AT TAYLOR'S: Valarmathy Sarvanan (Valarmathy.Sarvanan@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Postive Shelter Home - POSHe (positiveshelter@gmail.com)
15th September 2013. The alarm rans at 5am. Quickly out of bed in no time at all, they were on the way to Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas (TCSH). More specifically 1,900 of them. Why? For Jog For Hope 2013 (JFH2013), the annual charity run organised by the Pre-University students of TCSH. What started out as a simple idea for charity by Chua Kee Aik, the president of the Tree Huggers Club and founder of Jog for Hope, had become a popular event amongst the community in the Sri Hartamas area. Last year, TCSH raised RM29,000 for SPICES. SPICES is an acronym for Support for Parents, Infants and Children through Early Services, deals with children with learning difficulties and development delays. They help these children to fit into society and also realise their full potential.

Brian Lee, JFH2013 student leader comments “The opportunity to be part of this amazing event is a once in a lifetime chance, to manage something of this scale is something few of us will ever have the chance to do, not just during our studies but during our life. We learnt to be more resourceful and creative in driving participation for the run. The spectacle of seeing teenagers aged 16 to 20 working over three months to contribute over RM37,000 to charity is a sight to behold and I count myself truly privileged to have been a part of this event”.
Recapping his experience in leading the JFH2013, Project Manager Syed Harris Umar Bin Syed Hussain said, "the process of organising JFH2013 was an interesting journey with a balance of fun and challenging moments. Each member played an important role particularly by engaging with our peers and going door-to-door to nearby retail outlets, schools, colleges and universities to promote JFH2013." "The challenge came about when we discovered the proposed event date and route clashed with four other runs. To overcome this, we made a collective decision to develop a new route which was also safer for our participants. As for the beneficiary of choice this year, we found out that POSHe was in the midst of moving to a new location but needed financial aid to ensure a safer environment through some restoration work," he added.

This community project developed under the guidance of former Community Service Coordinator 
Dachaini Karuppiah, who led, trained, and advised the Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas students with such commitment and drive that the 2013 JFH amassed almost four times more than the original amount raised during the 2009 JFH at RM37 000. The media appeal of JFH has grown immensely over the last few years with notable media figures including Deborah Henry and Dr. Hou Kok Chong, Deputy Minister of Higher Education 2009, all supporting and actively speaking out in support of the event. With over 2000 participants last year, JFH TCSH remains as one of the largest 100% student driven charity events in Malaysia. Altogether, over the course of the last 5 years JFH TCSH has donated over RM120 000 to various charities including SPICES (Support for Parents, Infants and Children through Early Services) and most recently A Positive Shelter Home (POSHe).