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Tuesday April 2, 2013
By CHERYL HEW firstname.lastname@example.orgPhoto by RONNIE CHIN
A VOLUNTEERISM campaign at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Perak campus is showing that student life does not have to only revolve around academics to be fulfilling.
Organised by the university’s final-year public relations degree students, the campaign named Volunteerism II: Continuing the Legacy, got off to a roaring start at its grand opening ceremony on March 26.
Campaign director Lim Jean Nie said the campaign’s aim was to inspire the public and students to engage in voluntary activities as well as to help raise funds for the U-Liang Library at Tronoh Mines New Village.
“To accomplish this objective, the students worked diligently to hold fundraisers such as opening food stalls in the campus cafeteria and holding car washes a few weeks before the campaign.
“As a result, we raised RM82,000 that will be used to run the campaign, while also setting aside some to be donated to the U-Liang Library,” she said, adding that the organisers also collected 600 books for the library.
The campaign, which ran from March 26 to March 29, was opened by Daniel Wa, assistant to Kampar MP and Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong.
During his speech, Wa congratulated the students for their unyielding efforts and contributions in making the campaign a success.
“Doing good for society is a responsibility that each and every one of us should undertake.
“Today, you have showed that Utar students are capable of incorporating what they learnt in real life,” he said, before announcing a RM1,000 contribution from Lee to the campaign.
Jean Nie and the campaign advisers later handed a cheque of RM2,000 to the Kelab Komuniti Tronoh Mines, which runs the U-Liang Library.
Club chairman Yee Chun Weng said the money would be used to buy books and cabinets for the library.
“We really appreciate Utar and Lee’s contributions to the library that has benefited children and adults alike in the village.
“Our children also enjoy the tuition classes conducted by visiting Utar students, which gives them more motivation to study,” he said.
Visitors were later taken on a tour of the campaign booths, including a café completely made out of recyclable materials and a 2.5m tower made of nearly 4,000 aluminium cans donated by the Kampar public.
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