AT TAYLOR'S: Sim Jia Kent (JiaKent.Sim@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: GOLD Peer Education Development Agency's (info@goldpe.org.za)

The “Colours of Africa: Beyond Horizons” Fundraising Dinner took place in January 2015 in the banquet hall of the Royal Lake Club Kuala Lumpur. Organized by the dedicated students of Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas (TCSH) from both the Rotaract and Leo Club, it was an event aimed at empowering and embedding a vision to help create the leaders of tomorrow among the youth in South Africa. A total of RM26,300 comprised of both donations and charitable deeds, was raised during the event for GOLD (Generation of Leaders Discovered), the chosen beneficiary.

GOLD is an organization that seeks to grow young African leaders with character and integrity through a structured peer-education model to mobilize their generation to fulfill their true potential. It seeks to tackle and overcome the overwhelming obstacles facing the youth In South Africa, such as poverty, inadequate education, unemployment, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. GOLD’s motto is “Africa’s greatest resource is its young people”.

Guests began arriving at the venue at 6pm, mingling in the Lake Club’s foyer until the Masters of Ceremony, Riya Sarna and Dharshan Abraham kicked-off the event at 7pm. The opening performance, a lively Disney Medley, took place, followed by a speech by the principal of TCSH – Ms. Lauren Wilsonwho spoke of the importance of trusting and empowering young people to develop their native abilities. 

The College’s gifted twins, Sarah and Hannah, then performed a duet, and further music was provided by Jazlin Zakri, another talented musician at TCSH, who performed a solo while strumming on her guitar. While food was served, an inspirational slideshow on the work of GOLD in South Africa was presented. Then Nabilla Adnan, a multi-talented student at TCSH, performed a much loved set of songs from the legendary “Lion King,” an appropriate choice given the continent of focus for the evening. Many seated guest were seen to be happily singing along with Ms. Adnan. Charles and Sarah introduced a romantic mood by means of their instrumental of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” also from the Lion King.  The staff of the College also got on board, with the ECA’s Sim Jia Kent enthusiastically engaging the crowd with his wide vocal range and lively performance.

Under the motivational title “TCSH Empowers Africa,” a legitimate African mood was introduced by a string of performances entitled ‘Spirits of Africa”, consisting of two separate African lullabies melded into one haunting tune. The closing performance was an Africanized version of “We Found Love”, originally composed by Rihanna, which was accompanied with African beats by Lindsey Stirling. This was further enlivened by an unexpected surprise when dancer Cathy Zhang was joined by the Colours of Africa Project Manager, Joshua Low and MC Dharshan Abraham in an impromptu dance, causing a roar of approval from the appreciative crowd. It was a fitting and enthusiastic conclusion to an inspiring evening. 

Written by Dayana Heera