THE Indera Mahkota Rotary Club successfully held the annual Rainbow In My Heart art competition for special needs children in spite of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 situation.
Themed ‘Beautiful Malaysia’, the competition drew 71 students from SMK Gudang Rasau, SMK Semambu and SMK Indera Mahkota 2 as well as Kiwanis and the National Autism Society of Malaysia.
Organising committee chairman Datuk Ng Koong Sinn said the competition was held in a moderate manner in November last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is a platform for special needs children to discover and express their artistic skills. It also has a positive effect on the participants as it helps them build self-confidence,” he said at the prize-giving ceremony in Penang.
The Rainbow In My Heart competition was conceived by Judy Chong from Bandar Utama Rotary Club in 2011.
Chong, when contacted, said what started out as a local contest for special needs children soon became a signature project to showcase their artistic talents.
She said other Rotary Club branches also got involved in the contest open to slow learners and children with autism, Asperger syndrome, dyslexia, ADHD and other cognitive conditions.
She said winners in the A and B categories would qualify for a national-level competition to be held later this year.
The Indera Mahkota category B first place winner Ng En Seong, 17, said he was proud of his achievement as it was his first time joining an art contest.
The SMK Semambu student said he was now in the arts stream and so decided to try his hand at creating something for a contest.
“My main interest is still cooking. I frequently cook for my friends and would like to be a chef,” he said.
Category A first place winner Muhammad Danial Hamidi Md Yusli, 13, on the other hand is a seasoned participant in the art competition scene.
The SMK Indera Mahkota 2 student was happy with his achievement and aimed to take it to the next level on the national stage.
The organising committee also presented boxes of colour pencils to the participating schools and organisations during the ceremony.