Everyone is getting into photography. From students to adults, everyone is hopping onto the trend of taking good photos, even creating Instagram pages dedicated to it.
Because of this, our Didik-Kasih EduCare Program recipient Rose Quek Pek Yin decided to spend a Saturday conducting a session for the children from Rumah Ozanam on how to take good photos, whereby the older children attended a photography workshop while the younger ones made photo frames.
Dubbed ‘Photographer for a Day’, the event was held on the 19th of January, sponsored by Great Vision Charity Association (GVCA) and supported by Canon Malaysia.
Volunteers spend the morning teaching children basic camera functions, photo angles, how to make photo frames and even stood as models for the kids to test their newly-acquired photography skills. At the end of the day, the kids even got to have their photo taken and printed on the spot!
Rose has always been interested in event management and wanted to organise one in the name of charity. “Doing my Diploma in Mass Communication helped me develop the skill of organising an event and dealing with collaborators. All the experience I learnt from organising events during my course like communicating with clients, venue recce and crisis management helped me plan this charity event well,” she said in a testimonial.
The Didik-Kasih EduCare Program, under GVCA, has had the honour of assisting Rose both in her studies and this event, having provided RM1500 as one-off assistance and a monthly study allowance of RM250 for her Diploma studies.
Her hard work definitely paid off, which could clearly be seen on the children’s bright faces. “I learnt a lot about cameras and how to be creative. I hope [they] come again; I really enjoyed my day with [them]!” said Tachneswarie, who was one of the children who participated in the event.
While Rose had mentioned that she had learnt a lot from organising the event, her volunteers were equally as enriched by the opportunity. “I really felt blessed being able to bring fun and joy to the kids and spending time with them. I look forward to more events like this,” said Crystal Beh, one of the event’s volunteers.
What was most moving about the event was that Rose had grown up in Rumah Ozanam, and was now giving back to the home through this activity.
GVCA representative Chor Mun Yan expressed her pride in Rose and mentioned that the programme is accepting new candidates for next year. “We wish to support and inspire more underprivileged teens with this study aid, and to restore their dignity by allowing them to organising charity activities that give back to society,” said Chor.