Every little bit for charity counts. It is not so much about which organisation or the amount you give, but having a heart to help the less fortunate as best as we can.
That was the underlying message from the Vice Chancellor of Wawasan Open University, Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye, as he led seven staff to visit the Penang Shan Children’s Home in Mount Erskine on April 14th. They were joined by about 15 on-campus learning (OCL) full-time students as they mingled with the kids at the Home.
“This fund-raising is also a University-wide initiative. The amount raised is not that much, just a drop in the ocean, but I am hopeful that it will lead to similar support from other benevolent organisations. I wish you the best with your home expansion mission,” Prof Ho stated.
Deputy Dean of the School of Foundation & Liberal Studies, Jasmine Emmanuel, remarked, “For the Tamil New Year, this is just a seed we are planting, and I hope it will grow in many ways. I thank the students who have worked so very hard over these past months to realise this project.”
Lee Kah Wei, the student representative, thanked his team and also Jasmine for her guidance and advice for the community project. “The fund-raising gave us a marketplace experience and a social experience as we had to approach people for donations. It also sharpened our organising skills.”
Meanwhile Krish thanked WOU for their support. He said the Home has 22 children aged 4-18 years, mostly from broken families. “We need at least RM850,000 for the home expansion project. We hope to start the project in October this year, and have to date collected about RM100,000.”
The proposed extension is a three-storey building which will comprise a multipurpose hall, study hall, dormitory and washroom, washing and drying area, pantry and office. The expansion will allow the Home to take in another 30 children.