Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation adopts two charities as it marks 10th anniversary

PM Lee Hsien Loong (centre, in red)  and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim (left, in pink) riding pillion at the launch of this year's Rahmatan Lil Alamin month, on Sept 6, 2015.
PM Lee Hsien Loong (centre, in red) and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim (left, in pink) riding pillion at the launch of this year's Rahmatan Lil Alamin month, on Sept 6, 2015. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
PM Lee Hsien Loong flagging-off bikers at the launch of the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Month 2015 on Sept 6, 2015. It was also the 10th anniversary of the RLA.
PM Lee Hsien Loong flagging-off bikers at the launch of the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Month 2015 on Sept 6, 2015. It was also the 10th anniversary of the RLA.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - In 2005, several mosque chairmen sat down to think up projects that would do good for all, and change misconceptions of the Muslim community.

Within four years, their Rahmatan Lil Alamin (RLA) - or Blessings To All - team had actively set up soup kitchens, fixed meals for the elderly, cleaned beaches and raised over $1.6 million for disaster relief.

On Sunday, the RLA Foundation added Ren Ci Hospital and Ain Society (Cancer Care Programme) as its first adopted charities.

From this month until August next year, the RLA Foundation will work with mosques and other volunteers to plan programmes to enrich and enliven the residents of the hospital and children with cancer.

The adoption of the two charities was officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the ITE College East on Sunday, as part of the launch of the RLA Month, themed 'Spirit of Caring - Communities in Harmony.'

As part of the RLA Month launch, Mr Lee flagged off 50 motorbikers from Omar Salmah Mosque's Ikhlas Bikers group, who rode off to deliver gifts from the RLA Foundation to Ren Ci Hospital and Ain Society.

From now until Sept 26, all 69 mosques in Singapore will carry out various activities ranging from tree-planting to beach cleaning and food distribution, to spread the message of doing good to all, regardless of race, religion or background.

To date, the RLA Foundation has collected over $4.8 million from the community, for the purpose of humanitarian assistance to 35 regions in over 20 countries; including for the victims of floods in Kelantan, Malaysia, victims of the conflict in Gaza and Syrian refugees.

amirh@sph.com.sg