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Saturday August 16, 2008

Celebrating women in society

THE latest gossip for a bunch of young people in Subang Jaya is the new youth event called Project GOssip.

The women’s social welfare awareness campaign has three phases — GO Away, GO Safe and GO Celebrate — that highlight the issues of violence against women, safe sex and appreciation of the roles of women in society.

Project GOssip is co-organised by Summer Sands Productions and the Rotaract Club of Taylor’s Business School, both of which are run by youths.

The campaign from Sept 24 to 26 also aims to inspire young people to be involved as agents of change in their community.

“GO Away is a campaign that focuses on violence against women. Together with the help and support of the NGOs, we want to create awareness on the many forms of violence against women and to encourage women to shun it by taking appropriate measures,” club president Tan Yan Liang said.

All set: Yeoh (centre) being briefed on the project by (from left) Rotaract Club of Taylor’s Business School representative Tan Yan Liang, Hor, Taylor’s University College student affairs senior manager Angela Pok and head of counseling and psychological services Dr Adnan Omar.

Besides talks on safe sex, responsibility, sexually transmitted diseases and the effects on oneself and others, GO Safe offers interactive and fun activities such as street theatre and a life-sized board game.

The three-day event will culminate in the GO Celebrate street party at SS15 Subang Jaya to show appreciation to the contribution and sacrifices of women to society.

Summer Sands CEO Bernard Hor said Project GOssip road shows would take place at 10 tertiary institutions in the Klang Valley and Nilai, Negri Sembilan, starting on Aug 29.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, who officiated at the soft launch, contributed RM5,000 to the project. Yeoh said young people were often undermined and people wrote them off but they must not stop being proactive to make a difference in the society.

Sharing her personal story, Yeoh said she only registered as a voter because of the inspiration of a young man, her current political secretary Edward Ling.

“It is very easy for young people to sit back, make money and say when I have the time, I will give money. Sometimes, contributions come not just in monetary form but in terms of ideas, time and availability to serve,” Yeoh said.

Project GOssip will see participation of celebrities Hannah Tan, Jason Lo and Suki as well as partnership from NGOs such as All Women’s Action Society, Women’s Aid Organisation Malaysia, Malaysian AIDS Council and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor.

“Our focus here together with our NGO partners is not to pull-off a one time stunt but to ensure a strong continuity of this GOssip brand in the years to come,” said Hor, adding that Project GOssip will be going to Penang at the end of the year.

Ticket to the event is by a donation of RM5 each and all proceeds from ticket sales will be channeled to a charitable home to be named later.

For more information on Project GOssip, log on to gossip08.blogspot.com.

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