YDKMM International Public Relation Officer Siti Nabihah Zakaria (right) with Disaster Chief operation Mohammad Farizzal Rostam (YDKMM), (second from left) and Humanitarian Food For Hunger Icon, Mohamed Hazeman Huzir, (second from right). NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

BANGI: The Malaysian Muslim Welfare Fund Foundation (YDKMM) has appointed two celebrities as icons for its next round of winter humanitarian mission to Syria in January.

Television host Hazeman Huzir, and actress Nurul Hidayah Mohd Amin, who is known as Ardell Aryana among her followers, will join the mission and help the foundation to raise RM500,000 to provide winter aid to the refugees.

YDKMM action and disaster chief operation Mohammad Farizzal Rostam said the two celebrities with mass followers on social media and were role models for their other charity works were among nine people who would embark on the two-week long mission beginning on Jan 8.

“By joining the mission and embracing a more meaningful lifestyle, the celebrities are also spreading positive influence among their fans especially the younger generation,” he said today.

Present were YDKMM international public relation officer Siti Nabihah Zakaria and Hazeman, who is fondly known as Haze among his followers.

The aid, said Farizzal, would be distributed to the refugees in the form of food baskets as well as winter clothing that would delivered in a package, which the foundation described as “Box of Happiness”.

He said the YDKMM team would be assisted by Hayrat Yardim, which is a non-governmental organisation based in Turkey that has vast experience in charity works helping refugees in Syria.

“Our team will move around in Syria with representatives from Hayrat Yardim during the winter humanitarian mission.

“Apart from establishing standard operating procedures, the foundation is closely in touch with the Malaysian Embassy in Turkey to ensure the success of our mission and the safety of our team,” he said, adding that those involved in the mission would be undergoing medical checks two weeks prior to their departure.

“Those who are there know what to wear to prevent hypothermia.

“That was why we are collecting donations instead of getting a secondhand clothing business to sponsor us,” he said.

Haze, who frequently shares his life-changing spiritual journey on his social media accounts, is also known for his works with Food For Hunger Organisation.

Apart from forking out his own income earned from his YouTube channel, Haze said he would be helping the foundation to raise funds for the mission by giving talks at universities.

He is expected to join YDKMM for an awareness session on the woes of refugees in Syria at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia on Dec 3.

Like most people living outside Syria, he was also puzzled by the conflicts in the Muslim country and was curious to understand the matter by experiencing it himself.

“This would be an eye-opening experience not only for me but also followers of my social media accounts. I hope to develop a new perspective among my followers.

“I will do my best to share with my social media followers on my activities during the mission through my Instagram account and YouTube channel,” he said.

Siti Nabihah said YDKMM hoped to be able to raise the funds and transfer the money in stages to Hayrat Yardim beginning on Dec 31.

“Hayrat Yardim will help to buy the goods for YDKMM.

“For transparency, Hayrat Yardim will also provide us the financial report on the expenses incurred,” she said, adding that like-minded individuals who wished to contribute could do so by visiting the foundation’s website at ydkmm.com.my.