SHAH ALAM, June 2 (Bernama) — Volunteerism is the best medium to build character among members of the Girld Guides Association of Malaysia (GGAM), besides having a positive impact on the people they assist.
Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah said this was proven when the Malaysian Girl Guides also went to the ground together with other volunteers to assist victims in the states badly affected by the floods late last year.
“The presence of the Girl Guides in the affected states to help the flood victims portrayed noble values and a high level of sensitivity which should be commended,” Her Majesty said in her speech before opening the GGAM’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2014/2015 which was attended by 200 delegates from throughout the country, here, Tuesday.
Also present were the prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is also the GGAM president, Raja Puan Muda Perak Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah as the deputy, GGAM chief commissioner Nurmala Baharuddin and Selangor GGAM chief Tengku Puan Indera Setia Selangor Tunku Irinah Tuanku Jaafar.
Tuanku Hajah Haminah, who is the royal patron of the association, hoped that the GGAM leaders could make full use of the AGM by sharing knowledge, best practice and success stories at the grassroots level.
Rosmah, in her speech, said GGAM managed to collect RM12.3 million in funds to provide direct assistance to the flood victims in Perak, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak through the Post-Flood Humanitarian Aid Mission.
She said as the number of flood victims was big, GGAM targeted schoolchildren, teachers and school staff, as well as families in the worst affected areas.
The aid given was in the form of stationery sets and books for the schoolchildren, pieces of fabric and T-shirts for the teachers and school staff, daily necessities for the badly affected families, and foodstuff for those victims in Sabah and Sarawak.
On another note, Rosmah said that to strengthen GGAM, the association targeted to increase its membership to 100,000 by 2017, in conjunction with its centenary.
“I am also proud that the Girl Guides have absorbed aspects of education for the 21st century such as the 6Cs, namely citizenship, character, commitment, creativity, communication and collaboration, in their programmes from the primary school level to the secondary school and adult level.”
At the event, the Raja Permaisuri Agong also presented the Asia Pacific Award to 37 GGAM leaders and Queen’s Guide Award to 50 rangers, while 16 individuals received the Girl Guide Award 2015 from Rosmah.