Inspired by the success of the Taylor's Education Group World Food Day in 2011, the Taylor’s World Food Day 2.0 meal packaging event took place on the 12th October 2013 at The Grand Hall of Taylor's University. Organised by the CSI Volunteers together with Stop Hunger Now Malaysia and Simplygiving.com, this event involved a total of 287 volunteers from Taylor’s University. As a result of their dedicated and enthusiastic efforts, the team managed to raise RM30,000 and pack 30,240 meals, distributed evenly to the Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan (YOKUK) and the Zomi Education Center.
The Taylor’s World Food Day 2.0 fund raising campaign was launched in September 2013. The CSI Volunteers conducted their fund raising activities in front of the Student Life Center from 11 am to 4 pm every weekday during September. Many interesting activities such as a Polaroid photobooth and hand-printing activities to allow students to leave their hand-print as to show their support and contribution to the cause. Cookies baked by the students of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts of Taylor’s University and the hand-made bookmarks by the Orang Asli were sold with the aim of raising RM30,000 to be used to buy the ingredients for the meal packs to be distributed to the less fortunate.
Stop Hunger Now is a worldwide NGO that has been in operation since 1998 and estimates that is has packaged well over 130 million meals in that time. It has designed the Meal Packaging Event to be a fun, hands-on mission project that is suitable for all ages. It is an immensely fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for anyone of any age. Each meal costs only RM1 and the CSI Volunteers were aiming to pack 30,000 meals in this event. In every dehydrated rice/soy meal, there are up to 21 essential vitamins and nutrients. Research has shown that nearly 33% of the people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
The CSI Volunteers would like to express their greatest appreciation to everyone who helped in the Taylor’s World Food Day 2.0 event as well as the ones who donated to the event. More information on upcoming community service initiatives through the Student Development Hub can be found by visiting their website at http://tustudentdevelopment.wordpress.com