Healthy moms, healthy families

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PETALING JAYA — It was fitting that the Caring Moms Day Health Carnival was held during Mother’s Day weekend recently. Not only was it held in support of women entrepreneurs, it was also the first of its kind in promoting health and wellness among mothers.

The carnival held at Sunway Nexis was organised by support Facebook group Caring Moms, an online platform set up to economically empower mothers. It saw more than 200 stalls offering everything from food and handmade bags to beauty products.

Caring Moms co-founder Umesh Narasimhaiah, 36, said the theme “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families”, was to impress upon mothers the importance of staying healthy, which will in turn enable them to raise healthy families.

“Society has high expectations of mothers in taking care of the kids and their households, whether they are working or otherwise.

“Our event today not only provides opportunities but it also boosts the confidence of the women, aside from addressing their health matters.”

Umesh said Caring Moms has about 63,000 members with another 30,000 more pending approval to join the group.

“We screen our members thoroughly to ensure they are genuine about wanting to join the group,” he said, adding the event was also held to mark the group’s first anniversary on April 13.

Meanwhile, stay-at-home-mom Tang Siew Leng, 35, from Ipoh to not only promote her homemade beauty products but to also show support for other mothers who run small businesses from home.

Beauty brand Rainforest Bodycare director worked as a research and development chemist for six years before deciding to stay home full-time after her second son was born two years ago.

“I was a personal care formulator in the pharmaceutical industry, so I used what knowledge I had to formulate my homemade soaps and balms. I became a member of Caring Moms in October last year, and I find it to be a great platform to help mothers start up their businesses,” said Tang.

Also at the carnival were siblings Tan Yenn Yenn, 25, and Tan Yenn Li, 32, who opened a booth on behalf of their mother, Linda Lim, 58, who runs a floral business named Honeybee.

Tan, a programmer, said she helps her mother from time to time at the store, including arranging flower bouquets for weddings, opening ceremonies and gift boxes.

“This is the first Caring Moms event we’re participating in since we joined last year,” she said.

“It is a good idea to bring together mothers and their children who share common interests.”

Meanwhile, primary school student Anastasia Noelle Marie Miles, 6, was seen assisting her mother, Genevieve D’Souza, 37, who is a part-time baker.

Genevieve, who is from Aman Perdana, Klang, said her daughter enjoys the bonding time, helping out with tasks such as putting product stickers onto the boxes.

Another aspiring young entrepreneur is Oliver Oh, 10, who has accompanied his mother, Nicole Khi, 41, to the other bazaars organised by Caring Moms prior to this.

He participated in Caring Moms’ Junior Entrepreneurs Bazaar in December, which was held to nurture entrepreneurial spirit in children.

Also present during the launch of the event on May 13 were Kechara Soup Kitchen president Datuk Ruby Khong, Sunway Group exco member Puan Sri Susan Cheah, and Tunku Maziah Tunku Mokhtar.

This marks the fourth bazaar held by the community group since its inception in April.