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Come Giggle Nibble for the Lovable

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In November 2012, Soroptimist International Ipoh (SI Ipoh), identified an area around Ipoh where underprivileged children from a problematic environment and some broken homes were seen loitering around aimlessly. They seemed easy prey to negative influences. Wanting to make a difference and a meaning in their lives, SI Ipoh set up the Edufun Centre manned by a retired school teacher, where children, aged 6 to 14 are encouraged to come and be helped in their education, social and moral values, besides providing them with nutrition.

In just one year of operation, there has been a marked improvement in these children. From being listless and apathetic, they now can’t wait to come to the Centre, are very eager to learn, have improved in their school grades, are polite and well-mannered and very lovable indeed!

Edufun is a non-racial, non-denominational and apolitical centre for any child who wants to be helped. In order to sustain this Edufun Centre, as well as other worthy projects, SI Ipoh are appealing to the people of Ipoh to support their efforts in enabling them to reach out and help the future generation become good and useful adults and citizens of our country.

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To support this and many other activities, they are organising a fundraising dinner with the theme: Come Giggle, Nibble for the Lovable on Saturday November 30.

A fun evening of entertainment has been lined up with performances by the Instant Café Theatre featuring Jo Kukathas and Patrick Teoh and local guest artistes. Members of the public and companies wishing to expand their CSR outreach may purchase tables and or take advertisements in the souvenir programme for the event. Individual tickets are also available.

SI Ipoh committee
SI Ipoh committee

SI Ipoh is a branch of Soroptimist International, a worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions working through service projects to assist underprivileged women and children.

Projects they have undertaken include training and organising single mothers to do housecleaning work for income; facilitating full day seminars to train school counsellors on child sexual abuse. They have so far covered six districts in Perak, reaching about 500 schools and benefitting close to 100,000 school students from this OK Tak Ok informational seminar. Other projects involve medical health camps; a road survival programme on how to stay safe on the road from accidents, road bullies, con artists and many more; and raising awareness on “Stop violence against women”.

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Medical Camp in Buntong

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Perak Women for Women Society and Soroptimist International Ipoh, held a social health and medical camp at the Malaysia Aruloli Mantram Hall in Buntong recently.

The objective was to educate the marginalised community in Buntong and raise their awareness level on health-related social illnesses. Booths were set up in the hall, including those by Fatimah Hospital, Pantai Hospital, Perak Breast Cancer Support Group and others.

The Fatimah Hospital booth which offered free blood pressure and glucose level checks, medical consultation and free medication was the most visited booth.

A colouring competition was held for the children in two categories, aged 4-6 years old and 7-11 years old. The winners walked away with art blocks and colour pencils.

The camp was officiated by the Executive Councillor for Women’s Development, Community, Welfare and National Integration, Dato’ Hajah Rusnah Kassim.

Fresh from visiting a 5- year-old girl who was abused by her mother at the Ipoh General Hospital, she said, “I hope NGOs and the public will play their roles in combating child abuse. Don’t turn a blind eye over this pressing matter.” Incidentally, the abused girl had succumbed to her wounds.

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“Walk the Talk”

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Soroptimist Ipoh’s “Walk the Talk”, part of a nationwide fundraising and awareness campaign on violence against women, organised by SIROM (Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia), flagged off at Kinta City Ipoh recently.

Walk the TalkSoroptimist International is a world-wide women’s only service organisation working for the empowerment and best interests of women. Many may have read in newspapers and magazines of the problems faced by women in society, in particular sex crimes, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and violence. Many women don’t know what to do or where to go to when such things happen to them. That is where women’s organisations come in to assist.

This year, three Malaysian Soroptimists from Sabah, Datuk Elizabeth Maurice, Clarice Paini Mojigoh and Rose Moguloi are embarking on an inspiring walk from Perlis to Sabah. They will be covering a total of 940 km in Peninsula Malaysia, fly and walk into Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Their objective of this inspiring walk is to create awareness and deliver a powerful message: “Stop Violence against Women.” This project is supported by The Royal Police Malaysia, Maybank, Etiqa and Power Bar.

The four participating NGO beneficiaries are WAO (Women’s Aid Organisation), WCC (Women’s Centre for Change), PWW (Perak Women for Women society) and AWAM (All Women’s Action society Malaysia).

