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Thursday January 24, 2013
By ISABELLE LAI firstname.lastname@example.org
KUALA LUMPUR: Actress Sazzy Falak is all for “youth power” in giving a helping hand to the less fortunate.
And for those who do not know where to start, she is encouraging them to join the 1Malaysia For Youth (1M4U) My Beautiful Malaysia programme that will kick off at Taman Medan here on Feb 3.
The massive nationwide gotong-royong drive, with an expected participation of a million young Malaysians, will include repainting school buildings, community halls and park facilities as well as clearing clogged drains and collecting rubbish.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who will launch the programme and the national Volunteer Year 2013 at SMK Taman Medan, will have breakfast with the youths ahead of the event that will be aired live over national television.
“For those who want to give back to society and get into the action, this is the perfect avenue.
“Just go and join the group nearest to your home,” said Sazzy, one of the 20 1Malaysia Ambassadors honoured by the prime minister last week.
She credits her upbringing and showbiz job for placing her on the path of volunteerism, which includes feeding the homeless.
“Being a volunteer has truly made me a better person.
“But I know there are many who would love to help but don’t know how to get started,” Sazzy, who has acted in films and TV dramas, told The Star.
Meanwhile, 1M4U exco member Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim said their coordinators would lead the state-level activities.
Everyone is welcome to join the activities, he told reporters here.
Present were 1M4U chief executive officer Dr Jake Abdullah, Sazzy and fellow ambassadors Michael Teoh and Anand Rajaraam.
Dr Jake hoped the programme would create a ripple effect and instill a culture of volunteerism among youths.
For more information, visit its website (www.1m4youth.com.my), Facebook page (www.facebook/1m4youth) and Twitter account @1m4youth.
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