Taking some time off their weekends was a small but worthwhile sacrifice for two groups of Senior 5 students from R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras as they embarked on two charitable activities in and around Kuala Lumpur.
Organized by the school’s Civic Department, the first group comprising 22 students from Senior 5 ‘Wisdom’ class made their way to Jalan Masjid India in the heart of KL. On this Saturday morning of 15 February 2014, the students walked the streets and alley ways in that vicinity to give out food and clothes to the homeless and less fortunate regardless of race, age and gender. Witnessing first-hand the plight of these individuals certainly opened their eyes towards reality, and made them realize on the objective of their trip, which was – “Do not count the things you do, but do the things that count”.
The following Saturday morning on 22 February 2014 saw the second group consisting of 36 students from Senior 5 Hope and Senior 5 Bold classes combine to visit Tokong Kew Ong Yah or Kew Ong Yah Temple in Ampang to carry out various community-based activities such as cleaning the temple premises, donating to the temple monks and to the poor, as well as conducting silent prayers for those who are unwell. For this trip, the students’ objective was “To instill caring values and maintain an attitude of love and respect for everyone and to create a life filled with dignity and purpose as mankind is one global family with caring values”.
With the work towards a charitable cause achieved, the students can take home with them valuable life lessons while knowing the fact that their noble deeds had benefitted the temple and had also made a significant and positive impact on the lives of several underprivileged souls. Their service towards the greater good of the community is typical of one of the R.E.A.L Pillars of Life, which is Character Building in R.E.A.L Schools.