Saturday, 17 September 2022 marked the first involvement of the School of Media and Communication (SOMAC), Taylor’s University, in the World River Day. This event took place in Eco Park Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor where several activities were organized with the main objective of creating awareness on how important river is to mankind. Among the activities organized were tree planting programme, colouring competition, marathon, games and entertainment. The Student Council members of Institute of Public Relations Malaysia Student Association (IPRMSA) from the School of Media and Communication were the main coordinator in getting seventy student volunteers for the tree planting programme.
The tree planting programme was officiated with the presence of the Chief Minister of Selangor, YAB Dato’ Seri Amirudin bin Shari, where he too did his bit of tree planting, a symbolic to show how committed the State of Selangor is on preserving the nature and the environment. This programme was in collaboration with UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd and Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Selangor.
There were 700 bamboo trees to be planted where as many as 350 bamboo trees were planted by volunteers representing the Taylor’s University. Other volunteers during the tree planting programme were the Boy Scouts from Kuala Selangor Education District and Semai Bakti FELDA students. Apart from planting the trees, SOMAC Public Relations students were able to meet and make new friends with volunteers from different schools within Taylor’s University and with other students from outside of Taylor’s University.
The keyword for the day was teamwork and been exercised throughout the tree planting programme when Taylorian volunteers worked hand-in-hand with other volunteers who were Secondary school students. The volunteers also learnt how to listen and follow instructions from the key person of the tree planting committee. This was very important as with more than 100 volunteers participating in the programme, coordination and planning were essential for the given tasks on tree planting to be completed on time.