Giving Back! Campaign

Students from Klang Valley campuses joined hands in organising a successful Giving Back! Campaign from 4 to 7 November 2014 and from 10 to 12 November 2014.

The volunteers, comprising students from the Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) and Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES), were enrolled in UTAR’s compulsory co-curricular units, namely, Community Project, Social Entrepreneurship, Arts and Cultural Performance Project and Theatre.

The Community Project and Social Entrepreneurship students visited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Tanma Women Centre, Jumble Station, Beautiful Gate Foundation, Women’s Aid Organisation, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Kechara Soup Kitchen, Rumah Shalom and Rumah Hope. Prior to the campaign, the Community Project students spent an average of 20 hours with their chosen NGOs to provide services ranging from teaching to spring cleaning at the orphanages. The students also taught the orphans to do some handicrafts which were being sold at the campaign. Students who volunteered at Soup Kitchen teamed up with the NGO staff to distribute food to the homeless in the city centre.

In order to collect funds for some other organisations, the students also organised fund-raising activities such as selling flowers and postcards, candies and cookies, and handmade soaps by refugees from Myanmar. Besides raising funds, the students also assisted the NGOs by promoting their in-house activities and recruiting new volunteers.

Among other highlights of the campaign held at Sungai Long Campus was the presence of SPCA’s pet ambassadors, Cookie and Zoey. Pyo Ng from SPCA also delivered a 30-minute talk to students on the proper way of caring and handling animals. She also introduced SPCA and its work to the students as part of the pet caring awareness campaign.

Students of the Theatre class, on the other hand, performed a drama based on the movie, ‘Rise of the Guardians’ to students at the Kuala Lumpur Campus. At the Sungai Long campus, students of the Arts and Cultural Performance Project put up a drama based on the story of a group of villagers in Malaysia who have come to accept their similarities and differences in order to overcome a tragedy.

Students performing a sketch on ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posing for a group photo are FAM students (front row, clockwise from right) Muhammad Sahril, Lee Ann Cheeng, Ooi Bao En, Choi Shin Ling, Wong Sau Fen, Yong Chooi Ping, Ooi Wei Yee and Oon Ming Kuan 

FMHS students (from left) Sim Chin Yih, Wong Kar Wai, Liew Li Chun, Yii Mei Xian, and Chan Xiao Qing posing with their mobile board for the campaign

Clockwise from bottom left: Pyo Ng, Alex, Alexander Cheng, Tan Gian Nee, Department of Soft Skills Competency (Klang Valley) lecturer Chan Siew Fen, Liew Chee Yan, Lee Cai Qi, Tan Poh Kim and Teo Wancy

FMHS students (from left) Barry Fong, Tee Wen Ping, Annie Chung, Wong Ee Chin, Wong Si Yan, Ng Yi-An were all smiles at their campaign booth

ACP students Harold Lim (left) and Ng Jack Win performing at Sungai Long Campus 

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