Using arts for a noble cause


NEARLY 25 artists contributed their art pieces to help raise fund for the Federation of Malaysia Thalassaemia Societies (FMTS) as well as to create awareness on the ailment.

A total of 174 of artworks are currently being displayed (June 8- July 6) at the ‘Art for Goodwill Charity Auction’ at the Penangpac, Straits Quay organised by the Friends of Goodwill.

“Projects such as this are always welcomed, apart from championing for a good cause it also provides a platform for our local artists both amateur and professionals.

“On top of admiring the art pieces, please take a moment to understand thalassaemia further. Given proper care, they (Thalassaemia patients) can be healthy and achieve great heights.

“I would like to invite the public to support this activity, come visit the exhibition and bring home a beautiful art piece,” said Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai during his opening speech at the launch of the event on June 9.

Organising chairperson Janice Kua said the ‘Art for Goodwill’ was a month-long art auction and exhibition with a silent bid exercise.

(right) Wong admiring the artwork

“We are grateful to the sponsors and artists who have donated their time, effort, art to make this event a success. Out of the 174 artworks, 154 are fully sponsored.

“Every Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm, there will be ‘Buy it now’ sessions offering ‘Buy it now’ prices.

“Bidding can be done here (exhibition) and also online through our website ( ( ),” added Kua.

Among the artists who contributed their artwork, the youngest was Ching Jiet En (14 years old), a talented kid who is autistic.

According to his aunt Ching Kim Chee, who is a retired teacher, Jiet En is fond of comics and just two years back he showed his interest in drawing.

“He has contributed 33 artworks for this exhibition, and he is very happy for being a part of this charitable event.

“When I saw the advertisement, I contacted the organiser and sent them some pictures of his work. They were impressed and welcomed our intention to contribute Jiet En’s art pieces,” said Ching Kim.

Jiet En, who hails from Sungai Petani, Kedah, is studying in SMK Bakar Arang and is attending special education class.

(sitting -clad in white) Jiet En with his family
Some of the art-pieces done by Jiet En
Teoh Kooi Pei, 35- Architect from Penang Arts District with her paintings



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