Won 2 Awards!
Now this is a post I really enjoy sharing with everyone. We all know Kechara Soup Kitchen has done amazing work due to the combined efforts of so many gracious people. This award is a message that the efforts of these people are highly appreciated by others. I feel humbled and proud too. I would like to especially congratulate very hardworking Mr. Justin Cheah who really gives it his all to serve the homeless in many ways besides offering food. I am so happy his work within Kechara is recognized as he really deserves it. Justin does not ask anything of his job except the satisfaction of serving the public. I am so glad he has been recognized although he seeks no recognition.
Kechara won 2 awards at the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) 2014!
According to the award board, IMSHA is a “premier community award to publicly thank unsung heroes for their inspirational work towards the broader community”. There were 10 award categories:
- Active Duty and Veteran Services
- Animal & Wildlife
- Disaster Relief and Public Safety
- Education Advancement
- Environmental Preservation/Protection
- Health Services
- Human Rights & Social Justices
- Poverty & Hunger Relief
- CSR Awards
- Social Innovators
These 10 categories were applicable for 2 types of nominations: individual and organisation. The nomination criteria for individual “Social Heroes” and “Hero Organizations” includes the following:
- Consistently contributing their time, energy, resources for the betterment of others for the past 18 months (prior to the closing date of the nomination deadline).
- Demonstrate admirable values and character that can be emulated by others
- Carry out activities to benefit the Iskandar Malaysia communities.
Kechara won both the individual and organization nominations for the ‘Poverty & Hunger Relief’ category! Justin Cheah (Project Director of Kechara Soup Kitchen) received the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Award 2014 and Kechara Soup Kitchen won the ‘Poverty & Hunger Relief‘ Hero Organization award! This was given in recognition for the humanitarian works done by KSK Johor Bahru which started in 2011. How wonderful…
This inaugural event was held in La Grandeur Palm Resort, Johor and graced by our former Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi and the Johor Menteri Besar (Chief Minister), Datuk Seri Mohamed Hj. Khaled Nordin.
Over 400 NGOs and 170 individuals were shortlisted for this event. Each nomination was studied and analysed by the judges before the winner for each category were selected.
Malaysia is truly a wonderful nation for continuously recognizing community work and the kind and hardworking people behind it. The collective effort from an organized NGO, such as KSK, only serves to benefit the Malaysian society. Justin Cheah has been with Kechara for over 6 years, and has from day 1 untiringly and whole-heartedly worked for others. He has gained the respect from the hundreds of volunteers who participates in Kechara Soup Kitchen. They respect his passion, sincerity, selflessness and dependency.
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