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With cease-fires continuing in Gaza, there are still thousands of people who are at risk, injured and in need of medical care. Over a million people are affected by the crisis in the State of Palestine. 1.4 million people had no or very limited access to water or sanitation at the peak of the crisis. Families have lost their homes. Medicines and medical equipment are running out in Gaza’s hospitals. Children are trying to cope with the trauma they have live through – the third war in six years

Moved by MERCY Malaysia’s effort to provide humanitarian aid, the students of Taylor’s College Subang Jaya (TCSJ) recently donated RM30,000 to help the volunteer relief organization obtain medical supplies for Gaza crisis victims. The funds were raised through Taylor’s Bubble Cup 2014, a charity Futsal tournament in a unique twist organized by a group of Canadian Pre-U (CPU) students of TCSJ. The tournament held at Extreme Park, Sunway South Quay on 4th October 2014, drew the attention of approximately 70 participants comprising students and staff from various institutions of higher learning including Canadians teachers from TCSJ.
 
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Taylor’s Bubble Cup is derived from Bubble Football. It is a new brand of beautiful game which brings a whole new meaning to ball control because players compete inside giant bubbles. Bubble Football is the creation of Lee Moseley, 30, who used to work as an asbestos surveyor but packed in his day job to set up his dream company. The game sees ten players encased in zorb-like inflatable bubbles, then encourages bouncing into each other as they fight for possession of the ball to score a goal. The game’s designer says despite players seen easily flipped and knocked on their backs like turtles, the inflatable suits are extremely safe. 

“It is always in inspiration to see our young people making a difference through life experiences which is why we continue to advocate service learning among our students. These out-of-classroom initiatives create a platform for our students to gain value added skills and real-world experiences through hands-on activities,” said Taylor’s College President, Lim Tou Boon. In addition to raising funds for medical supplies, the Taylor’s College Bubble Cup was also aimed at building comradely between the students and teachers from different campuses through participation in this amusing sporting event.

The event was first initiated by Vikash Bavisi, Taylor’s College Bubble Cup Organizing Chairperson, who had the desire to help the people affected in Gaza, “we want to make show the society that the younger generation today is capable enough to make an impact to this world. It does not matter how big difference we can make, as long as we can make it, that is all matters.” Vikash also explained that their initial target was RM20,000, however, they managed to surpass it by an additional RM10,000 through sponsorship from various companies and also activities organized by the Taylor’s Bubble Committee such as Slime Day. “We also sold wristbands with the word ‘Make a Difference’ on it. When it comes to humanity, there should be no limit,” he added.
 
Two teams of five players each suit up in the plastic spheres before chasing and kicking the ball to the best of their ability. Team ‘Los Gnomos’, which was captained by Mr Joel Cressman, proved to be a formidable team as they were declared the champions of the Taylor’s College Bubble Cup 2014. All five players took home a gift hamper and trophy. For more pictures or information, please visit Taylor’s Bubble Cup 2014 at : www.taylorsbubblecup.weebly.com


Written by Vikash Bavisi
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