Community Service

The American Association of Malaysia 2014 Annual Christmas Charity Bazaar is on the move!

As expats, it seems we’re always on the move – and if it’s not ourselves, it’s someone we know. The AAM’s main event for charity is moving, too. The 2014 Christmas Bazaar will be held at the classy Renaissance Hotel on 18 November 2014. Not only have we moved location, we’ve moved the time. There will be more time to browse, mingle with friends and shop the beautiful wares our local charities have to offer. By doing so, you further support our charities during this special time of year. And don’t forget our local vendors who will have an array of wonderful items as well.

On a separate note, last month I talked about the art of volunteering so I’d like to introduce you to an extraordinary volunteer, Marie Tripi, my dear friend. Marie works with great love of her chosen profession as a pediatric physical therapist. She works with the children at TASPUTRA PERKIM, a day care center for disabled children and one of AAM’s recipient charities. Marie’s a perfect fit with Tasputra and was introduced to them through AAM community service – one of the things your community service does – matching volunteers with organizations.

Even though Marie is on temporary assignment with her husband here in KL, she works diligently with the children, PT staff and other volunteers. She’s even made a training video and so much more. Recently, TV3 did a documentary on Tasputrav (http:// It was great exposure, and because of the show parents are calling to bring their children to the center. The need for help has never been greater. Tasputra is looking for a speech therapist and child psychologist. And of course, it always welcomes volunteers. Please pass the word along. And if you’re interested, contact Haijah Elahe Norman or Grace Jackson.

3498 Jalan Ampang Hilir 5,
55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(03) 4251 8619

This is what Marie has to say about TASPUTRA PERKIM:

“Some people who volunteer at the center come every day for a week or two. Others come one or two days a week and do that for months at a time. Tasputra is very flexible and that is the great thing about them. There are lots of things to help out with. It can be helping the kids with reading and writing, feeding children at lunchtime, helping out in the PT or OT rooms or donations of goods they may need at the center. If you have a heart for children and time to give, this is a wonderful place. You don’t have to have a special degree, though it’s awesome if you have that, just a willingness to help and a loving and caring attitude. These are special children here and they will steal your heart...”