PETALING JAYA: Amid a renewed determination to push the student-led National Kindness Week movement forward, winners at the #StandTogether Kindness Concert returned to their schools with much fanfare.
At SK Taman Maluri, which was named the Kindest Primary School winner, there were huge cheers for the pupils who were involved in the school’s kindness projects.
“I don’t think the other teachers and students realised how big #StandTogether was until the day of the concert, but now I think it has inspired them to be kinder as well,” said teacher adviser Maureen Dellow, who also made her school proud by winning the Kindest Teacher award.
Aliyah Aqilah, 12, who was one of those who worked on the winning project, said the experience made her more motivated for next year’s campaign.
“Everyone was so kind. They were so happy with our victory,” said Aliyah.
Denise Lim, 19, whose Kindness Projects ideas helped her school SMK Chung Hua (CF) Miri emerge as Malaysia’s Kindest Secondary School, said the win led to more public awareness of the #StandTogether movement.
“I posted our win on Instagram and a lot of people I hadn’t talked to in a while commented, asking what #StandTogether was about,” she said.
“I also think winning the competition made some of our school’s teachers take #StandTogether more seriously. I think they’re more excited to participate now because they can see that it’s possible to change a school’s culture.”
SK Jalan Empat’s morale is also at a high, said Kindest Principal Award winner Ainon Mohamed Salehuddin.Ainon’s nomination video, which showed how she regularly visits troubled students at home and personally greets all 1,200 students every morning at the school gate, led to a standing ovation at the Kindness Concert.
“We held an event at school to celebrate the award and we are going to continue with this campaign for the rest of the year, and for many years to come,” said Ainon.The school had two reasons to celebrate: their security guard Norizan Mamat also received the Kindest School Staff Award.
Despite the accolade, Norizan is determined to carry on as usual.
“They announced my win during the assembly on Monday. Many students came up to me but I don’t want to make a big deal out of it,” said Norizan, whose nomination video moved many audience members to tears at the Kindness Concert on Saturday.
The #StandTogether kindness movement was initiated by R.AGE and SP Setia to empower students to create a kinder Malaysia.
The campaign culminated in The Kindness Concert, which saw performances by top acts including Man Bai, Kyoto Protocol and The Venopian Solitude.
Awards for Malaysia’s kindest schools, students, teachers, principals and school staff were presented during the concert by celebrities such as Lisa Surihani, Chef Wan, Harith Iskander and Arwind Kumar.To watch videos from the concert, go to fb.com/KindnessConcertMY.