Mother Teresa once said, “Love cannot remain by itself- it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.”
On 29 July 2017, the staff and Parents Support Group (PSG) of R.E.A.L Kids SS19 organized a visit to Ephrata Home in Rawang. This community outreach event was aimed at spreading the spirit of goodwill and compassion amongst the 107 children and adults who were present that day.
Upon arrival that morning, the R.E.A.L Kids SS19 team consisting of parents, teachers and volunteers proceeded to unload all provisions that were generously donated by various parties. The muscular daddies offered to unload all the heavy stuff while the leaner mommies and children happily ferried all the smaller items into the Home. Through collaboration and teamwork, everything was handled swiftly and efficiently. Many hands make light work, but this was not a day to just donate items and leave.
There was a whole agenda which kicked off with games, dances, music and songs. Despite an electricity outage on a hot and humid day, the warmth and friendliness of the children and caretakers of the Home made everyone feel at ease. In the true spirit of giving, the visitors tried their best to put a smile on the little ones’ faces in order to make them forget about the heat and discomfort for a moment.
Surprisingly, the electricity came back when the group sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to four of the Home’s boys towards the end of the day. A pleasant birthday surprise indeed! The highlight of the day came when all the daddies were ‘dressed up’ by the children. With a touch of creativity and sense of humour from the cheeky masterminds, the hilarious makeover left everyone in stitches.
As the event drew to a close, the SS19 team presented a cheque donation to Wasanthy, the person-in-charge of Ephrata Home. The team managed to raise a total of RM3,700.00. This was on top of a generous amount of groceries sponsored by the R.E.A.L Kids parents. All in all, it was a fun and fruitful day for the team as they went home feeling satisfied in the knowledge that their simple act of kindness may have a profound impact on the lives of the less fortunate. Kudos to all who made this a success!
“On this day, I witnessed pure joy reflected through the eyes of the little ones. I also witnessed compassion and an outpouring of love by our very own parents who invested much time and energy to be with these precious children,” said Ms. Chris Wong, Principal of R.E.A.L Kids SS19.