The WOU-DISTED Family Day 2018 saw over 200 staff, family members and guests along with the full-time students of both institutions lending support to make the event a lively and harmonious affair.
The gathering at the WOU main campus today was aptly themed ‘Celebrating Diversity’ to reflect the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural Malaysia. The theme was also in line with the national-level Merdeka Month launched recently by the Prime Minister and the call to fly the Jalur Gemilang. In fact, a few of the activities and performances at the event featured the Malaysian flag.
The Family Day kicked off with a zumba session led by Penang Regional Centre (PGRC) marketing and admissions officer Robin Cheah Kai Yang. Among those spotted moving to the beat of the music was WOU’s Board of Governors Chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
A group of talented WOU staff then rendered two patriotic songs with much gusto as they waved the Jalur Gemilang. They sang ‘Setia’ and ‘Tanggal 31’, the latter a famous number by the late Sudirman Arshad.
WOU’s full-time students were also actively involved. Five of them together with Robin Cheah (PGRC) entertained the crowd with their Chinese diabolo routine while Asswni Mariappan and Nerroshini Manoraj performed an Indian pop dance.
Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Zoraini Wati Abas took to the stage to officially open the Family Day, after which the doubles kayak race commenced with a simple launch by Dr Koh.
Eight teams participated in the kayak race stretching a total distance of about 150m. Team E’s dynamic duo of PGRC marketing and admissions officer Sasikanth Mariappan and library assistant Mohd Yusuf Hanafiah clocked 4 min 18 sec to emerge champions. Team B comprising senior administrative executive K Ranjini and lecturer Kevin Tan Pooi Soo from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences came in second at 4 min 33 sec. Third was Team C with Robin Cheah and WOU alumni Bobby Chan Yaou Hooi at a close 4 min 37 sec.
The top 3 winners received shopping vouchers worth RM100, RM70 and RM50 respectively from former WOU Vice Chancellor Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye, while the other 5 remaining kayaking teams received a RM20 voucher consolation prize.
Kids were meanwhile kept occupied throughout by a clown giving out balloons and a children’s colouring contest with over 20 of them participating. The first prize, a compendium of 15 games and crayons, was won by Shivani and the second, a 24-pieces oil pastel set and plastic box file, went to Nur Ayriss Myahana Amar.
The climax was the lucky draw prizes, with a total 135, including umbrellas, bath towels, torchlights, travel luggage organiser bags, foldable storage bags, vacuum flasks, car boot organisers, car vacuum cleaners, ice cooler boxes, hair dryers, photo frames and microwave plastic containers, up for grabs. The first prize, an air fryer, was won by School of Education, Languages & Communications lecturer Dr Por Fei Ping.