KUALA LUMPUR: The next time you plan to throw away your old, misshapen frying pan, think twice with a little bit of creativity, it can be recycled and turned into something useful and even make you a little money, as Phang Yuet Foong can tell you.
She transformed her old useless frying pan into a clock by making a hole in the middle for the hands, spraying the back and painting flowers for the clock's face before seeing her masterpiece sold at an auction.
Phang, 32, who does folk art painting, also reuses crockery from her kitchen and wine bottles, painting images of scenery or flowers on them and selling them at her stall at the Sunrise Arts, Bric-a-brac and Crafts (ABC) Market at Plaza Mont Kiara.
For her creative clock, which will hang nicely on someone's kitchen wall, she won the first place in the Be Creative and Innovative recycling contest at the ABC Market Charity Recycling Day, organised by Sunrise Berhad last Sunday.
The Charity Recycling Day was part of the company's SunriseUtar fund-raising campaign to raise RM1mil for the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) building fund.
Phang walked away with a RM100 hamper and a big smile.
Housewife Rogayah Bidin won second place and received a RM70 hamper for her unique flower arrangement made from dried longan shells, carved durian seeds and prawn heads for the flowers and a coconut shell for the flowerpot.
Vendor Jamilah Ibrahim won a RM50 hamper for coming out third with her baby quilt entry, made out of cloth remnants.
The contest attracted nine participants, including a father and his two daughters.
Jimmy Ho, 45, a warehouse supervisor, said he joined the contest to encourage his daughters to be creative and reuse old items.
He created his Alam Flora fishes swimming in a pond out of aluminium cans and straws while Carmen, 13, made a decorative kerosene lamp using wire and a straw for the handle and a Coca-Cola bottle as the body and Joann, 12, created a paper flower with an old bottle as its vase.
All three won consolation prizes.
The participants comprised vendors at the ABC Market and members of the public.
Entries were donated to a charity auction held after the contest with all proceeds given to the Utar fund.
The Charity Recycling Day started with a quiz where members of the public answered various questions on recycling and received goodie bags for correct answers.
An exhibition on the 3Rs of Recycling Reuse, Reduce and Recycle by Alam Flora explained the importance of recycling and what items could be recycled.
Alam Flora also opened a mobile recycling counter for people to send recyclable items, with some donating their cash incentives to the fund.
As part of the Sunrise-Utar fund-raising campaign, Sunrise will hold a Flag Day at the ABC Market tomorrow and during the Fiesta Nite at Plaza Mont Kiara on July 24.
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