To continue the legacy of ‘Volunteerism Campaign: Volunteers Work for Change’, where Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) students helped in setting up a library in Tronoh Mines New Village, ‘Volunteerism II: Continuing the Legacy’ was launched at UTAR Perak Campus on 26 March 2013.
The original campaign was held in 2011 and the library set up by final-year UTAR Public Relations (PR) students was called ‘U-Liang Library’. In the second campaign, present final-year PR students followed their seniors’ footsteps of promoting the habit of reading among the villagers by raising funds for the library.
“The campaign ‘Volunteerism II: Continuing the Legacy’ will show that UTAR students are not only excellent in academic but also socially responsible,” said UTAR Vice President (Student Development and Alumni Relations) Dr Teh Chee Seng at the launching ceremony. He was proud to see that UTAR students continued to serve for the betterment of the community.
Delivering a speech on behalf of Kampar MP and Deputy Home Minister Dato’ Lee Chee Leong, Daniel Wa Wai How said, “UTAR students have shown that they are capable of putting what they have learnt into good use in real life.” Wa is a special officer to Dato’ Lee.
“This volunteerism campaign is held to educate students on the importance of volunteerism, social responsibility and event management,” said UTAR Faculty of Arts and Social Science Dean Dr Cheah Phaik Kin. She added that through the campaign, students would not only learn to be leaders but also improve the lives of the community and change their perception on volunteerism. Dr Cheah initiated both the volunteerism campaigns.
The volunteerism campaign is under an umbrella campaign of UTAR PR Campaign 2013, which is part of the final-year projects of UTAR PR students. The students were divided into five groups. Each group was tasked to carry out its own community service projects under the themes of education, health and environment during March and April.
All the five groups were assigned with mascots of specific colours, creatively named ‘Volunharry’, ‘Voluneddy’, ‘Volungenie’, ‘Volunborny’ and ‘Volunearthlene’.
The ceremony also saw PR Campaign 2013 main Campaign Director Lim Jean Nie handed over a donation of RM2,000 from PR students to Sin Min Primary School Headmaster Yee Chun Weng, who received it on behalf of Kelab Komuniti Tronoh Mines.
Also present at the ceremony were Tronoh Mines New Village Head Cheah Ah Low and Deputy Dean Gan Pei Lee.