Sunday, March 26, 2006

Revamp of Hati Web Site

CHARITY portal (Hati) is aiming to increase its number of volunteers through its revamped website, scheduled for a relaunch at a charity fair tomorrow at Plaza Mont Kiara.

To date, this website or information exchange portal has registered more than 230 volunteers to assist in the various projects run by the charities listed on the website.

According to a Hati spokesman, the charity portal hopes to capitalise on this network by incorporating an automated volunteer management system in this new website soon.

The website, first launched in 2002, was revamped to allow it to be a more effective platform for non-profit organisations and underprivileged communities to create awareness of their respective causes.

The website also acts as platform for charities and NGOs to exchange information, ideas and experiences.

The spokesman said the website began with the intention of closing a �gap.�

�This gap refers to the fact that there are countless charities in Malaysia on one end of the scale and many Malaysians keen to help on the other end but they do not know where to go or whom to contact,� he said in a recent interview.

Since 2002, the website has recorded a monthly visitor count of more than 2,000, he said.

To date, it has more than 150 charity listings on the website, but Hati does not collect donations on behalf of the charities listed.

�We encourage donors and volunteers to establish direct contact with the homes listed to contribute donations in cash or kind,� he said.

On the charity fair, he said over 10 stalls from different charities would be set up to raise funds for the respective organisations through sale of handicraft, array of food and books.

Hati will also have its own stall to showcase its new web portal.

The event will also see performances from the various charities such as the Yellow House Society of Kuala Lumpur, disabled friends from PJ Caring Home and Pusat Jagaan Kanak-kanak Kurang Upaya Kirtash.

Other performances included in the day-long affair are from Francesca Peters, Troubadours, Kenny Tay, Jason Lee from Astro talent quest, Soul Sisterz and the Bantus Capoiera Group, who will showcase the Brazilian martial arts skills.

The fair is sponsored by, among others, Sunrise Berhad, Kamdar Group Berhad, UiTM, Nestle, Dumex and Khaana Peena Restaurant Mont Kiara and De Cruz Entertainment.

The Star

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