UIU Students making their presence felt at Malay Mail last week – Picture by Azneal Ishak.
By: Lavinia Louis, Malay Mail, Wednesday 10th August, 2016
PETALING JAYA – Charity comes in various forms but when it is done in the spirit of unity, it will be more impactful, say first year students of Upper Iowa University (UIU) from HELP University.
Nine of them will be participating in the Run for National Unity on September 16 at Pading Merbok in Kula Lumpur, to spread the message of unity while also giving back to community.
Madelynne Lim Wei, 18 said the event would create an impact by fostering greater unity among Malaysians.
“Be it running individually or as a team, we are all different races coming together to show unity among Malaysians,” she said when she visited Malay Mail with other students.
Nicole Lim Sze Mun, 19, recalled that they had recently conducted a social experiment at various train stations to see what stops Malaysians from helping a person in need.
Lim, carrying a stack of papers, pretended to trip and fall just as train approached the platform to see if people would help her.
“To my surprise, ethnicity was not a problem because I had help from many people. Etched in my memory was two Malay boys who helped me pick up all the people. Etched in my memory was two Malay boys who helped me pick up all the papers so we could board the train together,” she said.
Ashwina Jaganathan, 18, said there were enough activities to foster unity but Malaysians must still learn how to work together.
“Teamwork is important. Without teamwork in the country, we get nowhere, being in the 21st century, there are no walls that divide us but the clashing views of people build the walls back up,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chee Chung Ho, 20, said the Run for Unity emphasized the importance of education.
“The key to success is education, it builds the future of the country,” he said.
Proceeds from the run will be channeled to a fund as scholarships for students.
UIU Malaysia operations assistant vice-president Kalai Ponniah said fostering unity starts in the classroom.
“We give them projects, group assignments and also activities to ensure they understand what teamwork and unity are all about,” he said.
Run for National Unity is organized by HELP University and Malay Mail is its media partner.
Interested participants can register via walk in at the Federal Territory Kula Lumpur Athletic Association office at the second floor of the Olympic Council of Malaysia in Jalan Hang Jebat.
Registration can also be done at the Department of Students Affairs, HELP University at Jalan Semantan 1, Bukit Damansara.