Writing for environmental change

MRC Miri members taking a group photo with the winners and participants of the short-story writing competition at the prize-giving ceremony on Sept 19.

MRC Miri chapter members taking a group photo with the winners and participants of the short-story writing competition at the prize-giving ceremony on Sept 19.

MIRI: The Health and Community Services Committee of the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Miri Chapter as part of its environmental awareness programme organised a short story writing competition involving secondary schools in Miri.

Participants were given three environmental themes to choose from: Living on Renewables, The Last Rainforest and Flash Floods in the City. Within the theme of their choice, they were asked to create a story with a meaningful environmental message.

Nora Guan from Riam Road Secondary School won the competition with her story ‘Hanging By a Branch’, followed by Daria Jeman Junsan from SMK Lopeng Tengah for her story ‘A New Hope’ and Eunice Siew Chia Kar Man from Riam Road Secondary School in third place for her story ‘The Last Man Standing’.

The winners received their prizes yesterday at 10 am in the Bunga Raya Room at MRC Miri. Belle’s Bookshop sponsored the prizes in vouchers worth RM1,000 in total.

“Belle’s Bookshop has been and continues to be a haven for bookworms in Miri. They have supported this initiative of MRC from the get-go,” MRC Miri said in a press statement yesterday.

MRC Miri hopes to continue running this competition year on year with the objective of involving more schools, creating awareness on the importance of our environment and encouraging more children to write stories.

“The idea behind this competition was to allow children to be creative and to express their understanding of our environment through story writing. It provided a great opportunity for the children to learn about and ideate around environmental issues, not only for the participants writing the stories but also for the readers.”

This year, six secondary schools in Miri participated: Riam Road Secondary School, SMK St. Joseph, SMK Taman Tunku, SMK Marudi, SMK Lopeng Tengah and SMK St. Columba.

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