AT TAYLOR'S: Valarmathy Sarvanan (Valarmathy.Sarvanan@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Klang Utama Caring Home (+603-3291 4109)
The Student Council 2013 of Taylor’s College, Sri Hartamas (TCSH) recently organized an International Food Fair and over 100 students and staff came together to celebrate the unity in diversity. Flavoured by a melting pot of nationalities, the international food fair featured a scrumptious spread of Middle Eastern, Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Australian, Korean, Malaysian, European, and American cuisine. Students also came to enjoy each other’s company and relax. Clubs and societies were teamed together to represent a country and prepare gourmet dishes and delicacies of their host nation and encourage visitors to sample their wares. It was a whole new experience for some of the visitors as it was their first time trying food from other countries, and some at the event wanted recipes.
According to Ms Wong Sher Lynn, the Creative and Multimedia Manager of this event, “The International Food Fair was a brainchild of a few members of TCSH Student Council 2013 as a fundraising program for the Clubs and Societies of TCSH and also a program to strengthen the bonds between students. This year, we planned to expand this project by increasing the volume of participation and involvement from the student body.”

The main objective of the event was to encourage TCSH students and staff to understand the cultures of the international students. In addition, fifty percent of the proceeds were donated to TCSH’s beneficiary charity, Pertubuhan Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Selangor (Klang Utama Caring Home). Located in Klang, The Klang Utama Caring Home is an orphanage which houses 41 kids aged between 8 to 21 years old. Sher Lynn explains, “In the process of planning this event, we stumbled upon an orphanage, the Klang Utama Caring Home, which was burnt down and needed immediate support and attention. When we learned that, we decided to extend our help by donating the profits from this event as well as collecting some dry goods items for the children's daily necessities. This event was a success as we received positive responses from TCSH staff and students. As a bonus, all visitors to the fair had the opportunity to savour such delicious delicacies from each represented nation.”

One of the enthusiastic participants shared, “I have enjoyed the event so much and hope that it will become a yearly affair. An event like this not only broadens our knowledge of the delicacies of other countries, but it’s also a very good social activity for staff and students on the campus.” Lauren Wilson, principal of all three pre-university programs at Sri Hartamas adds, “The students at TCSH have always been exposed to various sorts of activities to build their team-working spirit and teach them the importance of interacting with different cultures.” This year’s International Food Fair was a hugely successful and a worthwhile event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. “TCSH’s international students come from all over Asia. So it is important for our students to have the opportunity to be exposed to cross-cultural experiences that will enhance their future careers both locally and internationally.”

Those looking for more information on this or other community events can contact the ECA at Sri Hartamas through their email at Valarmathy Sarvanan Valarmathy.Sarvanan@taylors.edu.my

Written by Wong Sher Lynn