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Ipoh housewife uses her bracelet-making hobby to raise money for animal welfare

Tan’s bracelets that she makes to help raise funds for Noah’s Ark Ipoh Animal Welfare, The Kiko Food Bank, and Suka Cafe. — Photo by Farhan Najib

By Sylvia Looi

Monday, September 26, 2022 3:44 PM MYT

IPOH, Sept. 26 — Before her wedding, animal lover Maggie Tan did everything she could to save animals in distress.

Her rescue work, however, took a back seat when she became pregnant seven years ago.

But her love for the voiceless continued and she donated to shelters as she was able.

Her support kicked up a notch recently when she decided to donate bracelets she makes to help raise funds for Noah’s Ark Ipoh Animal Welfare, The Kiko Food Bank and Suka Cafe.

Talk to malaysian mailTan said she started making bracelets as a hobby during the Movement Control Order (MCO) in 2020.

“I come from an artistic background. During the first MCO, I decided to learn how to make glass and crystal bracelets.

Recently, while decluttering her house, she discovered that she still had a lot of unused glass and crystal beads and the idea came to her to make the bracelets to sell and raise money for animal rescue.

Suka Cafe operator Lam Kar Weng readily agreed to let Tan display his wares in a corner of his Canning Garden shop.  — Photo by Farhan Najib

Suka Cafe operator Lam Kar Weng readily agreed to let Tan display his wares in a corner of his Canning Garden shop. — Photo by Farhan Najib

She then approached her friend, Suka Cafe operator Lam Kar Weng, who readily agreed to let Tan display her wares in a corner of his Canning Garden shop.

“I started exhibiting the bracelets in July and so far I’ve managed to sell RM500 worth of items,” said Tan, who donated all proceeds.

Tan said the bracelets were between 14 and 17 centimeters in length and sold for between RM5 and RM20.

“No two bracelets are the same,” she said, adding that she could make five or six bracelets at a time.

When asked why she chose Noah’s Ark Ipoh Animal Welfare, The Kiko Food Bank and Suka Cafe for her good deed, Tan said everyone has their own way of improving animal welfare.

While Noah’s Ark Ipoh Animal Welfare and The Kiko Food Bank are registered organizations, Tan said she has known Lam from her rescue days.

“Apart from rescuing strays, he also helped neuter and neuter them,” she added.

Lam, meanwhile, praised Tan for his efforts to help strays.

“It takes passion to do what she does. Instead of spending time making the bracelets, she could spend it with her growing children.

He also expressed hope that others might join in the rescue.

“We can’t do much, but as a group we can do more. »

To support Tan and Lam, the Suka Cafe, which only sells vegetarian dishes, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Mondays.

For more details, they can be reached on 012-5017111 or visit their Facebook page.