2nd November 2015
There is a saying that goes, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Children are our nation’s most precious and priceless treasures. We believe in the importance of educating and involving them in preserving, protecting, and maintaining one of our nation’s finest resources – our beautiful highlands.
Hence on the 2nd of November, several REACH volunteers brought 17 students and 3 teachers from SK Kampung Raja ( Kampung Raja National Primary School) up to REACH’s Biodiversity Centre located midway at Gunung Brinchang at an elevation of 1800 meters above sea level. The steep road up to the centre was challenging but nonetheless satisfying when we finally reached our destination. This climb is not for the faint of heart!
Once we were at the site, we were greeted by clear blue skies, fresh, clean air and a breathtaking view of our home town. Our guide Mr Satya Murthy, started explaining to the students about the many ailments that Cameron Highlands has been experiencing for quite a number of years.
3rd November 2015
On the 3rd of November, the Environmental Department (JAS) of Cameron Highlands conducted an environmental awareness camp KeKAS for 35 Form 3 students who have just completed their PT3 examinations. The schools that participated included SMK Sultan Ahmad Shah, SMK Ringlet and SMK Kg Raja.
REACH volunteers, Melody and Shen-Ly were invited to share with the students regarding various REACH activities.
Shen-Ly began by having an open discussion with the students about Cameron Highlands Smoke Free Zone (CHBAR) and proceeded to share more in depth about smoking, secondhand smoke and the dangers that it entails, as well as ways to curb smoking.
Soon after, Melody engaged the students in a talk regarding REACH’s purpose in the community, recycling activities, Community Stream Investigation (CSI), reforestation activities at REACH’s Biodiversity Centre and many more.
We had a good time and we are thankful for the opportunity to expose the students to REACH and all the environmental-friendly activities that we carry out all year round.
written by Lai Shen-Ly
3rd November 2015
Today, smoking is regarded as our nation’s most insidious killer and it is a truth universally acknowledged by smokers and non-smokers alike. However, simply ‘acknowledging’ is not enough as the majority of us often turn a blind eye towards the effects it can so malignantly bring upon. This Is especially true when such a great deal of us are unaware of how dangerous smoking is to our health, whom it affects, at which point is its exposure most severe and what we should do to stop it.
Which is why on the 3rd of November, CHBAR conducted a health campaign for the locals of Tanah Rata at the SK Convent Hall as a means of reducing smoking amongst the people of Tanah Rata. This event was aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and the exposure of secondhand smoke. It was also intended to remind the people that it harms the environment as well. In retrospect, our solicitous approach during the walkabout had truly paid off when an unexpected number of people (about 50) had turned up for the event.
27th October 2015
Do you know that there are approximately 4500 different kinds of TOXIC chemicals found in ONE cigarette alone? Or that 1 cigarette butt takes at least 25 YEARS to decompose?
These two alarming facts and so much more are some of the many reasons why the citizens of Cameron Highlands and people in general should be more aware regarding the dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
On the 27th of October at 8:00PM, CHBAR carried out a health campaign for the locals of Brinchang at the Hainan Association Hall for this specific reason. We care about the people and our hometown too much to ignore the fact that smoking kills at least 10,000 Malaysians yearly, and exposes our fresh, clean highland air to hazardous contaminants.
8th November 2015
An English-based environmental awareness programme was conducted by REACH on the 5th of November at SK Ringlet. The event was carried out by REACH committee members, Datin Aseema and Puan Mazlira. It was aimed at students between the ages of 10 to 12 with the intention of inculcating the love for mother nature in them .
The event mainly revolved around Datin Aseema and Puan Mazlira interacting with the students about the environment and everything in relevance, such as its importance, the causes, effects and ways to prevent pollution and others.
10th November 2015
CHBAR (Cameron Highlands Smoke Free Zone) under REACH organized three health campaigns for the people of Cameron Highlands to create awareness regarding the dangers of smoking and to encourage them to practice an ‘anti-smoking’ culture.
The first health campaign was held on the 27th of October 2015 at the Hainan Association hall in Brinchang, and the second on the 3rd of November 2015 at SK Convent main hall in Tanah Rata.
The third health campaign will be carried out in Tringkap on the 15th of December 2015.
A few REACH volunteers did several walkabouts in both Brinchang and Tanah Rata in the months of October and November. The walkabouts in these towns serve as a platform to inform and invite the locals to join these health campaigns.