By: Syafiq Hariz bin Mohd Hanafiah and Nurul Athira Mohd Affandi
SERDANG - In a show of solidarity with the government’s effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has taken the initiative to provide storage space and packing of the assistance kits to frontliners and COVID-19 patients.
The kit packing activity was held from February 26 to March 1, 2021, at the Alumni Relations Centre, TNCPI UPM Building, involving 100 volunteers consist of students in the residential colleges, UPM staff, members of Sahabat Masjid UPM, UPM Chapter Alumni Yosh volunteers, YOSH MyFundAction volunteers and representatives from the Department of Social Welfare.
UPM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni), Prof. Dr Arifin Abdu, said the initiative of UPM Alumni Relations Centre (ARCUPM) and MyFundAction was in line with the effort to produce holistic graduates based on volunteerism which is a key element in cultivating a sense of responsibility among students in dealing with a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director of the Alumni Relations Centre (ARCUPM), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arba’ie Sujud, expressed his gratitude to the volunteers and alumni who participated in the programme.
"Alumni act as an agent of the external agencies such as NGOs to UPM for collaborative activities, as exemplified by UPM Chapter Alumni Yosh, as well as the expectation of outsiders to UPM as a platform for young people to mobilise their energy collectively, and not just relying on the government taking on this responsibility," he said.
The assistance provided was in the form of distribution of 1,600 food packs and sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the frontliners and the distribution of 5,500 food packs and personal hygiene kits to patients amounting to RM660,210.
Student representative, Year 4 student of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Fatin Aisyah, who joined as a volunteer in the UPM Prihatin Programme: Kit 3K (Keselamatan, Kesihatan, dan Keriangan) said that even though it was in the middle of the final exam week, she wanted to help patients and frontliners who are desperately in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) and personal care sets. - UPM
Date of Input: 23/03/2021 | Updated: 23/03/2021 | hairul_nizam
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