“Hands of Hope Charity Musical Night” was organized by Hands of Hope, a voluntary project initiated by U-Schos on 14th December 2014 to raise funds for the purchase of musical instruments for underprivileged children.
Throughout 2014, up to 80 volunteers were volunteering in Chin Student Organisation (CSO) Refugee Learning Centre, Rumah Chrestus, and Sri Eden Welfare Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, teaching the children math, science and English on a weekly basis. As Hands of Hope believe that learning come in different forms and ways, we decided to provide opportunities for these children to learn music, which can contribute to the growth and development of children in various ways.
The inspiration for the charity musical night came we realized that the children truly enjoyed music and were able to discover new talents in themselves through music, yet were limited by the lack of musical instruments for learning to take place.
Notably, Hands of Hope Charity Musical Night received an overwhelming response from the public; over RM10,000 was raised and we also received 50 ukuleles from L. Luthier and a complete drum set worth RM3,000 from an anonymous donor.
It was a night filled with beautiful voices of the children choir, jazz music by UCSI’s Institute of Music students and performers from Munky Jazz Project, as well as a special bamboo dance by the refugee children, bringing out a unique blend of traditional dance elements with modern jazz.
Nearing the end of the event, outstanding students from in Chin Student Organisation (CSO) Refugee Learning Centre, Rumah Chrestus, and Sri Eden Welfare Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur were awarded to encourage and acknowledge their dedication in their studies.
The highlight of the night was the finale – an inspirational song titled, “Hero of My Life” that was composed and written by Kim Lim and performed by Suzanne Ling, both the co-founders of Hands of Hope. This song illustrates how each child can be the hero of their own life and strive towards their dreams.
Hands of Hope is also honored to receive a word of encouragement from the UCSI Group founder and chairman Dato’ Peter Ng, who attended the event with his family. “I would like to take my hat off to the volunteers who really put their heart and soul into the project. We should all continue this tradition of sharing,” he said.
We would also like to exert our sincerest thanks to L. Luthier, Beyond Bread and Life Tree Cafe for being the sponsors of this event and making this night possible.