Sweet act of conservation
KUCHING: A group of students from Tunku Putra School helped to raise funds for rainforest conservation work in Sarawak as part of their school project through the selling of brownies, cupcakes, cakes, cookies and lollipops.
The students comprised Samantha Lim, Rebecca Topping, Vannessa Chao, Joanna Bong, Marzarith Sofea Mohd Zairi.
Their sweet act of conservation managed to raise RM1,013 during the school’s 15-minute break and 30-minute lunch break over a few weeks recently.
The fundraiser was to raise funds to be donated to an organisation that has rainforest conservation projects. It was also hoped that the fundraising would create awareness of the need to conserve the rainforest and that everyone can help in their own little ways.
Hence, WWF-Malaysia was chosen because the projects run by WWF in Sarawak focuses on conservation locally here in Sarawak.
The main purpose of this project is for the students to be involved in a group project for one of the subjects they are taking at school. The subject is Global Perspectives and students are required to research and analyze global issues from a personal, local and global perspective.
For their group project, they need to decide on a topic from a choice of 20 topics given. Based on their choice, they can decide how they can organise and campaign for their focus topic.
The group decided to look into rainforest conservation under the topic of biodiversity. They wanted to ensure that people would be aware of the need for conservation and therefore, decided to attract others to their cause by luring them in using a food sale.
During the sale, they had posters up urging people to save the rainforest and to reduce, reuse and recycle. They also made sure they used recycled paper and other materials.
They took photos and filmed interviews with the students and teachers who came by.
To complete their project, the students visited WWF-Malaysia’s Sarawak Office at Bangunan Binamas, Padungan Road in Kuching last month to interview some conservation officers and hand over the money they raised to WWF-Malaysia.