Full-time students invest time and energy for charity

The full-time, on-campus learning (OCL) students showed their caring spirit and learnt about teamwork through two recent projects, the car wash and the Canteen Day.

 The students attacking the car wash duties with gusto.

The students attacking the car wash duties with gusto.

The first endeavour involved 21 students from 3 groups sweating it out under the hot sun to wash a total 60 vehicles of the staff of WOU for RM12 each, with an extra RM6 charge for vacuuming. During the car wash at the main campus car park on February 27th and March 1st, the students earned a profit of RM805, with the proceeds to benefit the Penang Christian Association for Relief (Penang CARE) and Penang Animal Welfare Society (4PAWS).

 Vacuuming the inside of a car.

Vacuuming the inside of a car.

One of the group leaders, Pan Bo Zhong, who is also OCL Student Council president, remarked: “A small effort can create a big impact. We volunteered to raise funds for those in need. Volunteerism brings with it a deep appreciation of all that you have in life and helping those in need is a firm reminder of what really matters - like family, friends, and health. We were motivated to help those in need with whatever capabilities we have.”

 Bo Zhong (background, right) hard at work.

Bo Zhong (background, right) hard at work.

The second activity was the Canteen Day held at the ground floor foyer of the main campus on March 5th. The rather heavy traffic of staff and students for meals and snacks during lunch time brought a total of RM1, 312 in proceeds. Among the items sold by the 42 students from the 6 groups were chicken satay, curry chicken rice, pizza, doughnuts, curry puffs, cup cakes, Malay kuih and vadai.

The Canteen Day was held in aid of 5 organisations and a school. They are Penang CARE, Kechara Soup Kitchen, Children’s Protection Society, St Nicholas Home, Peace and Harmony Home, and SJK (T) Ladang Sempah. The funds will be handed over in cash and/or used to buy necessities for distribution during the visit of the students to the respective institutions in the month of March.

 Chicken satay was popular with the WOU staff.

Chicken satay was popular with the WOU staff.

"Nothing beats teamwork. By looking at the smiles of my fellow students during the entire process of contributing to worthy causes under our co-curricular activity, it motivates us to help the society more. Through the projects, we learnt to support each other and to cooperate to deliver our best,” added Bo Zhong.

Bo Zhong’s group plans to visit Penang CARE on March 16th to present RM1,050 in cash and kind, as well as do some spring cleaning, entertaining and interacting with the elderly residents of the nursing home in Gelugor

 Another draw was this delicious lunch set.

Another draw was this delicious lunch set.

We applaud the students for reaching out to the community through the various projects and for looking beyond themselves to the needs of society.