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Handmade craft in aid of charity

8 September, 2008

VISITORS to the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang can now participate in a charity drive by buying handmade craft produced by members of United Voice (UV), a self-advocacy society for persons with learning disabilities.

AirAsia is currently promoting UV's handmade products like greeting cards, bookmarks, key chains, fridge magnets, coasters and pencil cases at its merchandise kiosk at the LCCT. With the festive seasons approaching, UV will soon supply Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas cards too.

The entire proceeds from the sales will go to support the employment of persons with learning disabilities.

An AirAsia guest, Siew Ping Ann, said it was a very positive gesture by AirAsia to promote the UV products, as while helping a charitable society, it provides convenience to its passengers.

"I can conveniently buy a birthday card for my daughter while catching my flight home to Penang and there are many other high-quality handicraft to choose from. I think the saori craft is very unique and attractive and they are reasonably priced too," said the 32-year old consultant.

Unique: AirAsia employee Yvonne Lady Diana with UV handmade products at AirAsia's merchandise kiosk at the LCC Terminal, KLIA Sepang.
Unique: AirAsia employee Yvonne Lady Diana with UV handmade products at AirAsia’s merchandise kiosk at the LCC Terminal, KLIA Sepang.

Saori is an art of weaving by hand originating from Japan and which is dedicated to free expression and self-development for everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, age or artistic aptitude.

Saori weaving is pure impro-visation from the heart, with no premeditated pattern in mind. It can be created into clothing, bags, tapestries and many other useful items.

UV is a self advocacy society led by persons with learning disabilities. Based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, its membership includes persons with Down Syndrome, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy and global development delay.

"We are delighted that AirAsia is now promoting craft and souvenirs made by our members alongside AirAsia's highly popular merchandise.

"We would like to thank AirAsia for providing us with an excellent opportunity to raise funds for our sustainability and awareness activities," said UV president Johari Jamali.

"Through the years, UV has been an advocate to ensure persons with learning disabilities are given the right to be part of the community, to work, to so-cialise, to contribute and to be respected as an individual. We have had numerous awareness sessions with the public, government, employers, NGOs and universities to foster better understanding and acceptance by our community," Johari added.

AirAsia, through the AirAsia Academy, has also been employing UV members to train its cabin crew and guest support staff on handling persons with disabilities.

UV welcomes support from the public either through voluntary work or financial aid.

For more information on UV, please visit their website unitedvoice.com.my.

This article is a verbatim copy of the original article from The Star.

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