The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others -Mahatma Gandhi
Verily, the quote above is one of numerous inspirational sentences uttered by countless esteemed individuals emphasising the importance of charity in our life.
As students at the University Of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, we have the opportunity nay the privilege of having an active society formed exclusively for this amazing endeavour. ACE Society has, over the years, not only proven itself up to the task of providing charitable opportunities to students and staff at the University but has also on various occasions surpassed even its own expectations and aspirations.
This year the society aims to add Packathon 2014 to an illustrious list of events that includes Jom Botak: Go Bald for Cancer and Nottingham Charity Run. Packathon 2014, run together by the organisation Stop Hunger Now, intends to pack 10,000 meals for victims of the typhoon “Haiyan” and “Glenda”. Volunteers for this event will pack meals which will subsequently be transported to the beneficiary International Care Ministries in the Philippines, who will then disseminate these meals to the victims. However, before the meals can be packed, funds need to be raised to purchase the food ingredients first. An amount of RM10,000 is required to purchase the meals for packing. Therefore, ACE Society has been hosting fundraising events throughout the semester. Bake sales were organised and vendors such as Made With Love, Little Fat Duck, Tonga Licious and Big Hug Burger brought their presence onto campus to help with the fundraising.
The biggest event in order to raise funds for Packathon 2014 was Pack-A-Nom. Held on the 5th of November, this was a charity concert & buffet dinner, intended to not only raise money for the typhoon victims but also allow students to take a break with good food and brilliant renditions of their favourite music anthems.
The performances varied from soulful jazz to head banging rock of yesteryear to the downright encore inducing. Musical acts famous and popular throughout campus were in attendance and none failed to impress.
First up were Priscilla Pillai and Damien performing a stirring rendition of Amy Winehouse’s Valerie. Local band Sierra then rocked the house with their take on Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses followed by a taste of local rock with Ungu’s Tercipta Untukku finally capped off with Muse’s Time is Running Out. Assel then took the proverbial stage with her performance of Snap Out Of It by The Arctic Monkeys followed by a cover of Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.
Evonne and Leon then entertained the crowd with her take on All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor, followed by a “female friendly” version of Rude by Magic! and then capping her performance with a rendition of L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole.
Next up was Maisarah backed on ukulele by Reza with her rendition of Riptide by Vance Joy and Kantoi by Zee Avi. Naza and Sheng continued with their cover of Hurt by Christina Aguilera, duly followed by Salar with his mashup of Rude/Ni bu zhidao Magic! /LeeHom and Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson. Shafiq then had the crowd crooning along with his cover of Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s and Kiss You by Ed Sheeran. The charity concert concluded with the event’s host Fabiolla indulging the crowd with her performance of Stay With Me by Sam Smith.
The event in a nutshell was a success but ACE Society cannot rest on its laurels. It still requires donations to complete its pre-set target. Unarguably we all want to help the suffering typhoon victims in the Philippines. To do this all of us have to pull our weight and join ACE Society in this charitable cause to help those in need.
Those interested in helping can do so by donating money or sealed bags of rice to the ACE booth present at the SA circle. All proceeds will go to fundraising for the meals. Every ringgit donated feeds one more person. Any and all amounts donated will be greatly appreciated, not only by ACE but more importantly, by the victims of the natural disaster.
For more information about UNMC Packathon, follow the event under ACE’s Facebook page here.