AT TAYLOR'S: Jennette Tan (tan.jennette@kl.tis.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: UNICEF Malaysia (kualalumpur@unicef.org)
In Taylor’s International School Kuala Lumpur (TISKL), students are taught to always respect and care for the less fortunate. Following the shocking 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on 25th April 2015 and another measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale on 12th May 2015 have claimed more than 9,000 lives, more than 21,800 injured and destroyed countless homes. Children are facing an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences — and with 5,000 schools damaged or destroyed, more than 1 million are without classrooms. After the disaster, the guidance teams have organised a week of events this week to raise money for Nepal.

On Tuesday, 26th May 2015 a Mufti Day was held, where the school encourages everyone to wear a combination of red and white clothing that represents the main colours of the Nepalese flag and make a donation of a minimum of RM5 towards this important cause. There was also a jumble sale by the secondary students from Year 8 and 10. They conducted the event with a donation drive by selling various items such as bags, accessories and more. A special thank you to one of the parent sponsor Ms Chung Siew Kim and her son Chung Tzun Tze. The donation drive was a huge success. 
At the same time in the Early Years Centre (EYC), students have created a coin trail of ‘gold’ coins for Nepal. Linking to the theme of gold and treasure, the EYC students laid a trail of golden coins (20 and 50 cent pieces) to raise money for UNICEF Malaysia. The money collected will be used to help the poor children in Nepal.

TISKL collectively raised RM18,000, and a cheque presentation by its Principal, Mr. Peter Wells to M. Richard Beighton, Chief of Private Sector Fundraising & Partnerships of UNICEF Malaysia was held on 2 June 2015. On behalf of UNICEF Malaysia, Mr Beighton would like to thanked TISKL for their generosity and support. “We are very proud of all our students, parents and staff who selflessly donated and helped raise funds for this good cause and putting the needs of others ahead of ourselves. This was a great way to show respect and care for one another,” said Mr Wells at the cheque presentation ceremony.

TISKL believes its students have a moral responsibility to those in their own community and beyond. It is a very important part of their education. Raising funds and helping to allocate them develops a social awareness and important leadership skills. Academic results without developing empathy for those around would be an incomplete education. Developing a strong moral compass and selflessness are values that rightly underpin all the work that the students of TISKL undertake.

Those who wish to find out more about the community service activities in TISKL may contact Ms Jennette Tan at tan.jennette@kl.tis.edu.my

Written by Amelia Ooi