Help us help The Reading Room


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.

Volunteer needed!


MANZA is looking for a volunteer to coordinate a fortnightly newsletter to our members. Now that we are no longer producing a monthly magazine, we would love to use this newsletter to keep members up to date on what’s happening at MANZA, share interesting stories, and update members on special offers from our sponsors. This person will work closely with other committee members who will supply most of the content for the newsletters. Your role will be to collate and lay out the content and ensure its timely delivery. If you think you can help or you’d like to discuss further, please get in touch with Georgina at [email protected].

Coloured hands surrounding text. We need your help. MANZA is looking for a volunteer to coordinate a fortnightly newsletter to members. Please get in touch to find out more about the role!

Australia Day and Waitangi Day event – better late than never!


As we enter another strange year of uncertainty under the cloud of a Movement Control Order, unfortunately MANZA will not be able to proceed with our traditional event to usher in the new year and welcome our members back to KL, which was originally planned for 30th January between Australia Day and Waitangi Day.

However, we are hopeful that conditions will improve in Malaysia and we look forward to welcoming you all for a day of family friendly games and delicious food at Out of Africa on Saturday 20th March from 11am-5pm. This event will be hosted in conjunction with the Malalysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. As well as the food and fun there will be some fantastic prizes on offer.

Purchase your ticket here

Flyer advertising Australia Day Waitangi Day event on Saturday 20th March

Merry Christmas from MANZA


As we approach the end of this crazy year, the MANZA committee would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season, wherever you may be celebrating. Very little about 2020 has gone the way any of us had planned, but MANZA are optimistic for a better year ahead. We would love you to save the date – 30th January – for a combined Australia Day and Waitangi Day gathering at Out of Africa in PJ. This will be a family friendly event with delicious food and games throughout the day for all ages to enjoy. As soon as restrictions allow, MANZA will resume our regular activities at MANZA House, and we also plan to reschedule our Christmas coffee morning as a way for our members to usher in the new year.

In the mean time, we encourage you to renew your membership for 2021 – see for details. This will help keep the house running and enable us to better plan our activities for 2021. We also encourage you to support our regular MANZA charity, The Reading Room, by making a donation this holiday season:

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

Thank you all for your continued support of MANZA, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Christmas coffee cancelled


Once again the CMCO extension in Kuala Lumpur has foiled our plans, and unfortunately MANZA’s Christmas coffee morning planned for Tuesday 21st December will not go ahead. The delicious red wine that was to be mulled for Christmas is now destined for sangria in January! We promise to reschedule a coffee morning as soon as we can in the new year.

If you can, please help us support regular MANZA charity, the Reading Room, by making a donation directly. Bank details are as follows:
Name: Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak Kanak Kajang
Bank: CIMB
Acc No: 8600468573
Phone: +6012 628 0207
Email: [email protected]

Christmas baubles with cancelled in text

Help support local children this Christmas!


MANZA has supported a number of charities over the past years and one of them is The Reading Room – located in Kajang.

The Reading Room focuses on caring for local children – aged between 7 and 17 years – before and after school whose parents work or are marginalised in caring for them in some way. Children receive tuition and a daily meal. More than 80 children receive these daily meals. Food costs alone for the centre run at more than RM1,500 per month and they desperately need ongoing assistance to provide these meals.

With Christmas in mind, and particularly with our Christmas Coffee Morning hopefully happening, on Tuesday 22nd December, we would very much appreciate donations of non-perishable foods brought along on the day that we can deliver to the Reading Room.

Just an idea of some of what they require includes:

  • Rice (Cap Rambutan)
  • Oil (Cap Sri Murni)
  • Sugar
  • Milo
  • Fernleaf milk powder
  • Babas fish and/or chicken curry powder
  • Sardines – big tins
  • Bee Hoon – big packets
  • Packets of dhaal

If you can’t make it to our coffee morning but would like to help support the Reading Room please get in touch. We thank you for your support!

2020 strikes again! Event postponed


Due to the extension of the CMCO in Kuala Lumpur until 20th December, sadly MANZA’s Christmas coffee morning will be postponed. We plan to go ahead with this event on Tuesday 22nd December at 10am, all other details as per our original flyer. Please do get in touch if you’d like to attend!

Let’s spread some Christmas cheer!


While the CMCO has severely limited MANZA’s activities in 2020, we are hopeful that we will be able to welcome you back to MANZA House on 10th December for a Christmas coffee morning. The MANZA committee will be providing some delicious Christmas treats (including mince pies!), along with tea, coffee, and mulled wine with wine generously donated by Asian Tigers. We will also raffle a lovely hamper kindly donated by Care Park.

You will all be aware how much charities across the country have struggled this year, and we would appreciate any donations of non-perishable food for MANZA-supported charity, the Reading Room.

To comply with SOPs we will require you to register your name and temperature on arrival at MANZA House, and wear masks. Numbers will be strictly limited so please RSVP your attendance to [email protected] (or here on Facebook). We understand that the CMCO may be extended and restrictions may change at any time. If required we will do our best to reschedule the coffee morning.

This event is a great opportunity to renew your membership or sign on as a member for 2021 – our special early bird membership fee of 200RM per family is available until 15th February. We look forward to seeing you soon!

RC Deaf Missions Malaysia needs Christmas blessing


As we all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for everyone, and particularly for charities which rely entirely on donations to survive. One of MANZA’s regularly supported charities, RC Deaf Missions Malaysia, is struggling to sustain their 14 year mission of enhancing deaf livelihood.

Christmas charity bazaars which are normally organised by associations like MANZA to generate income have been cancelled this year. Therefore, RC Deaf Missions have taken this initiative to showcase all their in-house sewn merchandise on their website for you to shop safely and comfortably from your home.

Everything you see here is designed and made by talented deaf folks. We hope you will find them beautiful and worthy as gifts to yourself and your loved ones. Thank you for your orders. Your support means so much.…/christmasblessing/

Christmas decorations on green background, with text "Christmas Blessing - an RCDM #stayhome online shopping initiative. 26 Oct - 16 Dec 2020. Free shipping for purchases RM125 and above. Thank you for being a blessing!"

You can still support Pink October!


Pink ribbon

MANZA was sadly forced to postpone our annual Pink October morning tea due to the CMCO, but there is still time to support the Pink Ribbon Wellness Foundation and breast cancer survivors. We have some PRWF merchandise available for purchase – caps, socks, t-shirts (in quick dry fabric), keyrings, pins, and notepad and pens. If you would like to make a purchase and/or a donation – any amount helps! – please contact [email protected] and we will get back to you.

All funds raised will go to the Pink Ribbon Wellness Foundation, run entirely by breast cancer survivor volunteers. We appreciate all your support for this wonderful cause.