AT TAYLOR'S: Valarmathy Sarvanan (Valarmathy.Sarvanan@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Stepping Stones Living Centre (j_rajahser@hotmail.com)
Students of Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas (TCSH) Campus have set a new record for their fund raising efforts by securing RM57,000 in the latest edition of Jog for Hope 2014 (JFH2014). Almost doubling the initial target of RM30,000, the annual fund raiser which successfully gathered nearly two thousand joggers has benefited the Stepping Stones Living Centre. Led by Project Manager Lim Fong Lian, Head of Route Planning Patrick Chong and his assistant Nur Elisa Binti Abdul Razak, the 24-strong organising committee of JFH2014 were guided and mentored by ECA staff for about 7 months to make the event a success. The organising team, comprising students from TCSH’s Pre-University programms - South Australian Matriculation (SAM), Cambridge A-Levels (CAL) and International Baccaleareate Diploma Programme (IBDP) - were actively involved in every aspect of the organising process including securing sponsors, marketing and publicising the event. Although it is an annual event but the people behind the scenes - the Jog for Hope committee members along with the student council of TCSH - are a fresh batch of students without much experience in organising an event with the magnitude like JFH.
The idea of organizing this jogathon came about after members of the Tree Huggers Club of TCSH visited the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory (SCASFT). Since then, JFH has been orgniased annually by TCSH and has even reached to people from Seremban and Pahang as well, with participants from many states traveling all the way to TCSH to participate in the event. Last year, TCSH raised RM37,000 for A Positive Shelter Home (POSHe), a non-governmental organization which opened its doors in January 2010 to home abandoned children and women living with HIV.
TCSH President, Mr Lim Tou Boon expressed his admiration for the dedication of the committee, “we are proud to see students creating a milestone for themselves through JFH, one of the key events for TCSH. Every year, students are given the opportunity to excel beyond academic achievements and develop their life skills and leadership skills in organising events within and beyond the campus. It is a learning experience for students to grow towards being well-rounded individuals who will eventually take their place as productive leaders in the global community,”

Prior to JFH2014, the committee members worked really hard in promoting the event to the local community and had them join. This year the event was divided into three categories – School, college/university and open with running distances of 3.3km (fun run), 6.3km and 10.5km. On the event, the rain has delayed the scheduled flag off time. Despite being soaked, runners were all still very enthusiastic and the run was finally flagged off at 8am by Mr. Lim Tou Boon. The committee was well prepared in receiving the runners at the finishing line and sorted out the winners in no time. The climax of the event was the prize giving ceremony as well as the presentation of the mock cheque to the representative of Stepping Stones Living Centre by Mr Lim Tou Boon along with TCSH Principal Ms Lauren Wilson.
The Stepping Stones Living Center, this year’s beneficiary, is a home for underprivileged children and senior citizens. Situated on Jalan Sungei Dua, in Taman Seputeh, the home provide basic facilities for underprivileged and abused children, distressed widows, single mothers and seniors without support. In all there are one hundred residents of the home, which depends upon charitable donations from the public in order to remain operating. For more information on JFH2014 please contact TCSH’s ECA department through Ms. Valarmathy Sarvanan at Valarmathy.Sarvanan@taylors.edu.my.

Written by Amelia Ooi