WOU joins global movement against hunger and poverty

Wawasan Open University played host to yet another World Vision Malaysia DIY 30-Hour Famine Camp for the second consecutive year, joining 150 other camps held simultaneously nationwide.

The campers at the main campus.

The campers at the main campus.

Over 100 campers, aged 10 to 50, gathered at the main campus for 30 hours without solid food, during which they learned about experiencing hunger and built up on their personal endurance.

Themed ‘Hunger for Health’, the camp kept the campers busy with a line-up of exciting activities such as movie sessions, first aid demonstration, role play sessions and games. There was a sense of togetherness as facilitators instilled in campers a growing awareness about poverty and global issues on child labour through videos and sharing sessions.

“To end preventable child deaths is crucial as children are leaders of our future,” said camp leader Joanne Ooi. To date, the campaign this year has successfully raised a total of RM1.5 million.

Marcom Senior Manager Lillie See (left) and Joanne cut the ribbon.

Marcom Senior Manager Lillie See (left) and Joanne cut the ribbon.

The launch of the event was marked by a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony by the camp leader, Joanne, and WOU Marketing and Communications Senior Manager, Lillie See.

“WOU is glad to support this initiative and other similar activities to play our part in creating further awareness on issues affecting children of today all over the world,” said Lillie.    

“When I found out about the DIY camps in Penang, I signed up without hesitation. I find the camp interesting as I am able to contribute towards global efforts in improving children’s health. By experiencing hunger, I have learned to better appreciate everything I have,” said Mah Choon Siang, 26, a first-time participant of the camp.

Dance performance by school students.

Dance performance by school students.

Guests and campers were also entertained at a mini concert with performances by Wind Music Entertainment, a professional six-piece band, a medley of dances by primary school children, and songs rendered by secondary students.