‘Volunteerism a good platform for training’

The World Red Crescent Day annual parade drew participation from 19
contingents from secondary and primary schools as well as Sunflower Centre and
Kidney Dialysis Centre.

The World Red Crescent Day annual parade drew participation from 19 contingents from secondary and primary schools as well as Sunflower Centre and Kidney Dialysis Centre.

MIRI: Changes in the community including social challenges, health and environment have forced the people to think and treat each other differently.

However, that should not be the reason to stop volunteering and helping each other.

In stating this, Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Miri Chapter chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam strongly believes that volunteering is the best training for youth and even adults to address the challenges of life especially during difficult times, and should be encouraged.

“With plenty of time in hand after retirement, I get to focus on and follow closely the different developments and also the improvement in the Link unit, Youth, Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), Sunflower Centre, Kidney Dialysis Centre and various other sub-committees of MRC Miri Chapter recently.

“MRC has been doing community work all these years and apart from just giving First Aid, through activities like the dialysis centre, blood donation and Sunflower Centre, we have also helped a lot of people. And looking back, each and every one of you can be quite sure that these people have been very grateful for the work MRC Miri Chapter and its volunteers have done.

“Therefore, all of you who have been part of MRC should know that your work here is highly appreciated and that you should be very happy that you have helped another individual or person in life,” Dr Chan said when sharing his thoughts on volunteerism.

In line with this year’s World Red Crescent Day theme ‘Together with Humanity’, Dr Chan urged volunteers and members of MRC Miri Chapter to continue their hard work and effort in serving the community selflessly.

Also present were organising chairman Liew Tho Lip, vice chairman Datin Juriah Abdullah and Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting as well as the organising committee members.

A total of 19 marching teams from the Youth Unit, Link Unit and special categories took part in the annual parade in conjunction with the celebration.

The youth units are SMK Chung Hua Miri, SMK St Joseph, SMK Merbau, SMK Pujut, SM Riam Road, SMK Lopeng Tengah, SMK Bakong, SMK St Columba; whilst link units comprise SJK Chung Hua Miri, SJK Chung Hua Pujut, SJK Chung Hua Krokop, SJK Chung San, SJK Chung Hua Lutong, SK Lutong, SK Jalan Bintang, SK Sayeh Othman and SK Senadin.

SMK Chung Hua Miri was the biggest winner at the annual parade after sweeping five awards; namely Overall Marching Champion, Best Uniform (Youth), Fancy Drill, Foot Drill (Youth) and Youth Unit Marching categories.

Best Foot Drill (Link Unit) went to SJK Chung Hua Krokop which also won the best Link Unit category. Best Uniform (Link Unit) went to SJK Chung Hua Pujut. SMK St Joseph and SMK Pujut bagged the second and third place respectively for Youth Unit Marching.

SJK Chung San and SK Jalan Bintang took second and third place respectively in the Link Unit Marching category.

Tan Fong Ling, Chong Oi Yieng, Mohd Hariz Resdi, Heng Siew Chern, Nur Amirah Cheng Abdullah, Tan Kee Meng, Peter Jau Ngau, Albert Edson Nopin, Lucy Wong, Ong Dai Chieh, Kiew

Suk Yun and Lai Lee Hui each received a certificate of commendation.

Meanwhile, Carmen Yiek Leh Xion, Law Soon Sheng, Chai Zong Cheng, Ngu SIaw Hui and Nurfitri Nadzirah Sarkawi each received a certificate of commendation (Youth).

Apart from the parade, the MRC carnival was followed with a food fair and stage performances to entertain the members of the public who turned up to support the event.

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