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Inspired by the Mugs of Love 2013, Welfare and Charity Keen Youths’ Society (WACKY) officially launched its own Pillows of Love 2014 on 22nd September. Spanning two weeks, the event took place in the open area of The Learning Hub at Taylor’s College Subang Jaya (TCSJ) campus, from 9am to 4pm daily. With much positive support from staff and students, the team successfully collected 185 hand-painted pillow cases and sold another 65 pillows to students. Together with pillow inners, the pillow cases and ninety percent of the profit earned were channeled to four orphanage homes in Klang Valley – Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Selangor (Klang Utama Caring Home), Yayasan Seribu Harapan Malaysia, Ti-Ratana Welfare Society and Trinity Community Children Home.

Neo Ming Yi, the organising chairperson, explains what the project was about. “In keeping with our mission to show care and love to underprivileged communities, Pillows of Love (POL)’s committee members decided to get the students’ direct involvement in this project. By getting students to draw on white pillow cases themselves, it would develop a personal touch and allow their sincerity to be felt by its recipients. Other than this, the participants were also be given a pair of bookmarks after they finished drawing, where they can write down their blessings for loved ones.” 

“The purpose of this is to spread the love and care for each other among Taylorians and to create a feeling of ‘love in return’ where the sender and recipient should both feel loved,” she added. To make the project more interesting, each of the participants was also being given a chance to redeem a voucher after sharing a photo of them with their handiwork onto Facebook and Instagram, with the hashtag of #wackypillowsoflove. The uniqueness and creativity of the project has attracted sponsorships from external parties, namely Rich Student Enterprise and Serba Wangi Sdn Bhd. Besides having The Students Voice as their media partner, POL has also received support and guidance from the President of Taylor’s College, Mr. Lim Tou Boon, the Academic Director, Mrs. Hoe Li-lin, the Manager of Student’s Activates and Club, Mr. Chia Nam Peng, and staff of  Student Development Centre and Administration department.

On 4th and 5th October the POL committees visited the orphanage homes, and distributed the decorated pillows along with RM500 cash and some home necessities such as rice, cooking oil, cereal, biscuits and stationeries which they have collected from donations. During the two days visit, the team interacted with the children by playing games and having lunch with them. A participant shared that they managed to overcome the language barrier while communication with kids of different races and also the ‘cultural shock’ when they first saw the environment of the homes. The project left a profound impact to both the participants and the children. “When we handed the pillows to the kids, they were very thankful and promised to appreciate the pillows,” a participant shared adding that the promise was the greatest inspiration and best in return for the team.

Written by Amelia Ooi