HUNDREDS of schoolchildren had a field day during a mini carnival organised by the Sungai Pinang Hindu Youth Organisation (HYO) at the Penang Polo Ground.
R. Rajhashrey, 13, was all smiles as she enthusiastically rose to the challenge along with her teammates to complete the games and tasks at the recent event.
Her first stop was a magic show booth manned by Dr Mohamed Asem Mohamed Ameerdin, 32.
He was among the volunteers at the event where 15 booths were set up for a fun-packed morning for the children.
Dr Mohamed Asem had the children wide-eyed and laughing with his magic tricks using playing cards, a magician’s wand and colourful balloons.
“I am a doctor and a lecturer, but I enjoy learning magic tricks as a pastime.
“I like to engage the children and in a way, help them learn something,” he said.
Other activities were dances, puzzles, handiwork, hula hoops and musical chairs.
Sungai Pinang HYO president A. Agilan said: “We are holding this programme for the first time with the aim of promoting interaction among the youths.
“The children are from more than 10 schools in Penang and we grouped them into teams.
“Working as a team, they need to take on the tasks and challenges at the booths,” said Agilan.
Also present, Penang Island City Council Community Service Department director Rashidah Jalaludin said the event was a form of learning outside the classroom that could help the students develop social skills.