Closed for MCO 3.0

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Due to the implementation of MCO 3.0 in Kuala Lumpur, MANZA House will be closed from 7 May 2021 – 7 June 2021. All activities will be cancelled during this period. Please keep an eye on our Facebook or website for further updates.

Stay safe and we hope to see you soon!

MANZA House is open!

Following last week’s temporary closure, MANZA House is back open for our regular activities this week. Should there be any further closures required, we will update members via the website, Facebook and email.

House temporarily closed

MANZA has become aware of some positive Covid cases among expats in Bangsar. With this in mind, we have decided to close MANZA House for all activities this week (26-30 April). This is a purely precautionary measure as there is some crossover between our members and friends. We look forward to seeing you all next week. We would like to remind all our members to continue practicing all SOPs, and help us keep our community safe.

Book Club starting soon!

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MANZA’s new book club will meet for the first time at MANZA House on Wednesday 5th May at 7:30pm. You are invited to bring up to three book suggestions and help select our first book for the year. Enjoy a glass of wine and a chat with fellow book lovers. The book club will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of every month, all meetings free for members, 10RM for non-members.

AGM Postponed

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Unfortunately MANZA is obliged to postpone the Annual General Meeting scheduled for this Wednesday 21st April, 7pm at MANZA House. Our sincere apologies for the late notice. We will post an update within the next few days as soon as we are able to set a new date. Please keep an eye on our Facebook or website for the latest updates. Thank you.

Waitangi Day & Australia Day celebration

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Children eating lunch surrounded by Australia and New Zealand flags

While it may have been a month or so late, it was so exciting for MANZA to finally host our Waitangi Day and Australia Day celebration in conjunction with the Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce.

Over 50 guests gathered at Out of Africa Restaurant & Kudu Bar for a fun-filled afternoon of games, swimming, food and drinks. It was particularly enjoyable for many Australians and New Zealanders from the two organisations to connect for the first time. The buffet spread from Out of Africa was delicious as always, and the children’s thirsts were quenched by chocolate milk sponsored by Fonterra.

Young and old participants joined in the egg and spoon race, three legged race and thong (or jandal) in the hole, with some fantastic prizes generously sponsored by Bluestar AMG and CarePark. Prizes for the raffle included wine from MANZA’s regular sponsor Cyril at AGS, an authentic Akubra hat from Christine Lawder, a meat pack and book voucher.

After a long year of on and off lockdowns with very little to celebrate, it was a huge relief to see this event go off without a hitch. We hope this will be the first of many more social occasions throughout the rest of the year.

Welcome back to MANZA

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Woman wearing bright fuchsia dress pours sangria into a glass

MANZA House has been buzzing over the last two weeks as we welcomed back our members for regular activities including Mahjong, Bridge and Craft. While we are not yet at full capacity, it has been wonderful to reconnect with friends, meet newcomers and resume some aspects of normal life.

Last Thursday was a particularly festive occasion as we finally held a welcome back coffee morning, originally scheduled pre-Christmas! What was to be mulled wine, made with wine generously donated by Asian Tigers, became delicious sangria. The MANZA committee supplied a decadent array of treats and the attendees all enjoyed their morning out. With wine to spare we also held a small raffle meaning we were able to raise some much-needed funds for our regular charities.

We look forward to seeing more of our members return to the house in the coming weeks, and will keep you all informed of further activities to be scheduled soon.

Women gathering around a table of food, drinking coffee and sangria
An abundant table of morning tea
Three women playing Bridge

Welcome back (again!)

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To celebrate the move from MCO to CMCO, MANZA would like to welcome members and friends back to MANZA House for a socially distanced coffee morning on Thursday 18th March at 10am. Ticket price of RM20 for members and RM30 for non-members will include tea, coffee, homemade goodies and some delicious sangria with wine very kindly sponsored by Asian Tigers.

Numbers will be strictly limited in accordance with SOPs so please register prior to the day at [email protected] You can also renew your membership before or on the day at the special reduced price of RM150 per family.

MCO is coming to an end!

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MANZA is delighted to announce we will be back open for our regular activities at MANZA House commencing Monday 8th March with Mahjong, Wednesday 10th with Bridge, and Friday 12th with Craft. Numbers are strictly limited in accordance with SOPs so please register your attendance in advance. Don’t forget your mask and be prepared for a temperature check and registration of details on arrival.

If you’d like to join any of these groups, please contact [email protected] so we can connect you with the relevant coordinator.

Keep an eye on our website or Facebook for further announcements on upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Help us help The Reading Room

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Over the past years, MANZA has worked with a number of charities endeavouring to make a difference to people’s lives. One of the charities has been The Reading Room, located in Kajang. The Reading Room is run by an amazing woman called Susie Devaki and she has asked us if we can put a message out to our members as they are in a fairly dire state due to COVID and the effect that this has had on their fund-raising abilities which supports their ongoing needs.

Unfortunately due to our own circumstances in MANZA, we are not currently able to provide financial support, as we were doing, but hopefully that will change as 2021 progresses.

For those who aren’t aware of what Susie does at The Reading Room, the facility focuses on caring for local children before and after school whose parents work or are marginalised in caring for them in some way. Children receive additional tuition – as they would generally attend daily school, and a daily meal. However, since March last year, they have been bringing students to the centre to help them to do their school work – online classes – and provide food. They are then sent back early in the afternoon and the centre brings another group of students who stay until later in the day. Due to the current restrictions, they are bringing in 10 students for 2 hours and they are socially distanced whilst there studying. They are currently trying to cover 40 students a day which is almost half the number they would generally assist, and this is of course due to the COVID restrictions however, lack of funds is a major concern.

Following is a list of monthly requirements so that The Reading Room can continue to operate. Food items are a priority however equally important are financial donations. If anyone can assist with food items or with financial donations, no matter how large or small, it would be gratefully appreciated.

Rent: RM850 pm
Food costs amount to RM1,800 pm (see list below of food items)
Transportation – this is collecting and transporting the students: RM700 pm
Bills: RM300 pm
Utilities: RM150 pm
Salaries: RM1,500 x 2 pm -= RM3,000 pm

To hopefully assist with gathering food donations ONLY and then taking them down to The Reading Room, we will be at MANZA House next WEDNESDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2021 between 10 am and 12 noon. Kindly note that non-perishable items can only be accepted. Please also note that SOP’s will be followed, so face masks, temperature taking and registration will be mandatory at MANZA. The list of food items required is quite extensive, so we have put below key items – again, that this list is the monthly requirements to feed the children:

Rice – 80 kg
Oil – 10 kg
Sugar – 10 kg
Milo – 15 kg pm
Fernleaf milk powder – 1.8 kg x 4
Dhaal – 5 kg
Evaporated milk – 5 tins
Condensed milk – 8 tins
Sardines – big tins
Flour – 6 kg
Babas fish powder, chicken curry powder, chilli powder – each 3 x 3 kg
Light and dark soy sauce – 3 large bottles each
Biscuit crackers – 1 big tin

If you are able to assist with a financial donation, below are the bank details for The Reading Room. There is also a contact number for Susie and her email address should you wish to contact her directly.

Business Name: Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak Kanak Kajang
Bank: CIMB
Acc No: 8600468573
Phone: +6012 628 0207 (Susie Devaki)
Email: [email protected]

On behalf of MANZA and The Reading Room, we thank you most sincerely for your generosity and if you can spread the word around to others about The Reading Room and the wonderful work they do, it would be appreciated. Perhaps some other sponsors may like to help them out too.