AT TAYLOR'S: Ahmad Khairee (AhmadKhairee.AhmadJulaihi@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Down Syndrome and Hyper Active Children Care Centre (pjkkdsha@dshatherapy.org.my)
MNUTS (Movie Night Under The Stars) started in late October 2014 and was the first such event ever hosted at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus. It began when Sky Adventure Club of Taylor’s University assigned a task to its newly recruited members as part of the evaluation of their probation. Project initiator and chairperson, Ng Zhi Yi, came up with the idea of having an outdoor cinema experience for the attendees at Lakeside Campus simply because of the campus’ having an incredible night view and thought that it would be a unique experience for those who attended.  To make the project more meaningful, the members thought that it could be turned into a fund-raising event to help the Down Syndrome and Hyper Active Children Care Centre.
This care centre located in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang, serves as a special needs school for children and adults with Down SyndromeAustismCerebral PalsyIntellectual Disability (ID) and Hyperactive Disorders. Two weeks prior to the event, a roadshow was held in campus to sell the movie tickets, promote the event and also collect donations.RM6,790 was collected with all of the money collected channeled to the centre.
After months of planning, the event began on 30th January 2015 at the UniSquare of TULC with the joined forces of the current club members as well as new recruits. Entrance to the event was RM10 which came with a bottle of mineral water, some snacks and discount voucher from its sponsor, Code Factory. The audience was able to choose between two screened movies of Shaun of The Dead and Johnny English Reborn. Throughout the event, not only food and drinks were sold, there were also a quiz conducted by Code Factory during intermission. The centre’s representative, Mr. S.Gunarasa showed his support and attended the event along with his other community service partners.

Adrian Chin, MNUTS' Assistant Chairperson noted, “At the beginning of the event planning, we had very little confidence in the success of the event. The majority of the recruits had a minimum level of experience with event management and since such event had never been held before, we had nobody else to rely on for advice. There were other problems as well, such as struggles in acquiring licenses to show a movie outdoors on campus by the university, low traffic in campus between December 2014 to January 2015 to go to the event, difficulty in finding a large screen to view the films, poor communication among recruits and members, and the unpredictable weather on the event day itself.”

“Our doubts and low confidence perished when we got our official sponsors. Thanks to our sponsors, we didn’t have to worry about the major expenses of the event anymore. On the day of the event, we had to set up twice within an hour due to the horrible weather earlier. Unfortunately the weather continued to be a problem, so we had to change our venue. Although it was a shame not being able to host the event outdoors as planned, we were proud of ourselves to have performed well during the crisis,” added Zhi Yi.

Despite all the mishaps during the preparation, the event ended smoothly with audiences enjoying the evening. The organizing committee was grateful for the support they had from the club and the university and look forward to organize a MNUTS 2 in the future. For inquiries regarding MNUTS or any other activities by the Taylor's University Sky Adventure Club, drop them an email at skyadventureclub.tlc@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/SkyAdventureMalaysia

Written by Ng Zhi Yi and Adrian Chin