AYER KEROH: Datuk Chef Wan gave teachers and students here a special surprise when he showed up at the #StandTogether Kindness Tour workshop at SMK Ayer Keroh.
The celebrity chef was in Malacca to support the #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign, initiated by R.AGE and SP Setia, and add his voice to the growing list of celebrities and politicians calling for more kindness in Malaysia.
“We have to stop fighting fire with fire. Let’s use kindness to melt the hearts of those who spread hate,” he said.
After a short motivational speech about the importance of kindness, Chef Wan was inundated with selfie requests - from both students and teachers alike.
“I’m so happy to see all their beautiful smiles, and how ready they are to stand together and spread this message of love and kindness,” said Chef Wan.
The teachers and students had gathered from 48 schools across Malacca for the workshop, organised by experts from Digi and International Medical University (IMU).
The workshops will be held at every state in the country, to help equip teachers and students to continue spreading the kindness movement in their respective schools.
“The programme was really excellent. I was speaking to the teachers and they said Mr Alex (IMU psychology lecturer Alexius Cheang) was amazing!” said Malacca State Education Department Children Affairs Head of Counselling Mohd Redzuan Sanusi.
“Now we hope #StandTogether can come back and do the session for all 350 schools in Malacca! This is the kind of knowledge and new methods we need to learn.”
Students were also raving about the fun and interactive workshop.
“I thought this would be just another ‘ceramah’, but it was so different, because we were also given the chance to speak and interact with each other,” said Muhd Azri Nor Azman, 16, from SMK Ghafar Baba.
Earlier in the day, Chef Wan also visited his former school, SMK Kem Terendak, where he had students in stitches with his recollections of his time in school, and even how he was often bullied.
“You should always foster kindness, because one day the bullies will regret what they did. I’ve had my bullies apologise to me later in life. I even helped one of them financially when he had medical issues.
“So we have to repay them with a thousand acts of kindness. Hate will only destroy yourself,” he said.
The #StandTogether Kindness Tour by Digi and IMU will be heading to Johor, Alor Star and Putrajaya next (March 17-19), having already covered Penang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, and Selangor.
Schools that cannot make it for the Kindness Tour can still take part in National Kindness Week (April 1-5) by registering at www.standtogether.my to download free resources developed by the #StandTogether team.
The #StandTogether campaign was founded by R.AGE and SP Setia to empower students to lead a “Kindness Revolution” in schools. It is supported by partners including Digi, IMU, Unicef Malaysia and the Education Ministry.
Other celebrities and MPs supporting the campaign include Lisa Surihani, Jinnyboy, Arwind Kumar, Dr Maszlee Malik, Khairy Jamaluddin, and Nurul Izzah Anwar.