Creating awareness on anti-animal cruelty

  • Education
  • Sunday, 25 Aug 2019

(From left) LASS supporter How Hwee Bee, Yap, Kavindran, Dhanesh, Shweta, student volunteer Priyanka Poptani, Dr Amilan and officers from the police K9 unit at the launch of the event.

HELP University launched its Ninth AniHELP event, an anti-animal cruelty awareness campaign, with the theme “A Paw in Need”.

The main aim this year was to create awareness towards the prevention of cruelty to animals and the importance of animal adoption drives.

It was organised by HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) in collaboration with strategic partner Hills Science Diet Malaysia, with Lost Animal Souls Shelter (LASS) as the sole beneficiary of the event.

The AniHELP organising committee was chaired by Joy Roberts, a foundation student at HMC with the help of other student volunteers. They worked tirelessly for four months to ensure the day would run smoothly.

Held at HMC, the event was launched by HELP University’s Faculty of University Foundation Studies dean Dhanesh Balakrishnan, Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 Shweta Sekhon, LASS treasurer Kavindran Ganasen, magician and performer Snow Yap and Animal Medical Centre director Dr Amilan Sivagurunathan.

”The objective of AniHELP is to create awareness among the public on the prevention of cruelty towards animals and the importance of adoption drives, ” said Dhanesh.

He said this is an excellent platform for HELP students to actually show compassion.

Dhanesh pointed out that graduates today need compassion, communication and good language skills in order to succeed.

Shweta said it was important to champion the voiceless.

“I feel that it’s really important to create an awareness among the youth who are going to be the future leaders, to nurture a society that cares for animals, ” she said.

It is an initiative by HMC students with the intent of promoting anti-cruelty towards animals, said its lecturer in charge Murali Rajaratenam.

“The idea for such an event was to also help the students build their event management and soft skills, ” he said.

The event attracted a diverse crowd of staff, students and the public. The day’s activities began with a magic show by Yap.

Other highlights included a demonstration from the police K9 unit. The trained dogs under their handlers demonstrated their detection abilities in sniffing out hidden drugs and other banned substances.

Kavindran said LASS was set up to help strays especially dogs abandoned by their owners or homeless dogs that grew up without experiencing a loving environment. Based in Kuala Selangor, it provides care and shelter for over 250 rescued dogs. He thanked HELP students for the funds donated and the awareness created for its shelter.

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