Due to overwhelming Malaysian generosity, a cafe in Kuala Lumpur which is running a charity campaign in aid of the poor now finds itself with more paid meal vouchers than hungry mouths to feed.
"It's a good problem. But we need more help from NGOs and individuals to bring in people, from old folk's homes, orphanages, wherever. You don't need to bring in big groups. Just two or three people will do," said Charlie's Cafe owner Desonny Tuzan, 41, who, together with his wife Debra Leong, 35, started a Pay It Forward drive in July.
Under the campaign, customers can purchase vouchers redeemable by those who cannot afford a meal.
However, the amount of support from fellow Malaysians has left Tuzan with 300 vouchers but not enough mouths to feed.
Each voucher costing RM5 (S$1.60) feeds one person.
"Malaysians are very generous. We are happy to give but we can do more (to help the poor)," he added.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday, Tuzan arranged a simple Christmas dinner for 97 refugee children - paid for by the cafe's patrons, of course. The campaign has been receiving much interest among Malaysians after it was highlighted in the news, with sales of the vouchers jumping two-fold. Since it started, 900 vouchers have been paid for.