College students raise RM18,000 via online bazaar for disabled children’s charity

Law (left) and Kang Jia Hui presenting a cheque for the purchase of the medical refrigerator and stainless steel trolley to Johor Disabled Children Charitable and Cares Organisation founder and president Yahya Haidrus.

JOHOR BARU: Despite setbacks, six students from a local college managed to raise more than RM18,000 to buy a medical refrigerator for disabled children.

The students who are undertaking the Australian Business Degree programme at Sunway College Johor Baru, had initially planned to hold a month-long bazaar on campus to raise funds to help mentally challenged children from a centre in Johor Jaya run by the Johor Disabled Children Charitable and Cares Organisation.

However Law Pei Yi, 22, Kang Jia Xuan, 22, Kang Jia Hui, 23, Gan Chee Hong, 22, Pheobe Lee Ying Ying, 22, and Tio Zhi Xuan, 23, ran into a major setback just two days into the bazaar when the movement control order (MCO) was declared.

The group was unable to continue with the bazaar on campus during the MCO and had to come up with a workaround to ensure they could gather the funds for the children.

The team took to the virtual space to host an online bazaar, and reached out to everyone on their contact list to ask for support.

Through the sale of beverages, snacks and beauty products as well as donations, they collected slightly more than RM18,000.

With the money, the team bought a medical refrigerator and a stainless steel trolley, which were given to the charitable organisation.

Before setting up the bazaar, the team had earlier visited the centre and learned that the children were dependent on long-term medication to control their illnesses and behavioural issues.

The centre also did not have proper storage for the medication, leading the students to come up with the idea of providing the refrigerator and trolley.

This was the team’s final-year assignment for their degree programme, which required students to apply their knowledge, such as marketing, financial, legal, problem solving and managerial decisions in the real world.

The students took this opportunity to raise funds for a charitable cause and to make a difference for the needy in the community.

Law, who acted as the team’s project manager, said they were grateful to their lecturer, Peter Tan, for his support and guidance.

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