Art competition teaches underprivileged children the importance of recycling

Chong (standing, third from left) with Ong (standing, second from right) with the winners of the recycle art competition during the CRC Recycle Day and Ambassador Signing Ceremony at The Mines Shopping Mall.

JOEL Wong’s participation in the Community Recycle For Charity (CRC) Recycle Day art competition was not solely to win.

“The competition taught me that we do not need to throw everything away, some things can be reused to build something new,” said Joel, 14, from Rumah Victory Charity Home Association.

Voicing approval for his friend’s opinion, consolation prize winner Teoh Elger, 11, who made a decorative vase from a glass bottle, found the competition a good learning experience.

“I have learned that we can give new meaning to waste materials.

“We can turn these items into art pieces and tell everyone that looking after earth is good,” he explained.

Organised to cultivate the recycling habit among youths, CRC president Datuk Joe Chong said the event at The Mines Shopping Mall would inspire future leaders to care for the environment.

“CRC Recycle Day aims to give a direction to the young generations to practise recycling because I believe everyone is responsible for a safer earth.

“The competition aims to help the children appreciate the concept of reusing waste materials.

“It teaches them to find value in every item they dispose,” he said.

The seven-year-old non-governmental organisation harnesses recycling as an instrument to generate funds for charity through creative repurposing of waste materials.

More than 20 children from the charity home were invited to take part in the recycle art competition which saw recyclable items being turned into art pieces.

While only a selected few walked away as winners, the charity home still rejoiced that CRC donated RM2,500 to them at the event.

Rumah Victory Charity Home Association secretary Nicholas Mok said the donation would help the home with some of its financial challenges.

“The current economy outlook has impacted us all.

“Our donors no longer donate as much and it is difficult to run the orphanage when the monthly cost of operation is RM25,000.

“In the past few months, we have started to withdraw our savings to cope with the increased cost of operation.

“The donation from CRC will help us to cover this month’s rent,” he said.

CRC also appointed local artiste Crystal Ong, 29, as its ambassador during the CFC Recycle Day.

An advocate for environmental activism, Ong said it was her responsibility as CRC’s ambassador to create awareness among the public for a greener earth.

“I think most Malaysians do not recycle and we need to change that.

“Recycling is good to save the environment but to do this, we need people from all walks of life to do it together.

“CRC is doing something good here, and as an artiste, I would like to do my part for the community and tell everyone that we need to come together to look after our earth,” she said.

Heralding a new change with Ong on board as CRC ambassador, Chong hoped Ong’s endorsement would inspire young Malaysians to recycle.

“With Crystal Ong as our ambassador, her passion for recycling makes her a good role model for Malaysians to follow,” the CRC president said.

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