Muslim foundation adopts two charities

Berita Harian (BH) journalist Siti Aisyah Nordin receives a flower from a student at the Bogeswori School in Kathmandu, Nepal as she hands him a school bag and stationeries.
Berita Harian (BH) journalist Siti Aisyah Nordin receives a flower from a student at the Bogeswori School in Kathmandu, Nepal as she hands him a school bag and stationeries.PHOTO: MERCY RELIEF

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

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

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

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

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated at the adoption of the charities at the ITE College East yesterday, as part of the launch of the RAL Month, themed "Spirit of Caring - Communities in Harmony".

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

Until Sept 26, all 69 mosques in Singapore will carry out activities ranging from tree-planting to food distribution, to spread the message of doing good for all, regardless of race, religion or background.

To date, the RAL Foundation has collected over $4.8 million from the community, for the purpose of humanitarian assistance to 35 regions in more than 20 countries, including those affected by the Kelantan floods, victims of the conflict in Gaza and Syrian refugees.

The foundation was established by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2015, with the headline 'Muslim foundation adopts two charities'. Print Edition | Subscribe