Miri – 17 October 2011 – 30 third-year marketing students from the School of Business, Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) recently attended a briefing by the Human Life Service of Miri (HLS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that provides support to young mothers facing life crises due to pregnancy.
Such briefings are an essential component of the Marketing Professional Practice 300 unit and are compulsory for all students taking the unit.
The briefing enabled the students to have a better insight of the internal management of a typical NGO and its role in fulfilling the needs of the Miri community, following which they are to work on individual and group assignments based on their findings.
According to HLS Miri representative Dorothy Kuek, the HLS was founded in 1995 to save the lives of innocent and vulnerable unborn babies. It is a lay-apostolate organisation under the sponsorship of the Catholic Diocese of Miri and provides support, guidance and shelter to pregnant mothers in distress.
In addition, the pro-life and pro-family organisation reaches out to the community regardless of religion and race to educate them on related topics including the value and dignity of life, sex education, family planning, responsible parenthood and HIV/AIDS. Over the years, HLS Miri has carried out numerous educational programmes such as marriage preparation courses for engaged couples.
In her briefing, Kuek praised the staff and students of Curtin Sarawak for their continued support of HLS Miri through various volunteering activities.
Also present at the briefing were Shamsul Kamariah Abdullah, Dean of the School of Business, and marketing lecturer Joseph Sia.