Teaching youngsters about charity


Students washing a visitor’s car at the parking area.

LAUGHTER and cheer filled the GEMS International School of Pearl City in Simpang Ampat, Penang, as parents and students came together to help the needy communities.

Together, they decorated the booths within the school offering various services and products on sale, to raise funds for the BOLD Association for Children with Special Needs, Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Penang.

While some helped out with a car wash service at the parking lot, others manned stalls selling food items such as cotton candy, popcorn, cupcakes, doughnuts and bobba milk tea in the school building.

There were also some who made arts and crafts such as paintings and fridge magnets for sale at the event on Saturday.

Several booths also provided thrills and fun for students through games and activities that challenged the participants physically and mentally.

School principal Stephen Phillips said since 2016, the GEMS Parents Support Group had worked closely with the school to raise funds for charity.

“This year, we continue the tradition, not only to raise funds for charity but also give students an invaluable opportunity to learn the meaning of charity.

Students enjoying themselves at the PlayStation4 and Nintendo games centre during GEMS Charity Carnival 2019 at GEMS International School at Bandar Tasek Mutiara in Simpang Ampat, Penang. — Photos: ZAINUDIN AHAD/The Star
Students enjoying themselves at the PlayStation4 and Nintendo games centre during GEMS Charity Carnival 2019 at GEMS International School at Bandar Tasek Mutiara in Simpang Ampat, Penang. — Photos: ZAINUDIN AHAD/The Star

“A portion of the funds raised in the charity event will be donated towards improving the lives of women and children affected by violence, those with special needs and animal welfare.

“Students will learn the importance of giving and sharing, and to solve problems through teamwork and collaboration.

“They will grow to be future leaders who are responsible and compassionate to the community,” he said.

The British international school offers progressive curriculum for students aged between three and 18, and is part of a global network of over 250 schools in 13 countries.


   

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