Celebrating future trailblazers

Age not a barrier: Nur Afia Qistina sewing PPE suits for frontliners.

THE Young Changemakers Awards, an event held with Pusat Kreatif Kanak-kanak Tuanku Bainun (PKKTB) and Pertubuhan Pembangunan Kendiri Wanita dan Gadis (WOMEN: girls), organised its sixth instalment to recognise outstanding young agents of change in Malaysia.

The online event, streamed live via YouTube, recognised Malaysian children, aged between six and 17, for their courage, resilience and inspiring contributions to make their world a better place.

The ceremony was held on World Children’s Day on Nov 20.

Recipients of the four categories were: Nur Afia Qistina Zamzuri (Individual six to 12 years old), Celeste Chung Yi Ling (individual 13 to 17 years old), Mohd Syahid Abdullah (advocate) and Team Boleh Bah Kalau Kau (group).

Team Boleh Bah Kalau Kau from SMK Tamparuli, Sabah, also won the People’s Choice Award. Introduced this year, the award allows viewers to vote for their favourite project.

PKKTB chairman Raja Datuk Seri Azureen Sultan Azlan Shah said: “We applaud the efforts that children have been making to adapt to the new norm. Even with the many uncertainties, they have displayed tenacity, strength and capabilities that were beyond our imagination in coping with the pandemic. In challenging times like this, they were still working on projects that display their selflessness and determination to benefit the community, and the will to make the world a better place.”

Meanwhile, WOMEN: girls executive director Izza Izelan said: “This is the second year we are running the advocate category and we are pleased to see continuous support from adults for our young agents of change. With such support, the children are able to focus on making the impact and changes they want to see. The more we come together while individually playing our part, the more changemakers will pave their way in our community. They are the future we need to continue nurturing.”

The Young Changemakers Awards Night 2020 also featured a vocal performance by Emira Qayyimah from the Nusantara Choir Group, a collaboration between PKKTB and Broadway Academy, and a wayang performance showcase by Kakiseni’s SeniKidZ participant Zabian Omar.

For more details about the awards, visit womengirls.org/programmes/ycm/.

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