SUBANG JAYA, 6 MARCH 2015: Non-governmental organisation, Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ), with its 700 volunteers today paid tribute to the MH 370 tragedy, in conjunction with the first anniversary of its disappearance on March 8, 2014.

The event to commemorate the tragic loss 365 days ago was observed in the “#MH 370 Forever In Our Hearts” event organised by IOJ, in collaboration with Taylor’s Residences, under the purview of Taylor’s Hostel Management (THM). Most of the volunteers involved in remembering the day, forever immortalised in the memory of the people around the globe, are from Taylor’s University and Taylor’s College. Also participating were IOJ volunteers from Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Present at the event was the Chief Executive Officer of IOJ Charles Mohan and Taylor’s University was represented by the Vice Chancellor & President, Professor Datuk Dr Hassan Said.

The aim of this event is to commemorate a tragedy that has left a nation in mourning on March 8, 2014 when flight MH 370, a Boeing 777 with its 12 crew and 227 passengers, disappeared from the radar screen while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, about an hour after departing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at about 12.41 am.

On January 29 this year, the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation announced that the misfortune was an accident based on international aviation rules and all 239 of its passengers and crew perished.

As our hearts go out to all families and loved ones of the MH 370 victims, this event will be a significant platform to extend our sympathies, and prayers to the families of the victims of this tragedy. The thread which binds us together during the tough times following the tragic loss of flight MH 370 underscores the values held dearly by fellow Malaysians. These values shape the core of today’s function.

Today, some 700 participants consisting of IOJ volunteers, Taylor’s staff & students have gathered to remember the tragic day with the hope that the families will have the strength to bravely forge ahead in the days to come.

As a symbolic gesture to commemorate and honour the lives of 239 victims of flight MH 370, Datuk Aziz Kaprawi and Professor Datuk Dr Hassan Said, together with IOJ volunteers consisting mainly of Taylor’s students and staff, released 239 balloons. This is Taylor’s Residences’ third collaboration with IOJ besides providing assistance at the Melaka sub-centre designated for aid collection for East Coast flood victims on January 15, 2015 and the latest on February 22, a programme feeding the homeless around Kuala Lumpur.

The “#MH 370 Forever In Our Hearts” event is the biggest collaboration thus far, between IOJ and Taylor’s Residences. Students participating in IOJ community engagements through Taylor’s Residences’ Service Learning programmes are registered volunteers of this non-governmental organisation. Service Learning at Taylor’s Residences instils values among volunteers, in this particular instance, it starts with their appreciation of the frailty of life. This tragedy and the history behind it will give an opportunity for the recognition of life’s transience and all that it stands for.

About Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ)

Institut Onn Ja’afar IOJ is a non-governmental organisation in Malaysia on 7 September 2014. IOJ’s patron is Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein Onn. IOJ’s vision is to become the leading non-profit organisation in Malaysia. IOJ’s mission is to help the poor and vulnerable.

IOJ helps the poor and vulnerable in 5 ways:

• Medical check- ups and humanitarian relief
• Volunteers teach poor children for free
• Gather and distribute material aids during disaster
• Coordinate food aid and distribution
• On-ground mobilisation of volunteers

If you want to make a change in someone else’s life, and kick start your volunteer adventure, sign up with IOJ.

About Taylor’s Residences:

(Managed by Taylor’s Hostel Management)

THM is in the business of providing student accommodation for Taylor’s College and Taylor’s University. More than just a room provider, we are life’s other classroom to our residents, playing an integral part in their personal development. Pastoral care, the key differentiator at Taylor’s Residences’ encompasses support and opportunities for personal growth in the areas of academic support, service learning and student wellbeing.

Service Learning is THM’s initiative in supporting the Taylor’s Education Group’s quest of providing the best education steeped in Holistic Upbringing and Values. Through Service Learning, we create encounters and opportunities for our residents to acquire Life Skills which introduces relational values, critical thinking, civic and social responsibility in the context of community engagement. To learn more about Taylor’s Residences, head to http://csr.taylors.edu.my/Group/Taylors-Hostel-Management or http://uresidence.taylors.edu.my/

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