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News : UniKL ‘s Back to School Programme brings cheers to Cancer Stricken Children


Prof. Madya Dr Jamel  handing the school supplies to one of the children in KK3, HKL.

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 December 2015 - Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian France Institute (UniKL MFI) brought cheers to the children diagnosed with cancer from Wad KK3 of Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) in their "Back to School" programme. The programme,  in collaboration with Kumpulan Kanak-kanak Kanser Ibubapa dan Sokongan (KIDS), a support group founded unofficially in 2012 by the parents of the cancer patients at wad KK3, HKL brought together the Management of UniKL MFI, staffs, parents and students in a fun filled yet emotional day.
The ‘Back to School' programme is part of the UniKL CARE initiative (Community Action & Relief Effort), formed to encourage community volunteerism among UniKL students and staffs. The ‘Back to School' programme this year saw UniKL donating school supplies in the form of school bags, stationaries and clothes to the children. The event was graced by Dean of UniKL MFI, YBhg. Prof. Madya Dr Jamel Othman and Puan Hamidah Tajuddin, representative of KIDS, HKL. 
In his opening address to those who attended the event, Prof. Madya Dr Jamel said, "The ‘Back to School' Programme is a symbol of hope for the children being treated in HKL. It indirectly motivates them and reaffirms their belief that things will be alright and they will be healthy again to return to school. This humbling experience is an eye opener for all of us and it just proves how grateful we should be to God for His blessings and our good health."


YBhg. Prof. Madya Dr Jamel Othman delivering his opening speech to parents and volunteers

Meanwhile, Puan Hamidah Hamdan in her welcoming address says, " I am truly grateful to all who are responsible in making this event a success. This programme is a manifestation that academic institutes does not exist as a centre of knowledge only, but has the capacity to play a bigger role in championing the struggles and hardships of the ‘rakyat'. This will definitely create a compassionate and loving generation who are highly intellectual with a noble personality." 


Volunteers and their family members who sacrificed their Sunday in support of the event in a photo session.

Besides the school supplies, volunteers consisting of staffs and students spent half day mingling and interacting with the children and parents, some even having a quick tuition and revision classes with the children. Prof. Madya Dr. Jamel expressed his hope that in future programmes, UniKL will not only be able to provide material and morale support, but also expertise in helping our fellow Malaysians and contributing to the nation as a whole.
 
Reported by:
Mohamed Zamir Anuar Bashah 
Corporate Communication Department

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