Star Golden Hearts Award

The Star Golden Hearts award celebrates Malaysians from all walks of life – individuals or groups – who acted heroically and/or selflessly, building bridges between different communities, and in doing so promoting racial harmony and unity. The inaugural award was presented to 10 individuals and groups on Dec 16, 2015.

On 24 November 2016, we recognised 10 more individuals and groups who have gone out of their way to help others in need, regardless of race, colour or status.

If you know anyone who deserves to be recognised with this year’s Star Golden Hearts award, please email your nomination to editor@thestar.com.my and title your email, “Star Golden Hearts award nomination”.

For this year’s nominations, one-off heroic acts or initiatives must have been carried out in 2017. Long-term initiatives must be on-going, or carried out until 2017. Nominations close on August 31, 2017.

Please include your contact information (telephone, email address, postal address), the nominees’ names, contacts and details of their contributions/initiatives, as well as URL links to previous media reports. We regret that we are unable to acknowledge receipt of each nomination.

The winners will be announced in December 2017.

Star Golden Hearts Award is supported by Yayasan Gamuda. A Star-Gamuda Inspiration Award winner will be chosen from the pool of 10 recipients of the Star Golden Hearts Award 2017. This winner must fit the criteria of heroism, altruism and inclusivity. For details, go to thestar.com.my/stargoldenheartsaward

*All nominations will be reviewed by the Award committee for eligibility. Judges’ decision is final.

Sheila and Gunaseelan (right) are proud parents of their only child Thireswar, and see him as a gift to them.
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Reaching out through the deafening silence

23 July 2017

His story is one that’s fraught with challenges every step of the way but with devoted parents and sheer perseverance, he is all set to face the world.

Little man on a mission:  Ahmad Iszuddin has started the ball rolling by helping endangered turtles.

Boy, 11, has already got the turtles’ back

20 July 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: A video on the plight of leatherback turtles has set young Ahmad Iszuddin Ahmad Izham on a mission to raise money for their conservation, turning him into a budding Instagram star in the process.

Changed man: Lee is actively involved in organ donation campaigns.

Man gives back to society after successful kidney operation

14 July 2017

PETALING JAYA: Lee Chen Hoe, a cadaveric transplant recipient, is thankful for being given another chance at life after undergoing a successful kidney transplant operation some 20 years ago.

Turning over a new leaf: Ngiam serving tea to senior citizens at the House of Hope and Light.

Former hardcore addict now runs rehab centre

13 July 2017

KAJANG: He used to roam the streets in his Jaguar and live a life of luxury in his bungalow, and spent 30 years getting high all the time.

Wee (in red) and Mok (left) tutoring Chin Burmese refugee children at the Zomi Christian Fellowship centre in Kota Damansara.

Taking up teaching for refugees’ sake

13 July 2017

IT WAS indignation that fuelled the fire for Let’s Tutor A Refugee Child (LTARC) when the group first started seeking volunteer tutors on social media in 2014.

Safe space to learn: Kidzone Mentari is a one-stop centre nestled in Block 5 of Desa Mentari in PJS 6, Petaling Jaya, that benefits about 250 children of all ages through education and self-development activities. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

Reaching out to kids in poor urban communities

8 July 2017

Two NGOs in Petaling Jaya are reaching out to children in the urban poor communities by providing them with better after-school childcare and extra self-development activities.

Single mum will never forget the hard times

14 June 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Single mother Mydin Pathmah Os Abdul Kader (pic), 50, knows too well what it is like to be poor.

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A driving passion to care for senior citizens

12 June 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: As the founder of two old folks homes, Cheong Loy is responsible for the welfare of some 84 senior citizens.

One big family: Pau (first row standing, third from right) and Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey (in white) with volunteers and participants at the 12th Penang Cheshire Agoonoree at the Penang Water Sports Recreation Centre in Tanjung Bungah.

Special place in heart for Special Scouts

10 June 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Scouts have to learn how to tie all kinds of knots, but the Special Scouts can go one better – these scouts with disabilities can do it using their feet.

Heart of gold: Kuan entertaining some children at the 10-sen library in PPR Pinggiran Bukit Jalil.

10-sen man with a heart of gold

8 June 2017

PETALING JAYA: Kuan Chee Heng is often called “the 10-sen man” but the people he helps may see a much greater value in his deeds.

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