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APU Students Joint Forces with Kechara Soup Kitchen to Help the Homeless

Hunger knows no barriers, however, our staff and students are ever-ready to lend a helping hand.

Recently, 45 students and staff participated in Kechara Soup Kitchen’s weekly efforts of food distribution to the needy, under the leadership of Ms. Geetha Rubasundram, lecturer of the School of Accounting, Finance & Quantitative Studies (SAFIQS), Yelena Stepanenko and Abdulrahman Ali Ali Shagea, who were Level 2 students of SAFIQS.

Food packages, groceries, and items of clothing were distributed to the needy at Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kota Damansara, in which our students showed their love and care by volunteering to arrange, label and distribute the goods to the families. Prior to this initiative, a representative from Kechara Soup Kitchen, Mr. Justin Cheah conducted a briefing at APU with regards to his experiences as a volunteer with the NGO. A donation drive followed after, in which APU staff and students contributed a total of RM2,050 to the organization.


Mural Painting for Charity - APU Students Join Hands to Beautify the City

As part of the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL)’s efforts to beautify the city, our lecturers and students from the School of Media, Arts & Design (SoMAD), School of Foundation, Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET) and Faculty of Business & Management (FBM) participated in the mural painting project, initiated by iM4U, Malaysia’s leading youth volunteer community.

The project took place over 3 days in Taman Tasik Sri Rampai. A wall of 350 feet (L) x 4 feet (H) has been completed, in which the students incorporated the uniqueness of Malaysian culture and heritage, as well as the logos of APU and APIIT. Despite having to complete the mural painting under the scorching hot weather, our students enjoyed the process as they took their drawing skills into practice.


The Gift of Giving - APU Hands Over Donation to National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia from Wishing Well

In 2015, the Wishing Well Coin Donation Device was designed and built by a group of Engineering students from the IEM-APU Student Section (IASS). Since then, APU staff and students have been generously contributing coins and bank notes to the Wishing Well, that climbed up to 3 levels.

2016 was a fruitful year for the Wishing Well; at the end of 2016 - a thorough calculation took place, and it was found that a total donation of RM 1,615.00 was collected throughout the year! 

All proceeds went to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia. A simple yet meaningful hand-over ceremony was held, in which the Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET), Prof. Dr. Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam handed over the funds to NKF representative, Ms. Stephanie Wee, under the witness of Dr. Thang Ka Fei, Dr. Chen Tet Khuan and Mr. Jacob Sow.    

 

On behalf of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia and the committee, we would like to thank all donors for your love and generosity channelled towards the underprivileged kidney patients and their families. Special thanks to all student volunteers who contributed time and effort in developing, installing and improvising the Wishing Well Coin Donation Device, as listed below:

Wong Chuen Yan (Team lead) 

Wong Xi Jun (Assistant team lead)

Yap Khong Leong  

Yim Jun Ming

Ngie Kok Sin

Alex Haw Wai Kit

Justin Chong

Gabriel Chong Sing Leung

Huang Jiann Jer 

Andrew Chay Ding Rong

Chew Jie Chyean 

Koh Qi Yun

Law Jing Shen

Law Yong Yi

Ng Mun Foong

Brian Gan Yew Jee

 Yong Gheng Tuck 

Wyray Tan

Tey Yen Khai

Khoo Hong Ann

Yeong Kar Jun

Rachel Ng Kai Ling

Uthaya Kumar A/L Ravi

Ong Sheng Chee

Ng Yong Kyle

Lee Jia Xhing

Tan Chuan Bin

Dineshaa Gunasagaran

See Soog Yuan 

Arun Attappan

Please continue your donations to NKF in support of improving the lives of kidney patients and their families, as well as the operations of the kidney dialysis centres. Your generosity and contributions will be highly appreciated.


Beautifying the City - APIIT SoMAD Students Paint Mural at Puchong Food Truck Area

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts, a group of students from the APIIT School of Media, Arts and Design (SoMAD) contributed in the Subang Jaya City Council (Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya – MPSJ) efforts to beautify the walls at the food truck area in Jalan Kenari, Puchong.

