Supporting the survivors

For charity: Sheela (second from right) presenting the cheque to Arun (left). Looking on is Naavish (right).

WITH the theme “Shaken Yet Unbroken,” SMK La Salle Petaling Jaya Interact Club organised an International Understanding (IU) Day to raise funds for victims of the Nepal earthquake that left more than a million people homeless.

More than 30 students from the school’s Interact Club toiled, sweated and sacrificed their time washing cars, cleaning drains, houses and doing other odd jobs to raise RM5,000 for the people of Nepal.

Working over three months, they also organised a three-hour concert for those who suffered due to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

In addition, the students used social media to raise awareness on the plight of the survivors.

Organising chairman Naavish Nair and the Interact Club board of directors used the Interact motto “Service Above Self” to inspire Interactors from other schools to participate in the event.

“The motto embodies the idea of humanity and lending a helping hand to fellow humans in times of need,” he said.

“We wanted to help the earthquake survivors because we felt their sorrow and helplessness,” said Naavish in his speech to kick off the club’s IU Day.

The IU Day was attended by Nepal Embassy’s second secretary Arun Mahet, Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran, the school’s former principal Chong Ah Loi, La Salle senior assistant A.Kumarasan, Interact teacher advisors Sheela Devi John, Sharon Haris and more than 200 Interactors from secondary schools in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

The event was held at the Tun Hussien Onn Eye Hospital auditorium where more than 40 students performed hip hop dance, rap music and other energetic performances that entertained the guests.

Other performances included the famous Malaysian dance crew called Katoon Network and up-and-coming Malaysian band called Back2Basixx.

Last year’s La Salle Got Talent winner, Khalif Rizal serenaded the audience with his songs.

Tickets were sold for RM15 per person and badges were sold at RM3 each.

The public support was heartwarming, especially when the youngest donor is only six years old. Vyasa Dhewa’s mother came across the event on Facebook.

“Vyasa parted with RM100 from his savings of angpow money.

“Many others had also donated generously,” said Naavish.

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