Empowering kids through music

  • Education
  • Sunday, 18 Jan 2015

Melody makers: Volunteers and the organising committee of the concert with Ng (second row, second from left) and his family.

The UCSI Scholars’ Club (U-SchoS) recently organised the ‘Hands of Hope Charity Musical Night’ at UCSI University to raise funds to purchase musical instruments for three children’s homes.

The homes were the Chin Student Organisation (CSO) Refugee Learning Centre, Rumah Chrestus and Sri Eden Welfare Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, which serve as home to more than 110 underprivileged children and those with special needs.

The event received an overwhelming response from the public, with over RM10,000 raised. U-SchoS also received 50 ukuleles from L. Luthier and a complete drum set worth RM3,000 from an anonymous donor.

The idea to provide the children at these homes with musical instruments came about after volunteers from U-SchoS had worked on a community project, called Hands of Hope, tutoring children from these homes.

Besides giving them lessons in classroom subjects like maths and English, the volunteers also provided guidance in co-curricular activities, including music. Although the children enjoyed music and musical activities, they lacked access to musical instruments, hence the charity drive.

Hands of Hope volunteer and the event’s performance director, Kim Lim, said, “Through music, we really hope to equip the children with skills that can take them further in life.”

“The volunteers really put their heart and soul into the project. We should all continue this tradition of sharing,” said UCSI Group founder and chairman Datuk Peter Ng, who attended the event with his family.

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