Power of music to help victims

Brief caption: Performance by Zer0 Orchestra. (CHARLES CHIAM/ The Star/22/May/2015)

AN anti-bullying event for students on June 28 in Penang will harness the power of music to spread its message.

Child Rising, a non-governmental organisation, is inviting stu-dents age 12 to 16 from Penang as well as their parents and teachers to participate in the event.

It is themed ‘Where words fail, Music speaks... Be a Buddy not a Bully!’.

It will be held from 2pm to 4.30pm at Auditorium A on Level Five of Komtar.

Child Rising founder and chairman Priscilla Ho said the par-ticipants were encouraged to work in teams of five to 10 persons each to present an anti-bullying message through a rap, song, dance or skit which should not be more than six minutes long.

“It is hoped that students who participate in the event will share with their peers in schools and initiate their own music group to stomp out bullying,” she told a press conference in Komtar on Friday.

Ho said a 2012 bullying report by Microsoft stated that Malaysia ranked 17th out of 25 countries surveyed.

The survey was conducted among those aged eight to 17. Thirty-three per cent of those who responded said they were subjected to online bullying, 69% offline bullying and 84% to both types of bullying.

Child Rising is formed by a group of allied health professionals who are committed to raise awareness to stop child abuse and neglect and improve the mental wellbeing of young people in the community.

The organising partners for the event are Creativity At Heart, HD Training House, The Salvation Army and Zer0 Orchestra.

Khor Kar Hoe, 19, from Zer0 Orchestra, said music was a universal language that could effectively spread their anti-bullying message.

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace. When I hear music, I fear no danger. I see no foe,” he said.

Also present at the press conference was Penang Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman YB Chong Eng who said her office endorsed the event.

There is no fee for the event but registration is required for all participants.

To register, log on to http://goo.gl/forms/vkAoS6HFW7. For details, call 04-2109928 or 016- 4101498. Alternatively, email childrisingpg@gmail.com or hdhouse1988@gmail.com.

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