Bali associations lend a charitable helping hand
Published on Aug 3, 2011
‘Hands for Our Children’ event sees US$5,000+ donated to help kids with cancer
Kuta, Bali, August 3—On Saturday July 30, a charity event held by the Bali Hotel Public Relations Association (Himpunan Humas Perhotelan Bali), partnered with Bali Tourism Media Association and Komunitas Insan Peduli, and assisted by the Bali Hotels Association, raised a staggering IDR46,837,000 (US$5,539) for charity. The proceeds will go to Yayasan Kasih Anak Kanker Indonesia (Indonesian Care for Cancer Kids Foundation).
With 112 participants and more than 300 visitors, the “Hands for Our Children” event provided a full day of entertainment, from the rousing opening by the Bali Choir Community to the razor-edged rock of Ripper Clown at the closing. In between, raffles were held with prizes ranging from dining to room-nights in Bali’s best hotels, while stall-holders generously donated their proceeds and time.
Yayasan Kasih Anak Kanker Indonesia (YKAKI) supports children from less-privileged households who have cancer, as well as support for their families. In this case, the proceeds will be used to help the foundation buy the houses they are renting at the moment to provide permanent accommodation for underprivileged cancer patients in Jakarta.
“When the foundation approached us, we knew immediately that we needed to do something to help these children, and the idea of holding another charity bazaar—as we did in 2010—just seemed like the right thing to do,” said Aswin Pranoto, chairman of the Bali Hotels PR Association.
“We wanted to let people know of these children and to be more aware of childhood cancer as people are not well informed about it. We hope we got the message across,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pinta Manullang Panggabean, co-founder of YKAKI, said: “We couldn’t believe that our friends in Bali decided to get together to do this for us, and we hope that, through this event, people are inspired to do something for the children in Bali.”
Sponsors for the event included official hotel partners Harris Riverview Hotel, Residence Kuta and Aston at Grand Kuta, as well as Bali Bird Park and In n Out photography, as well as media partners Bali & Beyond magazine, Bali Discovery Tours, Hard Rock Radio Bali, OZ Radio Bali, Paradise FM, Pinguin FM, CDBS FM, Sun TV, NOW!Bali, Let’s Eat magazine, Mix Media, The Beat magazine and the Bali Advertiser.
The bazaar was the second such charity event, following the success of 2010’s “Hands for Merapi” held last December, which collected IDR39,000,000 (US$4,612) as a donation to two villages that were victims to the eruption of Mount Merapi.