Giving back to society during MCO

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 04 May 2020

Examples of paper art quilling handicraft by Premaawathy.

THREE tertiary students are putting their time during the movement control order (MCO) to good use by setting up businesses as well as charitable ventures.

Bachelor of Special Needs Education student at Quest International University, Chung Yee Kit said she and several friends were producing bags and baskets made from recycled plastic food packaging.

The Ipoh-born 29-year-old said she planned to sell these items during fundraising events for special needs centres, orphanages and senior citizen homes when the MCO is lifted.

“We throw away a huge amount of plastic in our daily lives and this affects the environment.

“We wanted to make the bags to reduce the amount of plastic ending up at landfills while raising awareness of recycling.

“This work can be done by senior citizens too and can become a source of income for anyone who wants to contribute to society, ” she said, adding that she was also looking at selling the baskets online.

Chung said the plastic packaging should first be cut into small pieces, washed and separated according to the design of the bag.

“They are then moulded and folded into rectangular pieces, which are then woven into a bag before a string is attached, ” she explained.

She said her team sourced materials from local coffee shops and friends.

“It can take up to one week to complete a bag as the process is quite complicated, ” she added.

Bachelor in Early Childhood Education student Afiqah Syahira Mohd Zamri, 23, has created different types of learning tools.

They include alphabet and number writing practice worksheets, flip cards as well as tracing and colouring books that are sold online.

“I started offering personal reading and art classes for children during weekends.

“I wanted to contribute during this MCO and help provide a better education to children through enrichment classes, ” said Afiqah.

“I did all the editing, art and laminating myself.

“During the MCO, I also produced tracing and colouring books as well as the alphabet and number worksheets in digital and hard copy, ” she added.

Meanwhile, Afiqah’s coursemate S. Premaawathy said she had sharpened her skills in paper art quilling.

“It involves coiling and shaping narrow paper strips to create beautiful decorations and heartfelt keepsakes.

“The idea came from my sister who gave it as a gift for her friend. We have 10 different products and a few more in the pipeline including paper clips, hairbands and pins, ” said the 23-year-old.

“All our work has been ordered by customers. However, we were not able to deliver because of the MCO.

“In the future, we plan to create more samples and sell them online, ” she added.

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