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IPOH: The state government's charity arm, Yayasan Bina Upaya (YBU), is inviting volunteers to take part in a gotong-royong walkabout in conjunction with Malaysia Day.
YBU international relations and volunteer unit manager Jodh Sigh said it was a chance for the public to help clean up the city, while showing off their patriotic side at the same time.
"Being part of the community service is a hands-on approach for volunteers to show their love for the city, country and fellow countrymen.
"Participants will also be given mini Jalur Gemilang flags to distribute as they go along on their gotong-royong walkabout," he said at a press conference here.
He said the half-day programme included a free lunch, treasure hunt and lucky draw for participants.
"Popular local singer, actor and comedian Cat Farish is also roped in to join as YBU's ambassador.
"Apart from engaging in the gotong-royong activity, Farish will be entertaining with a short performance," said Jodh.
He said the programme, organised in collaboration with the Ipoh City Council (MBI), is aimed at promoting the spirit of togetherness and responsibility among community members.
"We also hope to promote public participation under YBU's voluntary squad members, known as the "Bina Upaya Icon" (IBU) squad."
He said some 1,000 existing IBU squad members had been signed up for the event.
"On the day, the interested public will also be registered as IBU squad members for them to be part of YBU's future programmes and events," he said.
He said currently, there were over 3,000 IBU squad members in the state, helping to spread knowledge about YBU's aid schemes which include micro credit loans, higher education funding and housing construction.
"They are also the agents who feed us with information about needy cases in their community for YBU to extend aid or assistance," he said.
The Sept 16 programme, scheduled between 7am and 12pm, is set to take place with registration at Ipoh field along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and continue in the surrounding area including at Little India in Jalan Lahat and the Ipoh Railway Station.
For registration as an IBU squad member and other details, visit www.yayasanbinaupaya.com or contact 05-2550355.