Buy a towel and help a refugee


  • Community
  • Monday, 13 Apr 2015

Together for a cause: Marina (fourth from left) with representatives from Alice Smith School as well as the Chin women.

SOCIAL activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir launched The Lost Towel Project at the Alice Smith School.

Under this project, parents are encouraged to buy a swimming towel from the school uniform shop in their child’s house colour for Chin refugee women to embroider with their names.

The towels can also be purchased online and come in a waterproof bag.

“As a parent, I can truly relate to this project as my child frequently misplaced items in school.

“With this, parents do not need to label their child’s things anymore.

“The best projects are those that marry a need with a cause,” said Marina.

All proceeds will be channelled to the Chin women and the project is coordinated by 12 Alice Smith parents supported by three Year 6 Challenge Award students.

The Year 6 Challenge Award is an opportunity for these pupils to tackle new challenges, improve teamwork and organisational skills as well as encourage community-based service.

Pupil Millie Baltzer came up with the Stay Dry and Help A Refugee slogan for this project.

“We then made posters and displayed them around school.”

This is Zac Connell’s second community service project,

Zac and Margaux Sidhu both also helped distribute flyers, got towel orders and ensured their timely delivery to purchasers.

To ensure the longevity and sustainability of the project, a new non-profit organisation called Pink (Parents’ International Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur) was set-up.

Their next big initiative is The Lost Food project where they will collect and distribute food items to orphanages, refugees and other needy groups.


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