Azam thanks young volunteers for hard work
By Jude Toyat
ANGKATAN ZAMAN MANSANG (Azam) Sarawak held an ‘Appreciation Ceremony and Majlis Berbuka Puasa 2015 for Azam Youth Volunteers’ to recognise the contributions of youth volunteers from Azam Young Souls throughout the year.
“One such recent activity was the Asean International Film Festival and Awards (Aiffa) 2015 that was held on April 9 to 11 in Kuching that was organised by the Ministry of Tourism Sarawak,” said Azam Sarawak honorary secretary and Azam Youth Development Committee chairman Ariff Irwani Azahari.
About 100 youths comprising both Azam Young Souls and other youths who registered for the programme through Azam Youth Central volunteered at the international event attended by at least 300 delegates from Asean countries comprising actors, film producers, directors, location hunters, scriptwriters, film journalists, and other media practititioners.
“We are proud to share that all the leaders for the various specific tasks assigned to the volunteer groups were Azam Young Souls, who helped to coordinate our volunteers at various locations involved.
“These include at the airports, hotels, Sarawak Tourism Complex, Sarawak Cultural Village and the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) where the volunteers helped to coordinate and liaise with celebrities and other guests of the event,” he explained.
This was not the first time that Azam helped to provide volunteers for the AIFFA event, having sent some to Aiffa 2013.
“We are grateful that the Aiffa organisers continue to invite Azam to play some roles in the event. Overall we have received positive feedback from the organisers on the performance of our volunteers and hopefully we will also be given the chance to get involved with the next Aiffa,” he added.
Apart from Aiffa, other volunteering activities include a flash mob event on May 17 at the Sarawak Museum, Textile Museum and the Chinese Museum.
“It was organised by Azam in collaboration with the Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) to enhance awareness and interest in various museums. It was also held in conjunction with the International Museum Day celebrated on May 18 every year,” he explained.
The Azam Young Souls had also initiated a series of beach clean-up activities known as ‘Anak Pantai’ at Damai Central on May 2 as a way to help keep the tourist attraction clean, safe and appealing to visitors. They will be organising more beach-cleaning in future.
“Although not on a massive scale, their efforts have definitely made significant impact not only in inspiring others but in contributing to the state’s development efforts such as in tourism and social development.
“We believe that their seemingly little efforts would eventually go a long way in helping to make Sarawak a progressive state and which is in line with Azam’s core mission,” he added.
The volunteers were also presented with special certificates from the organiser of Aiffa 2015 to express their appreciation at the event.
Also attending the ceremony were Azam general manager Rosalind Yang Misieng, Azam Youth Development Committee deputy chairman Patrick Law, and Candida Jau from Unimas who is also one of the judges for the Aiffa 2015 short film competition organised by Azam in March.