another busy week. yet, having a great experience all the way. huge portion of this week i spent in baling, kedah. i was the participant of Baling Relief Mission '09, organised by IMAM UK and Ireland.
22/07/2009 - off to Baling.
went to Baling by bus. Transnasional 9am from Hentian Duta. reached Baling around 2pm. programme started with an opening ceremony by the Ketua Kampung Charuk Bemban, followed by the distribution of anak angkat. I was selected to be the anak angkat of Encik Yahya's family.
23/07/2009 - motivational talk at SMK Jerai
part of the motivational team to SMK Jerai. had a great time meeting with SPM candidates, sharing some experiences with them. after the programme, i can see most of them are getting more focused for their upcoming SPM. well done Ikhwan Marion and the motivational team.
in the evening, we went to Lata Bayu. cant recall when was the last time i dipped into a river. then later in the evening, we went to the Sg. Legong Kolam Air Panas. refreshing! knocked out on the way home.
24/07/2009 - medical camp!
assigned to Booth C, Random Blood Sugar test. had a nervy start as i was unfamiliar to use the glucometer. thanks to a 5-minute crash course by Dr. Izwan, i managed to gather some confidence. eventually, i had fun pricking everyone's fingertips! enjoyed using the glucometer.
gotong-royong was held throughout the Kg. Charuk Bemban. then in the afternoon, a motivational talk by Brother Na'im for the children of the kampung. when touched about the topic 'mother', he managed to attract the crowd, and brought them into tears, including the facilitators!
then later in the afternoon, sukaneka was held for the kids, as a reward for lending their ears for the motivational talk. they were outrageously-hyperactive!
merewang. which means 'persediaan untuk kenduri'. this was the day i learnt how to get a batang pisang from a pokok pisang. all of us were helping the kampung folks preparing the meals for the kenduri. the strong bond amongst the villagers were interpreted here.
Ammar sorting out the batang pisang.
at the end of the kenduri, the closing ceremony of the BRM was taken place. distribution of goodies to the needful by the ketua kampung, the joy on the faces of the villagers reflects how struggling their lives are.
that marked the end of Baling Relief Mission '09. which for me was a job well done. thumbs up to the committee members, volunteers, officials, foster families, and everyone that made BRM '09 a success! hope to have this kind of programmes in years to come ;)