Published on: Thursday, September 19, 2013
"We want our students to be those who choose to see one's less fortunate situation as a calling for them to reach out to others," said Sayfol International School's Principal, Mior Azman.
"It's important for us to train them to not just think about themselves but to also think about others.
"The ability to put oneself in another person's shoes can be birthed through close and personal interactions with the less fortunate," added Mior after handing over RM30,000 to Sutera Harbour Resort's 7K Sunset Charity Run at their school, here.
"There is no doubt that academic excellence can determine one's success, but charity work is one of the most important aspects in life that is able to shape one's character. "
"This is what we hope to build through encouraging their involvement in service trips and charity events," said Mior.
In fact, one tiny act of giving back to society creates a ripple as there are a group of his former students who he is still in touch with are still involved in being charitable towards others.
"The activities we lined out for them help them socialise and accept the differences among people in society. It also helps them to be more helpful."
When asked in relation to youths who are mostly not keen in getting involved in volunteer work which emphasises on assisting the less fortunate, he reiterated that students from their school are different.
"Students here engage in academic, sports and charitable activities which give them a sense of balance in their lives. We have a lot of students who have obtained straight A's.
In fact, we achieved 100 per cent in our O Levels. On top of that, many of our students have studied in the UK by just using their forecast exam results," he highlighted.
According to Mior, spending time with orphans, old folk and unwanted animals is compulsory for their students, aged 13 and above.
He plans to provide a one-week charitable job placement experience to year 10 and year 11 students.
"This would involve our students having hands-on experiences at places like SPCA or old folks home."
Seeing how successful it is as it has worked for him as a student in the UK, Mior decided to implement the act of giving back to society here.
Meanwhile, commenting on the school's RM30,000 donation which makes them the main sponsor for Sutera Harbour Resort's 7K sunset charity run this year, he said this is one of the school's ways to give back to society.
"It gives us great pleasure to know that this will be used for a good cause and will be channelled to people who need it the most."