Over three decades since its establishment, R.E.A.L Education Group has grown by leaps and bounds in many areas. However, one aspect of the Group which has not changed over the years is its passion and mission to transform lives in every community, be it through R.E.A.L Education or dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. If anything, this has become a more focused effort.
The latest of R.E.A.L’s CSR efforts took place early this month just prior to Chinese New Year, when the head office staff of R.E.A.L Education Group paid a visit to several children’s homes in the Klang Valley. Dubbed as the ‘1-Day Off for Charity’ event, it was the first of its kind to be organized by the newly-formed R.E.A.L Staff Club. A total of 60 staff members participated, and were divided into three teams with each team spending a day at various children’s homes over the span of one week.
The main aim of this inaugural charity event was to simply make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate through non-monetary means. In celebrating this year’s Lunar New Year as well, the spirit of giving and generosity was certainly evident as the R.E.A.L staff came together in force to do their part, while performing their civic duty to serve society’s needy. Being an education service provider made this event even closer to R.E.A.L’s heart as it involved underprivileged children.
On 1st of February 2016, the first team visited the Lighthouse Welfare Children Home in the heart of Bangsar. The approaching festive period had spurred the staff to get down to some housekeeping work by cleaning and tidying the home. A cookie-baking session was up next to add some hands-on learning and a tasty experience for the children. This was followed by Art & Craft and storytelling for the younger kids, featuring the life cycle of a butterfly. A live pupa was also on hand for display, much to the children’s delight and amazement. At the other end of the activity area, Taboo and Mafia games were organized for the older Lighthouse children, who were also enlightened by Character First lessons and its values. The day ended with a lovely birthday celebration for one of the kids.
Two days later, the second team headed to Rumah K.I.D.S in USJ 1 to give the place a new ‘look’. Part of this new look were freshly-painted walls that breathed new life into the home’s resource room. The staff also spruced up the home’s lawn area by washing the floor and rearranging outdoor furniture. As part of the fun learning theme, the children were taught how to craft lion heads made out of paper plates, as well as creating musical instruments by using mere paper cups and toothpicks. The children’s creativity certainly shone through as they all did an amazing job.
The charity event culminated with the final group visiting the Assunta Children Society in Petaling Jaya on 5 February. The day kicked off with a cleaning session followed by Character First lessons on ‘Joyfulness’ and thrilling rounds of games. More activities ensued with the preschool children making ‘Ang Pow Monkeys’ and rattle drums, while the home’s secondary school kids honed their English grammar by identifying nouns, adjectives and verbs ‘the fun way’ through song lyrics.
In the end, all three teams left their respective homes with a renewed sense of community, care and compassion. Closer camaraderie was also forged amongst the R.E.A.L staff as a result of this endeavour. The homes were filled with generous gifts, goodies and groceries but the most profoundly positive outcome were the children themselves, who were left with fond memories of the event and smiles on their faces – a reminder that they will never be forgotten or neglected in society.