The walk was held in tandem with the United Nations call for 16 days of activism, which officially began from the International Day to End Violence against women on November 25 up to the International Human Rights Day on December 10.

The walkers were everywhere at Kinta City by 4pm. It was a very successful event based on the crowd that participated. Many were equipped with caps, umbrellas, bottles of water and sunglasses. There were young and old from all races and gender. It was a sight to see as young teenagers were also in support of this event.

The event started off with a short speech outside of McDonald’s and after a photograph session, they started off at 5pm sharp. St John Ambulance, some police officers on their bikes and another van followed them as they continued their 4km journey towards Canning Garden, past Tambun Road and back to Kinta City.

Net proceeds went towards creating awareness on violence against women through educational talks and workshops throughout the country.

To join Soroptimist International Ipoh or for more information, call or email:

Ms Kuan    012-501 9205 (khoosbb@yahoo.com)
Ms Lanka    012-519 0189 (lanka_rk@yahoo.com)
Ms Jean    012-588 2313 (jean.chai@yahoo.com)

Find out more about Soroptimist International at: www.soroptimistinternational.org or www.soroptimist.org.my

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Orphans Hosted by Soroptimist International Ipoh

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Over 90 children including all of the Salvation Army Orphanages in Ipoh and 17 from the Home of Peace in Canning Garden, were treated to the Nationwide Charity Premiere of Cars 2 hosted by Soroptimist International Ipoh (SII) recently. The event was part of Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia (SIROM)’s inaugural nationwide charity premiere which saw 2,800 tickets sold around the country for its first-ever nationwide endeavour with the children coming from more than 30 homes across the peninsula.

In Ipoh, Tanjong Golden Village (TGV) cinema helped to make the charity event a big success. “The management from the cinema involved were very helpful in providing us with their hall for the screening. However, this whole thing would not have been possible if we did not have the full support of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures right from the get-go. Their involvement allowed us to kick-off this programme confidently and provide the children with the rare opportunity to watch a movie premiere,” added Kuan Khoo, President of SII.

Tickets for the premiere were sponsored both by individuals and corporate sectors who shared in the organisation’s vision of enabling children from the homes to watch a movie. Proceeds from the ticket sales of RM6,000 in Ipoh will be channelled to SII’s educational programme, OK TAK OK, a full-day workshop on personal safety, targeted to educate Primary 5 and 6 school children on child sexual abuse and what is acceptable and unacceptable touch/behaviour from adults.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organisation for women. It is a global voice for women working through Awareness, Advocacy and Action and committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia has been established in the country for the past 20 years and Soroptimist Ipoh in the past 3 years.

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OK TAK OK for Perak Schools

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Soroptimist International Ipoh (SII) and Perak Women for Women (PWW) have teamed up to facilitate an educational programme called OK TAK OK with the approval of the Perak State Education Department and the various District Education Departments.

The workshops, targeted to educate primary 5 and 6 school children on sexual abuse and what is acceptable and unacceptable touch/behaviour from dangerous adults and what and where to get help, have been conducted recently at two school districts of S. Kinta (69 schools) and Kuala Kangsar (89 schools).

A total of 158 schools sent their school counselling teachers to attend the two workshops, held concurrently over two days in July, which was conducted by trained counsellors of Penang Women’s Centre for Change (WCC). These counsellors are then encouraged to conduct the workshops to their students on their return to their respective schools.

The very comprehensive programme, which is conducted using interactive VCDs and role plays, won the International Huright Award in Osaka in 2005 and may assist in alleviating and reducing the heinous crime of child sexual abuse which has risen to alarming proportions.

A conservative estimate puts the number of children having been made aware of potential sexual abuse at an impressive 20,000 just from the two workshops that were conducted. SII’s follow-up with the schools revealed that more than 50% of the schools whose counsellors attended the training, conducted the programme; giving SII the encouragement to continue with the current training structure with its cascading effect that is far-reaching and effective given the limited resources the committee has to work with. It is hoped that corporations and banks will come forward as sponsors which will enable SII to do more intensive follow-up sessions with some of the schools who have requested direct supervision of the programme.

For more information contact: SII President Kuan Khoo 012-5019250 email: khoosbb@yahoo.com.

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