INTI Lends a Hand to Save the ‘Forest Man’
The lecturers and Foundation students of COLAL INTI International University Nilai, with Ms Phawani Vijayaratnam, Director for COLAL (standing, far right) and Ms Suan Tan, WWF-Malaysia Brand Activation Senior Manager (standing, far left)
WWF-Malaysia sincerely thanks the lecturers as well as the Foundation students of the Centre of Liberal Arts and Languages (COLAL), INTI International University Nilai, for undertaking the ‘Save Our ‘Man of the Forest’’ Employer Project, aimed at educating and empowering youths to build support and raise funds for WWF-Malaysia’s forest and orang-utan conservation efforts.
Led and powered by Project Managers Ms Phawani Vijayaratnam, Ms Hansini Thedchanamoorthy and Ms Azureen Abdul Aziz, the lecturers – comprising Ms Elizabeth Anne Pereira, Ms Lee Ling Sin, Mr Mohamad Faiz bin Mohamad Ali and Ms Phang Siew Sia – guided and motivated the students to undertake various activities from January to April 2017 in support of protecting the orang-utan, or ‘Man of the Forest’.
The students showed creativity by designing, producing and selling a T-shirt with the inspiring tagline, ‘A Hand for the Forest Man: Don’t hurt them, it is not cool’; cooking food for sale as well as organizing and promoting movie nights. The student also participated in ‘Language Enrichment Day’, which is the culmination of the Employer Relations Project. It was a day where students displayed their talents in an array of competitions based on the theme of conservation, including public speaking, viral video presentation, acapella singing, essay writing, spelling bee and fancy dress.
Please find the top five essays in the right column.
During the final presentation session on 4 April, student Pavithra Nair a/p Rajith, spokesperson of the class that raised the most funds, ENL1211 1A, and champion of the public speaking contest, thanked her lecturer Ms Hansini for being a pillar of strength and motivating them to work hard at fundraising for conservation. The class prepared nachos for sale, and adapted their product based on customer feedback.
Although the students had to overcome challenges such as running out of food to sell earlier than expected, managing different characters and resolving conflicts, they were happy to have participated in the meaningful project, and would like to support further WWF-Malaysia Employer Projects in the future.
Ms Phawani Vijayaratnam, Director for the Centre of Liberal Arts and Languages, said, “I hope that everyone was enriched by this experience, and were able to develop useful skills such as teamwork and communication. This will hold you in good stead when you embark on your degree programmes.”
She also congratulated the lecturers and students for over-delivering on the initial target of RM1,500, eventually raising about RM5,000 for WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts.
“I am very touched by the tremendous enthusiasm and efforts of the INTI lecturers and students, and heartened that they would like to support WWF-Malaysia again in future. Their contribution is very meaningful and valuable, as it is important for us all to conserve our forests. Besides providing habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans, forests also offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion, regulate the essential water cycles and mitigate climate change. We sincerely thank INTI for their truly ‘INcredible' support,” said Ms Suan Tan, WWF-Malaysia Brand Activation Senior Manager.