Joyce­lyn Lee

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Dare to do -

THEN Com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant and writer NOW Founder of Pit Stop Com­mu­nity Café

Be­fore com­ing up with the idea of open­ing Pit Stop Com­mu­nity Café (com­mer­cial eatery by day, soup kitchen of sorts by night), Joyce­lyn was lead­ing Pro­ject Tikar, a pro­ject that pro­vided rat­tan mats to the home­less in KL. The mats mean com­fort, as it’s an extra layer atop cold con­crete and is a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive to card­board beds that got wa­ter-logged. But af­ter many nights of the pro­ject, she re­alised that there was more to be done to help. So, she left her com­fort­able cor­po­rate job, looped in co-founder An­drea Tan and a few like-minded friends, and opened Pit Stop Com­mu­nity Café.

For Joyce­lyn, she fi­nally took the leap to run Pit Stop full-time af­ter com­ing to a point when she asked her­self if this was all there is to life. Upon re­flec­tion, she de­cided it was peo­ple that mat­tered; fam­ily and com­mu­nity mat­tered. But what was she re­ally do­ing about it? ‘I don’t want to just ex­ist,’ she said. ‘I look at the line [at a soup kitchen] and some­times I see some­one that could be my grand­fa­ther, my mother, my fa­ther, an un­cle, an aun­tie, a blood rel­a­tive. And there’s a part of me that won’t let some­one suf­fer or let some­one go hun­gry if I can help it.’

And help she does; the café serves ev­ery­one who joins the line dur­ing din­ner ser­vice. It doesn’t mat­ter what their street clients have done that got them to where they’re at; you just help be­cause they need hope.

101 Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL (03 2022 2036/ pit­stop­cafekl.com). Mon & Wed-Fri, 11.30am-8pm; Sat-Sun, 2-8pm.

L-R: Joyce­lyn Lee, An­drea Tan

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