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AT TAYLOR'S: Colleen Derham (colleend@aism.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Shepherd’s Centre Foundation Kajang (contact@scfmalaysia.org)
The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) seeks to teach their students more than just what it takes to pass and get good grades in a course of study. The school also seeks to teach students to be caring citizens of the world. Led by Ms Colleen Derham, the Service Coordinator for the school, students and their parents were challenges to bring some gifts to school, not for their friends and teachers, but rather for the less fortunate in the community. The response was heartwarming as many students and their families generously donated treats and gifts for the children of the Shepherd Centre Foundation in Kajang.

These presents were them packed into hundreds of gift wrapped boxes and were then collected and labelled. Gifts for boys were wrapped in red, while gifts for girls were wrapped in green, with each gift bearing an age range label. The presents were then passed on to Pastor Jacop David of the home who distributed the boxes to the excited children. While the orphanage is in continuous need for more books and stationery to help support the children’s education, other donations can also be given to the home such as canned food items and stationeries. AISM collects over 500 gifts to donate to this worthwhile cause every year.
 
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This experience instills in AISM students and community a feeling of gratitude for their own circumstances and develops compassion for the less fortunate. “Christmas is the season to give to others, and no doubt it is better to give then receive, in the true spirit of Christmas. In return a ‘Thank you and God bless you’ is the message received from Pastor Jacop from the Good Shepherd Centre during the visit to hand over the gifts. To see the beaming faces of children was indeed priceless!”

Those wishing to help this worthy cause are encouraged to visist their website at http://www.scfmalaysia.org/ or contact Pastor Jacop David directly at contact@scfmalaysia.org or through his mobile at +6019-266 2525. 
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