“Because everyone deserves a home!”
That is what the CSI Volunteers believe. With this in mind, Project HOME was started. Project HOME is an initiative by Taylor's University CSI Volunteers, under the leadership of Pravinan Lai, and under the guidance of CSI Volunteer Advisor, Mr Albert Ling. The project started when the volunteers learned out about the plight of the close to 12,000 Orang Asli families in Peninsular Malaysia without access to a safe home. Project HOME was conceived in collaboration with EPIC Homes – Extraordinary People Impacting Community - an initiative founded by former Taylor's University alumnus John-son Oei, who aims to develop relationships between the urban and rural populations of Malaysia through building homes for underprivileged Malaysian communities.
Their current focus is on the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia, the Orang Asli. A team from Taylor’s University, led by Dato' Loy Teik Ngan previously travelled to Batang Kali in Hulu Selangor and took the challenge of building an entire home in just one weekend. Click here to read about the project.
The committee members of the project came up with various fundraising activities to enable this project. Among the activities were:
- Donation Drive
CSI has opened up a booth on campus three times a day to garner awareness and to collect donations. At the booth there are various games and sales of second hand books. A group of students volunteered to collect second hand items from the residents of PJS7 in Subang Jaya to be sold at the booth.
- HOME Charity Challenge Run
Led by Yap Enxin from Taylor’s Business School, the event is a joint initiative by CSI Volunteers and Clubs & Societies of Taylor's University. The 4.2km marathon held on 26th October 2014 in Taylor's University Lakeside Campus has collected RM4,240.10. Read more about the event here.
Shave4HOME is an initiative by Taylor’s University’s Biomedical Science student, Ang Chiew Teng, who pledged to shave her head if she hit the target of raising RM15,000 for Project HOME. With RM5,000 raised through the pledge, she has cut her long hair to shoulder length. She has raised a total of RM9,050 through her pledge, donations from friends and lecturers and through the self-organised Christmas Charity Bazaar.
- The Hope Jockeys Wristband Sales
The Hope Jockeys Team by Taylor’s University Talent Management Programme has decided to support Ang Chiew Teng’s Shave4HOME fundraising campaign by donating a sum of RM590 that has been raised through the sales of the wristbands, The colourful wristbands were designed with Braille and word of “HOPE” sold for RM2 a piece.
- Activities by TUISC
Within just two weeks, Taylor’s University International Student Council raised a total fund of RM6,000 through activities like the Charity Boutique, Futsal Charity Tournament 2014 and street busking in October and November 2014 which was organised by the council members themselves.
Anything4HOME is an idea of project leader Pravinan Lai which allows willing students to portray their talents and passion to gain donations. It also allows students to take up any challenge to gain attention. For example, a group of students from Taylor’s School of Pharmacy accepted the challenge to push a car around campus. Pravinan and his friends successfully completed two rounds in an hour’s time and managed to raise RM400.
Project HOME welcomes everyone on the campus of Taylor's University's Lakeside campus to join in their ambitious outreach to the Orang Asli. Those who are interested in participating in their events, the home building project or donations to the team may contact Albert Ling at email@example.com
or Pravinan Lai at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. To get updates of Project HOME and its happening events and activities, visit Project HOME Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/projecthome2014
or Taylor’s CSI Facebook page at www.facebook.com/taylors.CSI
Written by Amelia Ooi