Friday, November 4, 2011

That Time of The Year

You all must have been wondering about the advertisement we placed under the header that says "Qurban for Life." If you had clicked on it, you would be taken to a website dedicated to the cause. From there, you can get more information and proceed to donate for the cause. Or you can click here. The website is written entirely in Malay but there's google translator.

You see, every year, Mama's office organise the slaughter of either sheep or cow and then distribute them to the poor. Usually, slaughter will take place in an abattoir in Australia, the meat is then shipped to Malaysia for canning, and then the canned meat is sent to the recipient countries. The beneficiaries vary from year to year, depending on where food aid is needed most. This year, the plan is to send them to Somalia. In the past years, containers had gone to countries like Iraq, Palestine, Bosnia, Jordan, Yemen, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.  

Qurban means sacrifice in Arabic, following the Abrahamic tradition of slaughtering an animal in the saeson of pilgrimage. The meat from the slaughtered animal is then distributed among the poor. In modern days, sometimes there are no poor people in areas where people make these sacrifices, thus advisable to distribute them away. By canning the meat, like what Mama's organisation is doing, distribution can even be done in countries or even continents that are thousands of miles away. Mama's organisation is one of the pioneers in performing Qurban this way, having done so for the past 20 years.  In Malaysia, this method was introduced in 2003 and so that makes it the eighth year that Malaysians have been able to participate.  Of course, donations from overseas are also accepted, online donations are possible via the website.

For the past eight years, Mama has been doing the annual abattoir duty that has also taken her to exotic locales in Australia such as Crainbourne (Victoria), Dubbo (New South Wales), Albany (Western Australia) and Gympie (Queensland). Not exactly on the beaten tourist paths but these places are interesting and in fact we've written about some of them, Dubbo and Gympie to be exact. Please use the search button on the right if you want to read the concerned write ups.

Okay, here's the plug. For just RM380 (USD120.50/AUD117.35/CAD122.55/GBP75.55), you get a sheep or 1/7th of a cow that can feed a family of four for about a month. The beauty of giving canned meat is its long shelf life of three years compared to fresh meat that would have to be refrigerated or frozen.

The finished product - corned beef. Sometimes we produced corned mutton, depending on available livestock.
"You know who" at the cattle holding pen - before the slaughter. I'm not going to show the slaughter process here, it's gory and might offend some kitties and hoomans.
The meat is then put in boxes and kept in the freezer before shipping to cannery.
"You know who" inspecting the refrigerated container where the meat is kept.
Distribution in recipient country - this was done in Lebanon, for Palestinian refugees.
Angelina's note: Donations are accepted until Monday Nov 7th. So, hurry up. purrr....meow!


Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

A great idea to make canned meat that´s not needed to keep cool !

Whisppy said...

Canning food is definitely a good idea in extending the shelf life. I went to a slaughter house back when I was in college (years and years and years ago) and never really recovered from I know what you mean when you said it is gory...

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Kjelle Bus,
The technology is already there so what we need is just some logistical creativity. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Whisppy dear,
You went once and haven't really recovered. Mama has been on duty eight times plus some off season visits....will she ever recover? purrr...meow!

jul said...

hai Cat-from-Sydney, klu masukkan yr bank account boleh x? malasle nak pos bank slip semua tu...very the busy ..purrr,meow

Monyet King said...

Will post the link on facebook . BTW, will there be canned cat food ?

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Jul,
Can do online banking maaa! Email ajelah the details. Tak payah pos, sbb kita punya resit tu tax deductible, nanti you boleh claim income tax. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Your Royal Monyetness,
Canned cat food? Plenty in our house. Nak? I gave some to Lulu last time. purrr....meow!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

A very good cause and way to distribute all those qorban meat.

Sandy said...

I noticed this canning trend in Indonesia too. I agree, it's a much better option to extend the shelf life so the meat can be enjoyed any time of the year :D.

Anyhow, what's sad is.. in Indonesia some people use qurban day for showing off purpose.Last year, an angry cow went into our office garage and wrecked my colleague's motorbike's rearview mirror.
When he confronted the cow's 'owner' all he said was , "what do you want ? The cow did it, ask for the money from the cow!" sigh... he can donate a cow, cannot pay for a mirror.

Unknown said...

Alhamdulillah for people like U, the poor gets to taste some meat every year!

I qurban di Cambodia tahun ini. Kita adik beradik kongsi beli sekor lembu di sana, via ustaz di sebuah tahfiz yg isterinya seorang Cambodia. Its only about RM230 per bahagian sbb duit kita besar and lembu diorang murah.

So, semoga ibadah qurban kita diterima Allah dan diberi ganjaran di akhirat kelak. I also wish to give a Hari Raya Aidil Adha hug here!

*big warm hug*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

MKG dear,
There's too much pembaziran going on here so isn't it better to send it elsewhere? purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
Qurban or sacrifice is supposed to teach you patience and humility. That cow "owner" obviously hasn't learned those. I'd like to claw him into submission and humility. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Ahan,
(((((HUGS))))) purrr....meow!