R.E.A.L Education Group raised a total of RM15,000 for the victims of the recent earthquakes that struck Nepal. In a space of just three weeks, two devastating earthquakes occurred near its capital of Kathmandu. Upon hearing news of the catastrophe, students and teachers of both R.E.A.L Schools and R.E.A.L Kids, both part of R.E.A.L Education Group, came together to collectively raise funds for the victims.
With some 1.7 million children requiring humanitarian assistance as a result of the catastrophe, UNICEF has been on the ground working to provide critical aid particularly to children and families. This spurred R.E.A.L Education Group to do their bit in contributing towards UNICEF’s noble and admirable efforts. In a simple but significant handover event on 26 June 2015, a mock cheque was presented to UNICEF Malaysia’s Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Ms. Choon Bow Bow, by President of R.E.A.L Education Group, Mr. Ee Ching Wah at UNICEF Malaysia’s office in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
“I was delighted at the collaborative spirit and initiative undertaken by the students and teachers in raising these funds for the earthquake victims. On behalf of the entire Group, I would like to commend every donor for their kindness and generosity,” said Mr. Ee. “The victims, especially children, need as much help as they can get and UNICEF is one of the most equipped and experienced to provide just that. We certainly appreciate all the great work that they do for children around the world and trust that these funds will be put to valuable use,” he added.
According to Ms. Stephanie Chieng, General Manager of R.E.A.L Schools’ Cahaya Campus in Johor Bahru, the school was ever willing to get involved in the fundraising efforts to help those affected. “During a time like this, every little bit helps. The Nepalese people can take much hope and encouragement knowing that they are not alone in this tragedy. With the world rallying to provide aid, this initiative was a perfect opportunity for our own students to chip in and do their part in helping the victims to rebuild their lives,” she said, in reference to the RM8,000 raised from the campus alone.
Meanwhile, R.E.A.L Kids’ Bandar Puteri Puchong centre followed in the same vein by offering their students the opportunity to contribute towards the noteworthy cause. “As young as these children may be, I believe that it is never too early to teach them the values of caring and helping those in need. I was particularly touched to see them eagerly donating money from their own pockets and money which they had been saving in their piggy banks for months,” said Centre Manager, Ms. Janet Lee.