25 rugby players of Team Malaysia U19 gives back to society

by yradmin |

KUALA KUBU BHARU, 8 December – Prior to the start of the Top Division of the Asia Rugby U19 Championship 2016, the 25 players of Team Malaysia initiated a gotong-royong session at Taman Sinar Harapan in Kuala Kubu Bharu recently. They were joined by Deputy Minister of Education I, YB Dato’ P. Kamalanathan, bringing cheer to the residents of the home.

The community service programme is part of the 1Malaysia COBRA Youth Rugby Programme, a collaboration between Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) and COBRA Rugby Club.

The principal of the home, Pn Norsyahrulseri binti Mansor said that this is a festive month with Christmas and New Year around the corner, and the corp of spirited young rugby players have eased the caretakers’ burden by doing spring cleaning and sprucing up the home to enhance the festive mood.

“We are grateful for this programme. We have over 200 residents in the home. As most of them have lost their connection with their families, we appreciate any external visitation of this kind,” she added.

Deputy Minister of Education I, YB Dato’ P. Kamalanathan said that he is very happy to see youths volunteering and participating in community service activities.

“This is a noble deed and it is also one of the values of developing a holistic individual as contained in our Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025. We encourage students to explore out of the classroom programmes that will enhance their learning and experience,” he said.

Kamalanathan was also impressed with the commitment of the 1Malaysia COBRA Youth Rugby Programme in coming forward to help those in need.  He called upon more youth teams to emulate such good values as showcased by the rugby boys.

“Sports is an excellent platform to nurture unity in a country like Malaysia. And today, I applaud the rugby team who have taken the initiative to look beyond sports to spend time and help those in need,” he added.

YR1M Chief Executive Officer, Ung Su Ling said this programme is all about encouraging youth to do more ground-up initiatives and pursue good causes.

“We want to encourage and provide the opportunity to the boys in Malaysia’s U19 rugby team to give back to society, raise their sense of appreciation and responsibility, boost their self-esteem and personal development.

“Sports, one of YR1M’s focus areas, not only fosters unity amongst Malaysians, but also serves as a feasible path towards a better life through this meaningful volunteer experience. We hope that they will be aware of their own ability to drive social change because each of them can help to build a better society and make tomorrow better than today,” she concluded.

Malaysia will compete with Asian powerhouses Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei on 11, 14 and 17 December at Universiti Putra  Malaysia, Serdang in the Top Division of the Asia Rugby U19 Championship 2016.