By Rukhsar-E-Rashim Mohammed Yusufirashim
The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) organised a dinner to celebrate children with cerebral palsy and autism. The Grateful & Giving Gala Dinner was organised to raise funds for the execution of the Grateful & Giving programme in the future.
Dr Wan Norhamidah Wan Ibrahim, the Grateful & Giving programme advisor said that the programme was part of the Kids with Cerebral Palsy Learning Therapy Project: Your Expression and received funds from UPM under the UPM-KTGS JINM grant.
“The programme was well-received by the organiser as well as the families of the special children. We hope that the programme will be continued in times to come with more interesting activities such as music and sports,” she said.
Dr. Wan Norhamidah also asserted that the support of various parties is important to ensure that students are able to continue assisting this special group.
“The programme has made a huge impact on every party involved especially UPM students. It has succeeded in enhancing their soft skills and volunteerism spirit. As for the special kids, the programme has helped them to become more confident and less inferior,” claimed Dr. Wan Norhamidah.
The programme themed Celebrating Past, Present and Future was officiated by Prof. Dr. Mohd Basyaruddin Abdul Rahman, Dean of Faculty of Science. It was organised by the students from the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science UPM to fulfill the outside of the classroom learning component.
Students from the Faculty of Design and Architecture, Faculty of Computer Science and Information, Malaysian Advocates for Cerebral Palsy (MyCP), Alliance of Children with Cerebral Palsy (GAPS), Mamalinda Bakers and UPM Alumni Society (PAUPM) gave their full cooperation for the programme.
Meanwhile, the Grateful & Giving Gala Night Dinner was held as a gesture of appreciation to sponsors, the special children and their families.
The event was a continuation of the Grateful & Giving 2017 and Grateful & Giving 2018: Besut Chapter series, specifically meant for special children with cerebral palsy and autism.
Modules and implementation of activities such as science and mathematics, art and design, multimedia and bakery were also carried out during the programme.
The Grateful & Giving programme will be expanded to target autistic children in future. -UPM
Date of Input: 04/12/2018 | Updated: 04/12/2018 | hairul_nizam
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