AT TAYLOR'S: Amy Capstick (capstick.a@gardenschool.edu.my)
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When an alumni is asked what does he or she remembers most about Garden International School (GIS), more often than not; the answer is the annual Mufti Day. Last year, the event raised a total of over RM138,000 for charity. One third of the total went to the Malaysian Children's Operation, while another third was donated to the Typhoon Haiyan Aid charity to help with the rebuilding effort in the Philippines. The remainder was sent to eight Malaysian charities – WAKE (Women & Health Association of Kuala Lumpur)Children’s Wish Society of MalaysiaPPKKCTM (Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman Megah)Desa Amal Jireh (Rumah Faith Orphanage)Stepping Stones Living CenterKiwanis Down Syndrome FoundationWomen’s Aid Organisation and Lighthouse Children’s Welfare Home
Mufti Day celebrates the wide cultural diversity that is found in Malaysia by encouraging the students to come to school in clothing that represents their own varied cultural background, instead of their usual uniforms. The children and their parents then pay to participate in various activities organized by the school prefects, with assistance from parents and teachers who volunteered their time or donated money or goods to raise the funds. “I felt sorry for all the people who are suffering and in need of help. I hope the money I donated can make a change for the better,” said a Year-8 student.
Traditionally, the school will be turned into a theme park by bringing in bouncy castles, games, various rides, food stalls from all over KL. Besides that the school also sold raffle tickets for RM1 each, which entitled ticket holders to win attractive prizes such as luxury hotel stays, shopping vouchers, fine dining vouchers, hampers, electronic gadgets and many more. With the theme “Mufti Through Ages’, the success of the event was also made possible by some of the dedicated external vendors who participated in both the food and the craft halls. The vendors, namely Fierce Curry House Indian Restaurant and F&N Dairies donated hundred percent to Mufti Day while Chilla Cup Café has donated 450 packed lunches for the Primary school. The school’s canteen operator, Gen B by The BIG-Group has also contributed fifty percent of their takings of the day to the Mufti Day fund.
Mufti Day is part of a bigger community service program at GIS as the school recognizes the need to educate students in becoming active citizens who contribute to their community both on a local and global level. Other community service activities include street feeding in KL and teaching underprivileged children English. While GIS boasts a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence it also recognizes that students require more than academic skills and competencies to succeed in life. For more information of Mufti Day event please contact Amy Capstick (capstick.a@gardenschool.edu.my) or Shamsiah Ismail (shamsiah.i@gardenschool.edu.my)

Written by Amelia Ooi