The JOM BEKPES campaign, organised by non-government organisation Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ), was a bimonthly event involving 40 students from different private and public universities every session, serving around 250 people at a time.
Due to high demand, it is now going to be held almost every week.
For IOJ patron Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, it is reassuring to see the increasing enthusiasm among the youth in volunteering their time and energy for the benefit of underprivileged children and homeless people.
"We see this wave of altruism spreading across the country and Malaysia’s future looks promising because when these youth eventually become leaders, they will have developed a selfless nature and a habit of giving," says Hishammuddin.
To start, the first half of JOM BEKPES for 2018 is being sponsored by Pelaburan MARA Berhad, a financial services group and asset management company wholly-owned by Majlis Amanah Rakyat.
“JOM BEKPES is one way for Pelaburan MARA to show our care and concern for every level of the Malaysian society.
“As a living company, we hope to build relationship with those around us,” says Pelaburan MARA Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Nazim Rahman.
IOJ CEO Charles Mohan says IOJ started JOM BEKPES in February 2016 and till the end of 2017 there were around 25 sessions annually but they had to increase the sessions to 33 for 2018.