One step closer to award


By N. TRISHAREENA HOO

(Left) Dhivenya and Saikirtti holding samples of the tiles used to replace the old flooring at the Penang Girl Guides Association headquarters in Air Itam, Penang.

QUEEN’S Guide Award candidates K. Saikirtti and R. Dhivenya, both 17, got one step closer to attaining the award.

The SMK Convent Green Lane students could not contain their excitement as they showed off the brand new flooring and newly painted doors at the foyer of the Penang Girl Guides Association headquarters in Air Itam, Penang, which they had raised funds for.

“We both had to raise a total of RM4,500 to convert the cement flooring to tiled ones as part of our three-month community service project.

“We also had the entrance doors repainted,” said Saikirtti, who raised her share of the amount by selling T-shirts she had personally designed, lychee-flavoured jelly, homemade muruku and contributions from her relatives.

“I sold my T-shirts online via Facebook and had my friends help me promote it on their profiles.

“I sold the jelly to my schoolmates and the muruku to my mother’s colleagues,” she said on Wednesday, adding that the experience taught her leadership skills, time management and how to be enterprising.

Dhivenya raised her share of the funds by selling T-shirts and fruit jelly to her schoolmates.

“I also sold butter cakes to my neighbours during Chinese New Year, washed my teachers’ cars and made friendship bracelets which I sold to my sister’s friends,” she said, adding that she received contributions from various companies and relatives after pitching her project to them as well.

She said that the project had taught her to independent.

“We had to contact several contractors and compare their pricing before picking the right one.

“We also had to go personally and purchase the cement and tiles, which is something that girls our age are usually not exposed to,” she said, adding that she and Saikirtti had tremendous help from their fellow Girl Guides.

Penang Girl Guides Association chief commissioner Chan Kit Sin said she was impressed with the work the girls had done as the flooring had not been changed since 1982.

“It was a long time coming and the tiles have brightened up the hallway.

“I am very proud of them and their contributions.

“It was nice watching them work with their respective committees, which they had formed for the project,” she said.

Chan hoped the girls would continue to support the Girl Guides movement after they have received their awards.

“They will be presenting their project in Langkawi at the end of April and receive their award from the Queen there,” said Chan.

SMK Convent Green Lane’s Girl Guides adviser Latha Pillai said it was the first time in two years that the school had candidates for the award.

“We are very proud of their dedication,” she said.

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