SAVING EARTH:Rainbow of Life Forces recently hosted the Green Ribbon campaign to educate less fortunate children on how to protect Mother Nature
TO increase environmental awareness among the young, Rainbow of Life Forces (ROLF) recently hosted The Green Ribbon campaign at MPSJ's multipurpose hall in SS15 here.
The campaign was in support of Earth Day, and aimed at inculcating environmental consciousness and encouraging the use of recycled items among children.
The campaign was also to observe Wesak Day tomorrow.
About 150 underprivileged children from House of Joy, Ti-Ratana Welfare Society and Pusat Jagaan Anbe Sivam were invited to take part in various educational activities.
Among them were a green workshop, first-aid training class by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, and a self-defence class.
The children, aged between 5 and 17, were treated to a free vegetarian lunch buffet and performances by Inti University students.
They were also given free haircuts.
ROLF is a corporate social responsibility project initiated by Creativision Group of Companies to fund educational and charitable projects for underprivileged children.
Creativision managing director and (ROLF) founder Adelyn Lim said the Green Ribbon campaign is a community initiative to promote green living through a practical approach.
"We strive to educate the children to care for the environment. We teach them how recycled items such as old newspapers and plastics make perfect materials for a wide variety of different crafts," said Lim.
The first-aid training, she said, was also included in the programme to help the children learn some basic medical aid.
"With this training, the youngsters will get a clearer picture of the minor medical emergencies and ways to treat them.
"As underprivileged minors are also often bullied, we have included a self-defence class to develop their interest in the martial arts, and equip them with basic defence skills.
"We hope our efforts will inspire the children to think green and adopt simple, eco-friendly habits such as going on vegetarian diets," added Lim.
In the green workshop, the children were introduced to recycling, reducing, repairing and "re-purposing" as a means to protect Nature. They were also shown how to create containers out of recycled paper.
The children then learnt how to bandage wounds, and do cardio pulmonary resuscitation.
Last but not least, the children took part in kungfu classes by Dr Fu Shih Shi.
Eleven-year-old Lee Zhong Wai from House of Joy said he enjoyed all the activities.
"Now I know that used materials such as paper, plastic and glass should not be wasted as they pollute the environment. They can be recycled and made into beautiful handicraft," he said.
Ooi Kah Yan, 9, also from the same orphanage, said: "Now I understand the importance of protecting Mother Nature as human beings depend on it. I also thoroughly enjoyed the kungfu classes."
S. Saramela, 12, from Pusat Jagaan Anbe Sivam, said she enjoyed the first-aid lessons most.
"I love to help people. The class taught me the importance of knowing first-aid, as it can help save lives," said Saramela.
Creativision also donated RM1,000 to the Malaysian Red Crescent as a token of appreciation and support to the organisation.