18 Jul Jom Bekpes 2016!


Inviting KL’s homeless and Chow Kit’s less fortunate to JOM BEKPES!


Details of first JOM BEKPES!

Date: Feb 17, 2016

Time: 7am till 8.30am

Place: In front of KL Krash Pad (Yayasan Chow Kit) at 346, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

Contact person: Hamzah Nazari (019-261 5931)


Tentative Schedule


Arrival of volunteers


Preparation of food and drinks


Arrival of media


Breakfast distribution starts


Press conference




Pretty much everyone has heard the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but how many of us actually take the time to grab a healthy bite in the morning?

“While this may just be something some of us simply overlook, there are others who are struggling to find even one meal a day let alone “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”, as the adage goes,” said Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) CEO Charles Mohan.

To this end, IOJ are partnering with Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK) to feed the homeless and Chow Kit’s less fortunate kids in Kuala Lumpur but unlike other soup kitchens which take place at night, the aim this time is to invite them to start their day on a full belly.

The brainchild of IOJ’s patron Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein Onn, JOM BEKPES! is the first early morning ‘soup kitchen’ of its kind in Kuala Lumpur and will be held on Feb 17 from 7am till 8.30am in front of KL Krash Pad (Yayasan Chow Kit) at 346, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

“Volunteers, consisting of students from local universities, members of the public, and staff from IOJ and YCK, will be on-hand from as early as 6am to prepare the free food and drinks that will be handed out to the homeless and Chow Kit’s less fortunate kids who would be unable to obtain the sustenance they need in any other way.

“Less fortunate children will be able to have something to eat and go to class with their bellies full and their minds ready to be filled while homeless adults, such as the youth and elderly who are struggling to get by, can also start the day on the right foot,” said Charles.

According to YCK KL Krash Pad centre manager M. Pusenthi, this first-time free breakfast is expected to help at least 100 of those in need, including some 45 homeless or less fortunate children from YCK, aged 7 to 18 years, as well as around 20 to 50 homeless people most of whom are elderly.

“A lot of people volunteer at night-time because they are busy during the day, but it is more important to start your day with a good breakfast.

“They say that there are lot of children that go to school with empty stomachs. This initiative would provide a nice free breakfast for those who need it the most,” she said.

However, IOJ does not intend to stop after just one meal and plans to invite more of Kuala Lumpur’s homeless and Chow Kit’s less fortunate kids to JOM BEKPES! twice a month during an initial 13-month campaign in collaboration with YCK and private and public universities.

Among the universities taking part on the 17th are Universiti Tun Razak (UTR), Kolej Tun Syed Nasir Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and Universiti Malaya (UM), though other public and private universities are being targeted to participate in the future including Taylor’s University, MAHSA Universiti, SEGi Unversity and KDU University College among others which have previously worked together with IOJ during the Malaysia United Run 2015.

Members of the public and interested bodies are also encouraged to visit IOJ’s social media pages at facebook.com/iojthetouch, @institutonnjaafar on Instagram or @iojthetouch on Twitter to find out more or to register as volunteers.

Just how important is breakfast?

A recent study by public health experts at Cardiff University on Nov 17 last year, which was published in the Cambridge Public Health Nutrition journal, found a “direct and positive link between pupils’ breakfast quality and consumption, and their educational attainment” (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/162112-good-breakfast,-good-grades).

The results of the study, which sampled 5,000 pupils aged 9 till 11 years-old over a period of 6-18 months, found that the odds of achieving an above average educational performance were up to twice as high for pupils who ate breakfast compared with those who did not.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also included, in its suggestions to parents for the promotion of healthy nutrition at home, for children and adolescents to be provided with a healthy breakfast before each school day (http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/childhood_parents/en/).

Breakfast was also recognised as important by WHO when, during the 2014 edition of the World Diabetes Day, they noted that starting the day with a healthy breakfast can help individuals manage their weight and, for people living with diabetes, keep blood glucose levels stable. (http://www.who.int/nmh/events/2014/world-diabetes-day/en/). This is an pertinent fact as Diabetes Mellitus is the sixth highest killer in Malaysia as of 2014 according to data by WHO.


About Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ)

Institut Onn Ja’afar IOJ is a non-governmental organisation in Malaysia on September 7, 2014. IOJ’s patron is Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein Onn. IOJ’s vision is to become the leading non-profit organisation in Malaysia. IOJ’s mission is to help the poor and vulnerable.

IOJ helps the poor and vulnerable in 5 ways:

• Medical check- ups and humanitarian relief

• Volunteers teach poor children for free

• Gather and distribute material aids during disaster

• Coordinate food aid and distribution

• On-ground mobilisation of volunteers

If you want to make a change in someone else’s life, and kick start your volunteer adventure, sign up with IOJ.

For more information, contact Hamzah Nazari at 019-261 5931.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]