Just 30 Cents Profit, These Hardworking Tahfiz Students Will Still Do Their Part For Charity And The Environment

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As we all know, Malaysian cooking uses up a lot of cooking oil to serve up all the deep fried traditional dishes which often sees used oil ending up in our waterways, polluting the water supply.

Did you know that oil that is recycled can be used as biodegradable fuel? Cooking oil yields the same quantity as biodiesel fuel; one gallon of cooking oil would be converted to one gallon of biodiesel fuel, reports Grand Natural Inc.

Recently, 20 fellow students from Akademi Tahfiz Al Hira’ (ATAH) in Rawang, Selangor have decided to embark on a fundraising venture for their school while at the same time do something good for the environment. They have started up a campaign to collect used cooking oil from their community to sell them back to factories so that it can be processed safely for biofuels.

All the proceeds they make will be channeled to the construction of the new building for their school.

Hence, in order to help the tahfiz school to collect more used cooking oils, they came up with the idea to pay the local communities RM1 for each kilogram of used cooking oil collected, reports Harian Metro.

The collection effort was carried out through the Used Cooking Oil Collections Campaign held with Sentosa Youth Club (BEST).

Mohamad Izan Abdullah Halim, the spokesperson for the school said that they were very fortunate that BEST had offered to be a partner for the collection and purchase of oil from the communities around the Hulu Selangor district.

“The public can start storing their use cooking oil and sell them to us. This is an alternative to help us raise some funds besides avoiding wastage of used cooking oil.

“We only get a profit of 30 cents from each sale to add it into our fund for the new tahfiz building,” he said.

Izan further explained that as of now, a few maahad tahfiz around Hulu Selangor area had agreed to the collection of used cooking oil to be handed over to ATAH.

Even a few school and factory canteens had signed on to the idea.

ATAH is an al-Quran study center operating on three leased premises at Jalan Seroja 5, Bukit Sentosa, and houses 20 students comprising orphans and converts.

Meanwhile, BEST President, Muhammad Ayub Ombi said the collaboration resulted from ATAH’s initial aim to get youths involved in charity activities.

So to start it off, BEST will launch this campaign at the National Carnival of Sehati Sejiwa on February 3 at Batang Kali.

We at Malaysian Digest applaud this notable initiative by these enterprising youths and hope it serves as a lesson for all to start recycling, and not just your cooking oil!

-mD