The Civic Department of R.E.A.L Schools National, Cheras Campus is an active society of teachers and students whom are passionate and committed in driving numerous initiatives that leave a lasting impact and impression on the lives of others. Members of the department often organise various charity projects such as fundraising campaigns, humanitarian trips to old folks and orphanage homes and many more. Driven by their motto of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’, a group of 26 Senior 5 students members visited the SPCA Selangor centre in Ampang Jaya earlier this year.
The visit was aimed at improving the living conditions of the homeless, lost and abused animals at the centre. This project also helped to instill the values of kindness and compassion amongst students towards all of God’s creations. Upon arriving at the centre, the students wasted no time in making the most out of their visit and began cleaning the dog and cat kennels and bird aviaries; as well as disposing all waste and unclogging drains, among other things.
The highlight of the day was the appearance of Ms. Shweta Kaur Sekhon, a Miss Malaysia World 2016 finalist, who came to lend her support and a helping hand in the noteworthy cause. In her speech, the beauty queen stressed the importance of caring for animals. She reminded everyone that animals have rights too, but they are often neglected. “Similar to humans, animals also have feelings. But they are unable to speak, so we should be their voice. Let us be their voice,” she said.
SPCA stands for The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Founded in 1958, the non-profit organization aims to protect defenseless animals and alleviate their suffering. The organisation provides an array of services to the community in hopes of creating awareness amongst the public on animal abuse and crimes against animals. Such services include adoption programmes, investigation of cruelty reports, humane education, assistance to the community of animal caregivers and a cost-effective spay or neuter clinic for animal owners who wish to do so for their pets.
Before leaving, the Civic Department made a humble donation of RM200 to the organization which it hopes would in some small way, contribute towards the centre’s upkeep and maintenance. Overall, the R.E.A.L students certainly did their part in making a positive difference towards ongoing efforts in achieving a ‘stray-free Malaysia’ and putting an end to animal cruelty.