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UCSI helps cancer patients through recycling

April 2, 2019 | Campus News

Group photo of the participants, guests and contributors at the ‘Reuse, Reduce, Recycle’ Day.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2, 2019 – UCSI University recently raised RM1,276 from collecting over 1,500kg of recyclable items to support the expenses of cancer patients in the country.

The fund was handed over to National Cancer Society Malaysia by the University’s Faculty of Business and Information Science (FoBIS).

(left to right) FoBIS lecturer Salini Devi Rajendran, Logistics department head Assistant Professor Siti Norida Wahab, Saiful Metal Sdn Bhd director Dato’ Muhammad Saiful Mohammad Ali Rengan, Brandon Wong (Ecocytion Recycling Centre), FoBIS lecturer Sharmila Laksmi Muniandy and NCSM Strategic Planning director Sharon Lee.

Aside from easing the burden on cancer patients, the ‘Reuse, Reduce, Recycle’ initiative was also meant to educate and create awareness on the importance of managing materials.

“This initiative is part of the students’ assignment which consists of 40% of their coursework. We want to create awareness in properly managing waste and one way to do that is to collect recyclable items and exchange it for cash rather than pollute the environment,” said lecturer Salini Devi Rajendran from the Department of Logistics.

Sharon Lee from National Cancer Society Malaysia applauded UCSI’s efforts and its contribution to the community.

“We help cancer patients to have a good life and we help house those undergoing treatment. We want to engage young people and create awareness. People should not be afraid of those with cancer. The students’ commitment is indeed encouraging,” she said.

Loading of the recyclable goods.

From UCSI, 40 students participated in the event that was in line with the University’s effort towards promoting United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The event was in accordance with SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.

“I think this event is really beneficial. Everyone should take up recycling to save natural resources. The event is also related to what I am learning in logistics especially in terms of transportation,” said 27-year-old Naven Subra, who is a Supply Chain Operations Management degree final year student.

The main contributor of the event was Saiful Metal Sdn Bhd director, Dato’ Muhammad Saiful Mohammad Ali Rengan who donated 355kg of aluminium cans.

UCSI students collecting e-waste.

Others who volunteered and supported the event included Impact Academy, eGarage Auto Services, Perniagaan Sre, KSK Plastics Recycling & Trading, Restoran Shi Wei, Mail Boxes Etc, City write, Subway, Kebab G, Starbucks, Diyar, Kasir Food, Chapatti, Texas chicken and Upper Board Room Café.

UCSI, the nation’s best private university, has continuously supported the promotion of SDGs by organising various activities and programmes for diverse communities.

In Sarawak, UCSI’s campus has been acknowledged as Regional Centre of Expertise by United Nations University for championing sustainability for a shared future that is equitable, prosperous and inspiring.

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