UTAR Public Relations students deserve a pat on their back for raising RM1,300 for Tronoh Mines Community Club, Perak. Their donation was presented by Dr Cheah Phaik Kin, a UTAR Faculty of Arts and Social Science lecturer, to the Club during its annual general meeting (AGM) on 4 February 2015.
“The money will be used to conduct activities for the children and community in the Club. This donation is part of UTAR’s efforts to give back to society and to give opportunities for our students to be involved in community engagement for a more holistic approach to learning,” said Dr Cheah, who is also the Club Deputy Chairperson. She added that the committee serves as an advisory board for research and community projects that the University organises especially in the New Village communities.
Club Chairperson Yee Chun Weng expressed his appreciation to UTAR for the continuous support since the inception of the Club. “In 2010, UTAR students raised funds to build a library for the Tronoh Mines New Village with the support of the Kampar community, Dato’ Lee Chee Leong and many generous sponsors,” said Yee, who is also the Headmaster of SJKC Sin Min in Tronoh Mines New Village.
Yee also praised UTAR postgraduate student Yap Yee Onn for volunteering in the Club, and thanked the committee members for their hard work in serving the Club and village for the past year. He reported that 2014 had been an eventful year for the Club and that the Club had served the needs of the community well.
Village Head Chan Ah Lok, who is a committee member of the Club, said that the village had benefited greatly from the collaboration with UTAR for the past few years. The library in the Club also serves as a place for villagers to read and for students to do their revision.
The AGM was held to present the Club’s annual report to the committee members and to elect the new committee members. A Chinese New Year luncheon was also held in conjunction with the AGM.