Marathon benefits the disabled

For every kilometre that former TV3 newscaster Ras Adiba Radzi and Paralympian Yap Choen Wah travelled on a wheelchair last November 21, they raised RM500. 

Their 26-kilometre marathon on wheelchairs from the University College Sedaya International (UCSI) campus in Cheras to TV3 in Bandar Utama, managed to raise RM13,000 for the disabled community. 

Four beneficiaries received their cheques from UCSI group legal advisor Abu Bakar Jalaluddin at Ward K9 of Kuala Lumpur Hospital.  

The visitors also witnessed the handing over of an air-conditioning unit donated to Perwira K9, one of the four beneficiaries, by the charity trust fund set up by OSK Trustees Berhad and audited by Ernst & Young for the wheelchair marathon event. The guests also visited the patients at Ward K9 who suffer from spinal injuries. 

Representatives from UCSI and the four beneficiaries pose with the mock cheque at the hospital.

Abu Bakar, who congratulated the two marathoners for their successful attempt to complete the distance on wheelchairs, said that he was deeply impressed with their willingness to work for the good of other disabled people. 

“It’s the attitude that makes the difference. Ras and Yap have shown that they are prepared to go the extra mile to help other disabled people in the community,” he said. 

Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled representative, Lee Yew Hock said the donation will be used to purchase a wheelchair motorbike for a disabled person. 

“We need to provide means of transportation for the disabled if we want to encourage them to go out to find a job,” he said. “Currently, a wheelchair motorbike is the best solution we have.” 

Meanwhile, Malaysia Federation of the Deaf president, Mohd. Shazali Shaari said the Federation will be using the money to purchase a motorcycle for interpreters. 

Director of Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur Central, Lion Wong Chang Wai received the cheque on behalf of the Lions Club Special Fund for the Orphans, Abused Children and the Disabled.  

Personal grooming 

What does an employer look for in an employee? Ask senior manager of human resources at Deloitte Chua Chai Ping and she will tell you that it is a well-groomed young graduate with the right attitude and the ability to perform.  

“Being professional is about self-respect,” she said. “Think positive and act positive. It’s usually the first impression that will stick in the minds of the interviewers. In the corporate world, you have to behave in a corporate manner and besides being efficient in your work, you have to dress like a corporate person.” 

Being sloppily dressed for an interview is the last thing that an interviewee should do. “Physical appearance, words, tone of voice and mannerisms can convey to others the person you are inside. Your potential employers will assess your personality by the way you are dressed, and if they are not happy, your chances of being employed will be gone,” she told an audience of 400 students at UCSI.  

Students were told that there are proper dress codes to be followed by employees for the office. “Body tattoos should be hidden away,” she said. “Always remember to dress for the office, not for an evening function. If you won’t invest in yourself, why would someone else?” 

Cooperative Education & Career Services Centre senior director Sudesh Balasubramaniam said that the Professional Grooming and Interview Skills Workshop was organised to help students prepare themselves for the employment market. 

As part of meeting degree requirements, UCSI students are required to complete a Co-op module, comprising two months' work experience in each year of their degree programme, beginning in year one right through to the final year.  

Each Co-op module is worth three credits and students receive a grade for it based on a written assignment and employer's evaluation.

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