The Malaysian Contingent of St John Ambulance Malaysia consisting of 7 students and 2 teachers will be representing the country at the International Youth Festival organized by St John Ambulance New Zealand. The students and teachers are all from SMJK Ave Maria Convent Ipoh.
The festival, to be held at Christchurch, New Zealand from January 25-31 will see over 400 participants from Australia, Canada, Cameroon, Hong Kong, Singapore, Wales, England.
A ‘Handing Over of the Malaysian Flag’ ceremony was held on 22 January at the school hall. Present at the ceremony was the Deputy Director of the State Education Department, Tuan Hj Muhamat Roli bin Hj Hassan and St John Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) State Commander Dato’ Hj Zainal Abidin bin Hj Abdul Kadir.
Encik Muhamat Roli in his address said he was proud that the entire team representing the country at this international event were from Perak.St John State Commander Dato Hj Zainal Abidin had similar praise for the school adding that SJAM Perak was the first in the country to go international. “This would not have been possible if not for the efforts made by the school”
According to the Principal of Ave Maria Convent, Mdm Chen Chiu Hiong, a total of RM40,000 was raised to enable the team to attend the festival with support coming from the Parent Teacher Association, parents, teachers and other supporters.
Last June the school had participated in the Malaysia Singapore First Aid and Home Nursing Competition held in Singapore. Six of the team members that participated in Singapore are now going to New Zealand.
Principal Chen’s vision for the school’s students attending international events is to provide them the exposure of competing on a global level thus enabling them to gain confidence and be positive contributors to the school and community in future.
At the Festival, 4 team members will participate in an International First Aid Competition. Additionally the team will present a paper entitled “Cultural Diversity Awareness” during the Youth Symposium with the theme ‘Making a Difference’.
Ipoh Echo wishes the St. John Ambulance of Malaysia Contingent all the best. We are proud of you.