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Producer Sheila Timothy raises funds for street children

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, July 23, 2020  /  05:32 pm
Producer Sheila Timothy raises funds for street children

Lifelike Pictures producer Sheila "Lala" Timothy. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

As the country commemorates National Children's Day on Thursday, celebrated producer Sheila “Lala” Timothy has teamed up with crowdfunding platform BenihBaik.com to raise funds to help street children in Indonesia.

According to a statement, Lala became interested in social issues in the country, especially those related to children, after working on the 2009 film Pintu Terlarang (Forbidden Door), which features child abuse scenes.

“I’ve seen a high number of child abuse [cases] such as bullying, which always ends up in violence,” said Lala in the statement, adding that she hoped to find a solution that could allow all children to grow and live a decent life.

The public can contribute to the initiative by donating through bank transfers, credit cards, Gojek’s digital wallet GoPay or other digital payment services.

By Thursday, the funds collected had reached Rp 630,002 (US$43.16) of the Rp 40 million target.

Proceeds from the crowdfunding will be donated to various BenihBaik.com campaigns that focus on the welfare of street children and provide children with nutritious food, school supplies and a learning center.

The donations would also be given to street children communities across Greater Jakarta, Bandung in West Java and Surabaya in East Java.

BenihBaik.com founder Andy F. Noya said street children required special attention. “We all also wish to give them valuable activities for their future instead of living on the street,” Andy said.

Lala, who cofounded production house Lifelike Pictures in 2008, was featured in Variety’s 2020 International Women Impact Report alongside other influential women figures. The company itself has produced several iconic titles, including Pintu Terlarang, Modus Anomali (2012), Tabula Rasa (2014) and Wiro Sableng: Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212 (212 Warrior) (2018). (wir/kes)

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