“Don’t count the things you do, do the things that count.” – Zig Ziglar
Taking this to heart, the students of R.E.A.L Schools’ Shah Alam Campus took some time off their busy, daily schedule to do their bit for various charities. As part of R.E.A.L Schools’ dedicated Social Outreach Programme 2014; a total of 160 students and 21 teachers from the school’s National Senior section generously offered their time, energy and care to help those who are less fortunate and to fulfill their civic duties to the needy. They also did their part for nature and the environment by embarking on a clean-up exercise.
On a day of pure service, care, concern and humility, the R.E.A.L students and teachers were divided into four groups and each group was assigned a particular place to visit. The first group visited the ‘RumahAnakYatimKuang’, an orphanage located in Sungai Buloh, Selangor; and proceeded to clean the home itself, the canteen area and its surroundings.
The second group also paid a visit to an orphanage in Sungai Buloh, the ‘RumahAnakYatimSaujanaUtama’, and contributed something beyond the ordinary. They helped set up an ‘herb garden’ and even conducted a colouring competition that brightened the kids’ day. The herb garden project was a good way to teach the children the value of plants and nature as well as the responsibility that comes with nurturing and tending to the garden. The colouring competition meanwhile, allowed the children to express their creativity and showcase their artistic talents in a fun and relaxed setting.
The third group visited the ‘Rumah Orang KurangUpaya’ in Rawang. This welfare home houses the disabled and due to the physical limitations of its residents, the R.E.A.L students decided to help paint the home, clean the storeroom and wash the floors. Their effort certainly improved the living conditions at the residence and made the home more pleasant.
It was a little different for the fourth and final group, who were designated to go to ‘PantaiMorib’ to clean up a five-kilometre stretch of the beach allocated by the Ulu Langat District Council. With the fragile balance our environment often threatened by manmade activities, this effort was indeed noteworthy in order to spread the ‘green’ message and to make a difference in the world as well.
Overall, it was an exhausting but extremely gratifying endeavour by the R.E.A.L students. Taking some time off school was a small but worthwhile sacrifice as they know that they have made a positive and significant difference to the people and places that they visited. Witnessing the plight of the less fortunate first hand certainly opened their eyes to reality and taught them to be humble. For this trip, the students’ objective was “To instill caring values and maintain an attitude of love and respect for everyone while creating a life filled with dignity and purpose as mankind is one global family with caring values”.
With their 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 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 ‘Character Building’ and its overall aim. Character Building is one of the‘R.E.A.L Pillars of Life’ and is incorporated in the R.E.A.L Schools curriculum to inculcate desirable and exemplary character values within students. It was indeed a touching, rewarding and enjoyable visit for the group of students who learnt that we can definitely change the world for the better with simple, daily acts of kindness. Indeed, such charitable visits to welfare homes epitomize the aim of Character Building, one the five ‘R.E.A.L Pillars of Life’ which is incorporated into the R.E.A.L Schools curriculum.
No matter how small it may seem, every kind deed towards someone is a little step towards improving and demonstrating humanity. For the Cahaya students, staying for the long haul and committing to the children’s cause is crucial. With that; they aim to provide their time and energy (whenever required) for the long-term benefit of the home, instead of just offering one-off donations in cash and kind.was essentially to inculcate the values of benevolence, compassion, and generosity within the students. No matter how small it may seem, every single act of kindness towards a person or persons is one little step towards improving and demonstrating humanity.It was indeed a touching, rewarding and enjoyable visit for the group of students who learnt that we can definitely change the world for the better each day with simple kindness. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces and how their day was brightened by the fun activities and gifts was a priceless and fulfilling experience for the Surians. Indeed, such charitable visits to welfare homes epitomize the aim of Character Building, one the five ‘R.E.A.L Pillars of Life’ which is incorporated into the R.E.A.L Schools curriculum.