FUNDRAISING took on a creative twist at INTI International College Subang recently when its students joined hands with children from Trinity Children’s Home to launch a limited edition merchandise line.
Comprising tote bags and postcards, the collection bears the theme of “protecting endangered animals” and features artworks created by the children under the guidance of INTI Centre of Art and Design (ICAD) students.
To bring the project to fruition, the children first took part in the “Little Voices Speak” Workshop organised by ICAD, in collaboration with the Photography Club at the college campus.
There, they learned the art of employing design to address a social concern and went on to translate their visions of suitable habitats for Malaysia’s endangered animals onto artworks.
The artworks were then transformed into tote bags and postcards by an outsourced organisation.
Interior architecture lecturer Tan Yee Ling said such efforts could raise awareness among the young generation about protecting endangered animal species in the country.
Diploma in graphic design student Pang Xin Ru said the workshop offered the children a unique opportunity for university-level education and hands-on learning.
“As these children grow, they might become changemakers and contribute positively to society,” she said in a press release dated Sept 5.
Fashion management and communication student Zafran Zakaria, who played a part in organising the workshop, said he himself had gained a lot from being a participant.
“Witnessing the joy on the children’s faces was a heartwarming blessing. Being a part of bringing such happiness to them was an incredibly gratifying experience for all of us involved,” he said.
Bachelor of graphic design student Chong Jie Sze expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to spread kindness throughout society.
“It brings me immense joy to see that we can positively impact the people around us, starting with our own community. By taking these small steps and showing kindness, we’re paving the way for a society that truly cares and looks out for one another,” he said.
Fashion design lecturer Goh Suet Lin said the collaboration between ICAD and Trinity Children’s Home underscores the potential for future endeavours that weave together creativity and social responsibility.
“The evident positive impact of merging artistic expression with meaningful causes suggests that ICAD will undoubtedly pursue similar projects in the times ahead,” she said.
The collection showcases seven distinct designs, from the tiger’s graceful allure to the tapir’s serene grandeur, with every design serving as a plea to protect endangered animals.
Sales of the items, which have ended, exceeded RM1,000, with half of the amount donated to Trinity Children’s Home.