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Caring contribution: (First to fifth from left) Sivasaranya, Vanitha, Priyadarshini, Hanna and Chow pose with Lim and Poh (second and first from right) at the ceremony.

Caring contribution: (First to fifth from left) Sivasaranya, Vanitha, Priyadarshini, Hanna and Chow pose with Lim and Poh (second and first from right) at the ceremony.

I-CARE Day is an annual charity event organised by Sunway College’s Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) students and lecturers to raise funds for a good cause.

Each year, an organisation is chosen to receive the funds raised.

This year, AUSMAT director Vanitha Satchithanadan handed over a cheque for RM17,000 to United Voice representatives comprising lead coordinator Yeong Moh Foong, committee member Lim Mei Chan and Janet Poh Chai Hoon.

United Voice is a self-advocacy society, led by persons with learning disabilities, that aims to empower people with learning disabilities by teaching them skills that will help them lead an independent life.

Members of the society include persons with Down Syndrome, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and cerebral palsy.

Yeong expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the donation, thanking AUSMAT lecturers and students for their time and effort.

The decision to channel funds raised from AUSMAT’s annual I-Care Day to United Voice was spurred by the desire to raise awareness about those with learning disabilities.

“There was so much excitement for I-Care Day. It was inspiring to see students and lecturers excited and passionate in their efforts to raise money for United Voice,” said Vanitha.

The funds were raised through two I-Care Day events – a charity drive and a treasure hunt.

The charity drive saw the participation of all AUSMAT students, with each class assigned a booth at which to sell food or games.

“It was definitely a great experience as each class worked extremely hard to raise funds,” said AUSMAT student council president Stephen Chow.

“This year, the students and lecturers, came up with a treasure hunt. This was something new and different for I-Care Day. They had so much fun that we might plan another for next year,” said Vanitha.

“Here, at Sunway College, we aim to provide a holistic education for our students.

"It’s not all about learning, but also how they can contribute to society," she said.

Vanitha said events like I-Care Day provide students with various opportunities to explore what they learnt in the classroom.

Also present were student Hanna Hanapiah and AUSMAT lecturers Sivasaranya Sivabathalingam and Priyadarshini Palaniappan.

AUSMAT , fund raising , United Voice

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