THIRTY student volunteers from Victoria International College (VIC) and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unirazak) helped bring a smile to the city’s less fortunate residents on the first day of Chinese New Year.
They took part in the “Jom CNY” charity feast organised by Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) at Pusat Transit Gelandangan Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the festive celebration.
The programme, which started at 7am, saw 200 people including the homeless, stateless children and transit home residents being treated to fried noodles, curry puffs, popiah and fried chicken.
VIC student Thiagarajan Loganathan, 23, said the programme helped him see life from a different perspective.
“This is my second time volunteering with IOJ. The last time I volunteered, we provided breakfast to the homeless and underprivileged children in Kuala Lumpur.
“Working with those who are less unfortunate has taught me to better appreciate the things I have in life.
“I feel happy to have contributed something to them during this festive season, ” said the undergraduate who is studying to become a physiotherapist.
Another student volunteer Muhammad Amirul Afif Jamzaman, 20, from Unirazak found the experience fulfilling.
“I wanted to volunteer again after my first experience with IOJ when we fed the homeless.“It feels great to make others happy, especially the less fortunate and share the festive season with them.
“I wish more young people will volunteer their time to help those in need, ” said the accounting undergraduate.
His fellow undergraduate Wan Muhd Syafiq Faiz Mohd Shriff, 20, said this was not his first volunteering experience as he has participated in several activities before.
“Initially, I only did voluntary work because it was a compulsory requirement in the ‘community engagement’ module that I took in college.
“However, after my first experience, I found that I was comfortable working with underprivileged children, ” he said.
VIC student Nor Syahidah Ishak, 23, said she planned on volunteering for more charity events in the future after her first “Jom CNY” experience.
IOJ chief executive officer Charles Mohan said it had organised many programmes since 2016 and that these events would encourage volunteerism among the young.“It is hoped that these programmes will serve as a platform to encourage youths to become volunteers.
“Through such programmes, we have learned that our younger generation is eager to lend their help to those in need, ” he said.
He also thanked the Federal Territories Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall for supporting IOJ’s programmes.
The attendees were also entertained by a lion dance performance. Also present was Mister Tourism 2019 champion Danial Hansen.
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