June 2017:Charitable group seeks to help KL’s homeless
Started in 2011 by Natasha Reuben, Badass Monkies is a different kind of philanthropic organisation. After witnessing the lives of the less well off in Kuala Lumpur, Natasha decided to make a difference by providing food to poor and homeless people in and around KL.
“I just don’t believe we should have a problem with food and hunger in this world,” she said. “There’s just no excuse for it.”
She began by asking local friends for food donations, focusing mainly on non-perishable goods. To help raise extra funds for provisions, Natasha and her family then started holding parties at various clubs and condos to raise money for dry foods and supplies to the poor.
That’s where the name comes in. ‘Badass Monkies’ was inspired by a nickname given to Natasha by a friend after a big night out.
“Even the acronym BAM fits us: we organise fun, high-energy parties featuring reggae, R&B, soul, and some great drum and bass,” she explains.
The money raised from the events (along with the sale of trademarked Badass Monkies T-shirts) is then gifted to a number of charities around KL.
“We only work with authentic, reputable charities, such as Street Feeders, the Budimas Charitable Foundation, and the Hope Safehouse, to help them make a difference in the lives of real people,” she adds.
The group have also recently expanded their merchandise to include a line of caps, vests, shorts and hoodies. Wearing a Badass Monkies T-shirt is not only a symbol of willingness to support the underprivileged, but will also grant you free access to any of the organisation’s high-energy bashes.
So how can you help? To support BAM, check out their official website on details for their next major rager. The group also accept food donations (such as rice and noodles) and toiletries.
For more information head to badassmonkies.com or facebook.com/badassmonkies/