50 Curtin students get Red Crescent tips on running a NPO

Tan Lay Ten

Tan Lay Ten

MIRI: Fifty marketing students of the School of Business of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) learnt about operating a non-profit organisation (NPO) at a talk recently.

The students gained much insight from guest speaker Tan Lay Yen of the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC), Miri Chapter.

Tan is the honorary secretary of the MRC, Miri Chapter, with vast experiences in voluntary activities.

In his talk, Tan outlined the operational aspects of a NPO, which could be challenging due to limited funding and shortage of volunteers.

This was followed by an interactive session which introduced the students to the seven principles of project implementation applied by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), namely humanity, impartiality, neutrality, human independence, unity, universality and voluntary service.

In addition, Tan also shared information on the core activities of MRC, Miri Chapter, such as running the Miri Dialysis Centre for end-stage renal failure patients, providing care and training for children with special needs at the Sunflower Centre, operating a recycling centre as well as organising organ and blood donation drives.

Among those present at the talk were the head of the Marketing and Management Department of the school, Associate Professor Dr Alan G. Downe and marketing lecturer Dr Joseph Sia Kee Ming.

According to Dr Sia, the talk helped the students who are taking the Marketing Professional Practice to fulfil their comprehensive component, as well as in carrying out their individual and group assignments.

“The talk has enriched the students with new marketing knowledge, particularly on how to run a NPO,” said Dr Sia.

Meanwhile, Dr Downe commented that having an understanding of running and managing a NPO gives the students further insight into the dynamic development of the business environment.


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