FORMER students of the 113-year old Methodist School Nibong Tebal, comprising SMK Methodist Nibong Tebal and SK Methodist Nibong Tebal, managed to raise RM64,000 to help relieve their alma mater from its pathetic condition.
Methodist School Nibong Tebal Alumni (MSNTA) vice-president Sulaiman Mohd Salleh said some of the students flew in from Hong Kong, Australia and Kuala Lumpur to attend a fundraising dinner at the school hall last Saturday.
“Some 29 ex-students raised RM43,500 by contributing RM1,500 each to adopt classrooms for a year and two other donors gave RM10,000 each, while ticket sales from the dinner netted about RM9,000.
“Part of the remaining RM8,500 was spent on entertainment during the dinner, while another part will be used to make name plaques for the classroom adoption scheme,” he said.
StarMetro had on March 7 featured the schools’ urgent need to arrest flood woes, rebuild part of the decaying buildings and replace dilapidated furniture.
The school buildings, which are about 50 years old, are decaying due to termite infestation, with two classrooms in the secondary school recently sealed and certified as unfit for occupancy.
MSNTA had earlier hoped to raise about RM100,000 through the ‘Back to Methodist School, Nibong Tebal’ fundraising dinner, which was attended by 750 former students, teachers, students and community leaders.
He said the secondary school raised an additional RM12,000 through games and events held during an education carnival a day before the dinner, while the primary school raised about RM3,000 through a food fair at the carnival.
Sulaiman said the alumni would initially use the funds to buy 540 new sets of tables and chairs for students as well as for 18 teachers in both schools, apart from 18 new cupboards.
“We are looking for a local furniture company that can give us a good discount on the furniture. Whatever remaining money in hand will be used on minor repairs to replace some of the decayed timber and ceiling boards in a few classrooms.”
Sulaiman said two Kuala Lumpur-based foundations had expressed interest in helping to develop two double-storey blocks comprising 10 classrooms each to replace the present school buildings.
Those who wish to help the school can contact Sulaiman (013-3908090), Sim Chew (016-2090 168) or Yong Han Foo (012-4896 089) or visit the alumni’s website (www.msnta.com).