This project was assigned to us by iM4u and has received tremendous response from the SoMAD students and lecturers, in which the mural was painted over 4 days, from Thursday, 8 September to Sunday, 11 September. Apart from contributing to a good cause, the students also gained the opportunity to apply the artistic skills learnt in their classes.

    

 

The lecturers in SoMAD has coordinated and planned for this initiative to take place, good job and well done to Wong Chee Meng, Christine Lim, Debbie Liew, Fitri Anas Muhiddin and Siew Yen for making this happen! We look forward to seeing more participation in upcoming CSR projects like these.

Click here to view directions to the mural painting:  https://goo.gl/maps/ioHC9MHANvT2 

CSR - Myth or Reality?

A group of students from the APU School of Accounting, Finance and Quantitative Studies (SAFIQS) recently participated in a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum titled “CSR – Myth or Reality” on Monday, 18 April 2016.  The forum was part one of the 3-phased CSR project plan initiated by the school. 

At the forum, Mr. Justin Cheah from Kechara Soup Kitchen Society, Mr. Suresh Naidu from Fun Charity and Ms. Julianna Ooi from Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan Family Reproductive Health Association (FREHA) provided an insight into their experiences as youth volunteers and the various projects carried out by their organisations.  The session also included a briefing on Integrated Reporting by Ms. Geetha Rubasundram, which includes Corporate Social Responsibility as part of the Value Creation process and reporting. 

The forum marked the start of the second phase whereby the students would be raising funds via a donation drive to fund the final phase – a half-day outdoor activity hosted by APU students for a group of orphans from selected orphanages. 

 

APU School of Foundation students Participate in SPCA Volunteer Programme

More than 25 School of Foundation (SOF) students from the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation were involved in an animal welfare and care learning programme at the new, animal friendly, and welcoming surroundings at the SPCA premises in Ampang.  

This is a continuing volunteer programme that began in January 2016 and will continue throughout this year. Organised by SOF, the objective is about giving back to society as well understanding animal behaviour and care. Caring for animals is not something that most of the students are used to. Therefore it was only natural that there was some anxiety followed by enthusiasm and by the time the day was over, the smiles and elation on the faces of the Foundation students said it all. 

  

Our volunteers first attended a short education programme and then had the opportunity to practice some of the skills learnt like taking the dogs for walks, cleaning up kennels and the surroundings, feeding animals.  

As a gesture of appreciation to the SPCA, Dr Sarvinder Kaur (SOF Head of School), Ms Abhhirami, and Mr Vijay Reddy (Senior Manager, Special Projects) presented pet food well as old newspapers which the SPCA so desperately needs for its use. Students of the SOF deserve to be applauded for contributing to a noble cause. The dedicated and tireless efforts of the staff and volunteers of SPCA must be commended.

About SPCA (www.spca.org.my)
SPCA Selangor is an animal welfare organisation based in Ampang Jaya, Selangor. The aim of the SPCA is to protect defenseless animals and to alleviate their suffering. In addition,  SPCA provides an adoption program, investigation of cruelty reports, humane education, assistance to community animal caregivers and run a dedicated, low-cost spay/ neuter clinic.

Pautan Kasih Program

On February 27th, 2016, the APU Malay Cultural Society (AMCS) participated in the Pautan Kasih Program, which took place at Kampung Sg Merali, Batu 4, Jalan Gombak, Kuala Lumpur. A total of 100 participants from APU, 76 villagers and 26 committee members of AMCS were involved in this program. The aim of this program was to introduce Malaysian culture to the international students and also to care about the community particularly in the rural area. In addition, the program allowed the students to take a break from their studies while doing something meaningful for the community. 

The JKK of Kampung Sg Merali, YB Dato Abdul Razak Muhammad officiated the event. Various activities were conducted to suit the purpose and objectives of this program, such as community work (gotong-royong), aerobic exercise, balloon splash, finding candy in the flour, human bridge, candy guessing and tug of war (tarik tali). Students and the members of the public enjoyed the session together. All these activities were conducted at the playground in Kampung Sg. Merali under the supervision and guidance of AMCS committee members. 

 

The event demonstrated a high level of interaction between students and public, and it was held with success under the teamwork and coordination by AMCS. We look forward to see more activities like these in the future, in which our students and staff may bring more joy and happiness to the communities in need.