Over 1,000 student-volunteers of the JOM BEKPES soup-kitchen campaign were treated by Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) to a convivial time here at the Dato’ Teo Hang Sam Auditorium at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie.
The students, who volunteered for IOJ’s JOM BEKPES morning-soup kitchen campaign to feed and eat breakfast with homeless people and underprivileged kids in Kuala Lumpur this year, were honoured with medals, presented by IOJ patron and Minister of Defence Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Onn, who graced the event with his electrifying presence.
Though every volunteer was presented with a medal, special keepsakes were awarded to one volunteer and a university representative for Best Volunteer and Best University, of which were given to Miss Hanis Farhana from UNISEL and UKM respectively.
During his address, Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin spoke of how proud he was to “see the spirit of altruism, giving, and togetherness flourish among our youth.”, later adding that he was looking forward to 2017 and the opportunity of rapid expansion it brings about.
Later, in a press conference following the event that drew 2,000 people all in all, when asked about the possible military escalation in the South China Sea, he gave a prompt answer before requesting that the media focus on the IOJ event instead.
Since February, each of IOJ’s JOM BEKPES, JOM SAHUR, JOM RAYA and JOM DIWALI sessions were hosted by 40 student-volunteers from 25 Malaysian private and public universities and student associations, with each session of aforementioned soup-kitchen campaigns feeding 800 or so homeless or underprivileged individuals.
The appreciation event was co-hosted by KDU University College, which announced their commitment to channel all KDU students undertaking the Corporate Social Responsibility subject towards charity programmes organised by IOJ in conjunction with KDU’s Youth Empowerment Plan that aims to produce well-grounded graduates.
IOJ’s upcoming Malaysians United Run 2017, which will be held in November last year, was announced at the event as a continuation of IOJ’s first charity run held back in 2015.
With 17,620 runners, the run was officially recognised as the Largest Participation of College Students in a Volunteerism Campaign Run and raised RM100,000 for five charity homes.– The Inscriber