By KT Leong
As we leave July and enter into August with the Merdeka (Independence) Day on our minds, we don’t just pay respects to our forefathers in the past, but foster our children for the future. To this end, several groups have held events in honour of children over the past week.
Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO) in cooperation with Q-Dees, held a Sports Day for 26 students on 30 July. Q-Dees’ prior Sports Day events had been done without parent participation, but this one was done with the help of PUO, who offered the use of their Dewan Warisan (Heritage Hall), free of charge.
Supporters such as Summer Bliss Studio were all too happy to sponsor this event. For instance, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ipoh gave out door gifts; Okay Charity sponsored hampers and Best Hearing offered goodie bags and vouchers.
YB Ustaz Hafex Sabri brought 10 hampers, while Aeon Big Falim also offered 10 mini hampers. YB Dato’ Zainol Fadzi gave out 27 sets of McDonalds for the kids; and the support of several other sponsors as well.
A donation of RM1950 was collected from the parents.
Meanwhile, in a follow up to our previous Children’s Fashion Show held by Yayasan Ipoh (YI), a total of 24 kids, ages from 3 to 12 years old, joined the event.
With judging by Social Welfare Department (Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat or JKM) director, Cik Nortipah Binti Majin, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YI, Dato’ Dr. Ramanathan Ramiah and YI Trustee Member, Dr. Fauziah Binti Khairuddin, 3 kids walked away with the top prizes of hampers, as well as the goodie bags that everyone received.
1st Prize- Nurul Irdina Binti Mohd Yusof
2nd Prize-Nur Alya Batrisya Binti Muhammad Nurhadi
3rd Prize-Damia Umairah Binti Ezanee
Finally, for those of you asking on where to purchase the storybook “Bull of School”, written by 12 year old Varunesh Rajasegaran, you may contact 012-5309726.
Alongside 15 year old Ang Ziyi, who also published a novel earlier this year, these kids are shining a bright light on Ipoh’s literary future. Check out Ipoh Echo’s coverage of Ang Ziyi’s story here.