Friday, 12 September 2014

Toastmasters’ ‘Get a life, live the dream’ camp a big success

Abdul Karim (seated centre with raised fist) in a group photo with the participants and organising members after the closing ceremony.
KUCHING: Youth Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was delighted with an overwhelming response for a recent Third Youth Leadership & Communication Development Camp 2014 at Kem Belia Pueh in Sematan,

He said the overwhelming response had encouraged him to promise to increase the grant for the next camp.

Karim, who was the camp patron, made the promise when officiating the camp.

He said he was also pleased to hear that the participants are requesting for more such camps to be held.

Throughout the three-day-two-night camp, educational and developmental programmes including public speaking, impromptu speech, judging and speech coaching workshops were conducted to equip participants with the basics and dynamics of public speaking.

Despite the intense programme, knowledge and skills were still imparted in a humorous, fun and entertaining manner by principal facilitator Mike Lim, aided by a team of seasoned Toastmasters and volunteers from local and abroad, thus making the learning process not only more enjoyable but more effective as a whole.

Apart from educational programmes, participants utilised the power of teamwork in the obstacle course and ‘night walk’ jungle trekking while ‘Oscar Night’ provided a platform for the young participants to showcase their many talents.

In the ‘Prepared Speech Contest’, Keith Bryan Ling Song Sheng from SMK Sungai Maong emerged as the champion with his winning speech entitled ‘My Life Changing Experience’ while Torrance Chen Yun Chien from SM Lodge ranked second followed by third placed winner Nor Atikah bt Abdul Rahman from Kolej DPAH Abdillah.

In the ‘Impromptu Speech Contest’, Eugenius Then Ji Xuan from SMK Sungai Maong outshone the others to emerge as the champion while Esther Chai Wuen and Edrea Lee Yian Huay from St Theresa clinched the second and third places respectively.

Jointly organised by Kuching Toastmasters Club and STIDC Toastmasters Club under the leadership of organising chairman Stanley Ngu and co-chairman Salbiah Majidi for the third consecutive year, it marked another eventful year in the history of the clubs impacting the lives of some 150 students in the state to echo the theme ‘Get a life, live the dream’.

In his closing address, Ngu paid tribute to all who helped in one way or another behind the scene in making the camp successful. He expressed his hope that the circle of friendship and solidarity in lighting up the lives of these future leaders may not only be unbroken but enhanced, to reach out to more.

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