Spreading love to stop the bullies

Impress Academy managing director Robbie Tan Swee Thai, Lee and Moh with organising committee members.

THE Junior Chamber International Bandar Klang (JCI Bandar Klang) and Junior Chamber International Petaling Jaya (JCI PJ) are organising a 2019 Buddy Not Bully and International Children’s Drawing Contest (2019 BNB X ICDC).

The Buddy Not Bully programme by JCI Bandar Klang was initiated following a bullying incident that led to the death of an 18-year-old student on June 15, 2017.

JCI Bandar Klang president Gary Lee Poh Sing said bullying existed in many forms in school, at the workplace and in the cyber world.

“We are fortunate to collaborate with JCI PJ so that the impact of the programme can be further highlighted,” he added.

Since 2017, JCI Bandar Klang has been giving talks to secondary school students in Klang and Petaling Jaya and has included the BNB short video competition and drawing contest to spread awareness of school, social and cyber bullies.

In 2018, through a series of BNB talks and a short video competition, the programme reached 10,000 students and was recognised by JCI as the Best Local Peace Project 2018.

This year, the two JCI branches have joined hands to combine their projects to impart knowledge and skills of self-defence while raising public awareness of bullying in school.

“This crossover joint project was initiated after a fruitful discussion between JCI PJ and JCI Bandar Klang.

“Both chapters have a common noble goal to promote peace among children,” said JCI PJ president Jovie Lim Hooi Ping.

JCI PJ ICDC 2019 organising chairman Exin Moh hopes to promote the spirit of love and gratitude through the drawing event.

“Through this project, we hope to deliver the message on bullying, how we can stop it and how we can appreciate our society,” she said.

The drawing competition themed “Love and Gratitude” is divided into three categories – Category A (for children aged between three and six years old), Category B (between seven and nine years old) and Category C (between 10 and 12 years old).

Selected drawings will be exhibited at JCI Higashi Iruma, sister chapter of JCI PJ, in December.

The BNB international video contest themed “Our Life is Colourful” advocates against bullying in school and creating a loving society.

Registration for the contest is until June 15.

This year, the short video competition is open to Malaysian contestants as well as participants from other countries.

Prizes for the short video competition are worth a total of RM20,000.

For the video contest, participants only have to pay RM50 (until April 30) and RM80 after the early bird period ends.

The fee to enter the ICDC is RM35.

The 2019 BNB X ICDC will be held on Aug 25 at Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya, from 11am to 6pm.

Registration for the drawing contest will close at 10am.

For details on the video contest, call 017-5840266 (Edison), 018-2928081 (Kingsley) or visit buddynotbully.my/ or www.facebook.com/buddynotbully.my/

For details on ICDC, call

017-2548008 (Moh), 012-252 0799 (Pei Yoen) or visit www.facebook.com/icdc.jcipj/

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