PUTTING aside their books for a while, Taylor's College's South Australian Matriculation (SAM) programme staff and students worked hard over three days to raise RM25,000 for charity.
The college premises in Subang Jaya, Selangor, were turned into a carnival.
Students and staff could buy flowers, bookmarks and homemade cards, have their nails painted and a caricature of themselves drawn. There was also hair-braiding, song dedications, car-washing, a dunking machine, water balloons and a raffles draw.
The crowd-pullers were the arm wrestling and watermelon-eating contests, and a soccer challenge
A tantalising assortment of food was sold. Staff of the SAM programme showed their support by preparing signature dishes such as apple pies, sotong kerabu, tomyam, kerabu beehoon, cakes, cream puffs and tarts. SAM programme director Mary Ng prepared Sarawak laksa on the spot.
Seven organisations benefited from the proceeds of the fun fair. At a presentation ceremony, Taylor's College principal and chief operating officer Anucia Jeganathan presented cheques to Rumah Ozanam, Hospis Malaysia, The Befrienders, Miracle Home, Women’s Aid Oranisation, Rumah Kebajikan Guan Imm Lin and Montfort Boys Home.
o TAYLOR'S College held a week-long Safety Awareness Campaign recently, themed Safety is everybody's responsibility.
The event kicked off with an exhibition on fire-fighting equipment for homes.
Officers from the Subang police and fire departments gave talks and demonstrations on crime-prevention and fire-fighting. A fire drill was also held.
The aim of the campaign was to promote personal safety. Staff and students watched displays of various methods of self-protection, such as kickboxing and jujitsu.
Prior to the campaign, Taylor’s held an intensive three-month course on self-defence for its staff with the Tanaka Ryu Jujitsu Society.
“It is especially important for women to arm themselves with knowledge of self-defence as most attacks are targeted at women,” said TRJS's Sensei Francis.
The safety campaign included a Street Survival Self Defence Workshop, which featured unarmed combat, weapon disarming and sensory training.
Up next is jungle-trekking in Lanchang, Pahang, for this team of adventurous students, aged between 18 and 20.