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Sunday 31 August 2014

Community: Best Buddies Friendship Walk Malaysia 2014

Happy National Day! As Malaysians, I have a question for you... Do you know someone with intellectual disability? I hope we treat them all equally. Please don't forget that they're as Malaysian as you are, as human as you are. 

Before you proceed, kindly watch the heart-breaking video above and think... Have you ever been a friend to someone in need? Someone with intellectual disabilities? The video really makes you think twice about how you can help...

I will tell you honestly that I have not known of anyone with mental disability, so I never had a chance to be a friend. I just hope I'm not one of those people who shun them in public.. But I do know, that I have donated to special childrens' homes before. This is the first time I'm hearing of a charity walk for the mentally disabled. The aim of the Friendship Walk is to change lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Unfortunately, the online registration is over but what you can do if you're interested to join is drop a message on their Facebook event page wall and the right person will contact you regarding the event :)

This is the first ever Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Malaysia! In the Best Buddies Friendship Walk Malaysia, the goal is to generate awareness and also to showcase the program to other schools, universities and corporations so that they too would adopt our program and help us spread the vision of a Malaysia that actively practices INCLUSION. This program will also help people with IDD find lifelong friendship.  It's not easy, but it's not impossible as well.

"Walk for inclusion. Walk for friendship. Walk for a better community."

Time: 4.30pm - 8.30pm
Date: 6th September 2014
Venue: Taman Tasik Permaisuri, Jalan Tasik Permaisuri 2, Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price : Only RM30 for this amazing experience! *
for UCSI students, RM40 for the public
Each participant will receive a limited edition Best Buddies T-shirt, wristband and a goodie bag.

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) international organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the latest and greatest life-changing movement created by the Best Buddies organization. Since 2009, tens of thousands of participants have walked in countries all over the globe, and raising millions of dollars for Best Buddies.

If you can walk for hours on end in a mall, imagine what you can achieve if you channelled that energy into walking for a good cause. Do join in the event if you're free and have nothing to do on a weekend. There's a special bonus 10 ECA points if you're a UCSI student XD Better yet, join the event because you truly want to help these people in need lead better lives. To you, they may be just a small part of your life, but to them, you might be the most important person ever. Don't ever discriminate because no one is born perfect. I'm sure you know how lost it feels to be without a friend... Even if you can't go, please try and donate. For RM40, who knows maybe we can shed a little light in their lives. :)

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