A group of students from the International School of Kuala Lumpur raised RM64,000 through a walkathon to benefit Tasputra Perkim and Shelter Home for Children.
The students from the school’s International Club organised the annual walkathon, which raises funds for different homes each year.
ISKL International Club president Anne Wilson, 17, said organising the event was an experience and journey she has learnt from.
“It’s a great experience to know that something I have done has a long term benefit for the community,” she said.
Fellow international club member Diana Hare said the planning of the event began in August 2014.
“We worked really hard on this project, which has made an impact on the organisations involved,” said the 17-year-old.
ISKL head of school Dr Norma Hudson said the walkathon was an opportunity for the school to reach out and help the underserved community.
“It was student run, student led and a student initiated project which I think speaks volumes about how these students care about others,” she said.
Almost 700 people took part in the 3km and 5km walkathon. The sum raised was divided equally between the two organisations during a cheque presentation ceremony held in the school last Tuesday.
Education Ministry director of private education Abd Halim Ismail praised the initiative carried out by the students.
Shelter Home for Children senior manager Joseph Gnanamuthu said the funds would be used to complete pending repairs at the home.
“We are planning to also use the funds for the children’s education and carry out repairs on the badminton court and girls’ bathrooms,” he said, adding that the Shelter Home for Children is a welfare organisation for children aged between four to 18 years.
Tasputra Perkim founder and chairman Elahe Norman said the sum would be used in the future.
Tasputra Perkim is a day care and therapy centre for special needs children, she added.