SHAH ALAM: Hundreds of Greenview Islamic School (GIS) students raised RM22,900 cash and in kind to be channeled to non-governmental organisation, Islamic Relief Malaysia (IRM) to help the Rohingya community.
The cash and items of sorts, such as stationery and clothing, were collected in just two weeks by students who had convinced their parents to contribute, said GIS vice-principal Dr Sayyid Hussain.
"The response from the students and parents were overwhelming. They were very supportive and happy to play their part in helping the Rohingya community.
"This is part of GIS' humanitarian work for the needy, regardless of race and religion. We have done a lot in the past and this time, we have chosen to assist IRM and we hope to do more for them in the future," said Sayyid today.
Sayyid was met after handing over a mock-up cheque to IRM chief executive officer Zairulshahfuddin Zainal Abidin at Management and Science University in Section 13, here.
Sayyid said GIS does not want to stop at monetary assistance and wants to look forward to providing education services and expertise to IRM, which has a centre called Rohingya Intelligence Skill and Excellence in Taman Kajang Utama in Kajang.
The centre, established in Jan this year, currently houses 30 Rohingya children, aged between six and 16.
"We want to assist in terms of furnishing them our education system, the syllabus and curriculum as well as stationery. We want to also train the teachers who are teaching the Rohingya students.
"We recently won our first BrandLaureate award and was named the Best in International Islamic Education. We can extend our assistance to the centre and aid the Rohingya children with the best education," added Sayyid.
Meanwhile, Zairulshahfuddin expressed gratitude to GIS, adding that the funds will be fully channeled to the centre.
He said IRM welcomed the idea of collaborating with GIS in the future.
GIS' offer, he added, was in line with IRM's humanitarian sector of education to empower and build the future generation.
"We see this cooperation as strategic, important and timely. We can definitely leverage on the strength and the expertise the school possess. We are based in the United Kingdom and helping some 47 countries worldwide.
"Our beneficiaries do not only need financial assistance, but also skills and education." he said.