Boxing Day ‘Tissue Box’ movement

Ten years ago this very day, an unimaginable earth shattering tragedy struck the western coast of South East Asia (particularly Acheh and Phuket) and south eastern coast of South Asia (Sri Lanka) where two waves of Tsunami hit highly populous places on Boxing Day of 2004. Over 230,000 ppl and missing.

Media carried a lot stories very extensively, especially the suffering of survivors and those who lost everything, family and friends. Even the hardship of relief workers and volunteers.

That got this then eight years old girl to quietly start her ’tissue box’ collection and ask from family and friends to donate. She managed to muscle RM650.00, which was handed over to TV3.

Nine years old Noor Aishah Zaharah's one girl feat to collect donation through her 'Tissue Box' for the Pakistan Earthquake Disaster Relief 2005, was featured in NST on 13 Nov 2005

Nine years old Noor Aishah Zaharah’s one girl feat to collect donation through her ‘Tissue Box’ for the Pakistan Earthquake Disaster Relief 2005, was featured in NST on 13 Nov 2005

On 8 Oct 2005, an earthquake struck Pakistan during Ramadhan which many Malaysians risk their lives to provide relief for the suffering victims and survivors. Estimated 100,000 perished in this tragedy and over 3.5 million people displaced, all over the interior and highlands of the Islamic republic.

Again, media extensively covered the efforts where saw her own paediatric surgeon Mr Abdul Razak Mohamed performed an emergency surgery in the open, by the roadside which was the only passage upstream.

That footage she saw on telly drew her empathy to start another ‘Tissue Box’ collection which saw being passed around beginning Hari Raya Aidil Fitri season weeks later. The short Hari Raya season saw RM845.70 being collected, which was handed over to Peace Malaysia Chairman Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir.

New Sunday Times  featured her story on 13 Nov 2005.

Published in: on December 26, 2014 at 06:30  Comments (3)  

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  1. Noor Aishah Zaharah has the makings of a genuine leader, unlike some who show care and concern by remote control, enabled by info-technology.

  2. She’ll grow up and become a fine lady, one that that we can all be proud of as a Malaysian.

  3. Wish those who keep barking politically tainted comments on the flood situation in this country roll up their sleeves and join those assisting the flood victims like many others are doing in the affected areas.


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