In a remarkable demonstration of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), students from INTI International College Penang’s HYPE+ recently organised the “D’Home Charity Sales” fundraising event in partnership with D’Home Mental Health Association and INTI International College Penang. The event, which took place on 27 and 28 October, exceeded expectations by raising over RM4,000 and impacting the students’ social development.
CSR is vital in enhancing students’ social skills, offering them a practical platform to apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. Active involvement in initiatives like the “D’Home Charity Sales” empowers students to contribute meaningfully to social causes while nurturing a deep sense of empathy and community service.
Foo Chuan Hao, the President of HYPE+, pursuing a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire at INTI International College Penang, explained why they chose to partner with D’Home. The decision was based on shared objectives focused on community well-being.
(First from the left) Foo Chuan Hao, the President of HYPE+, poses with his team members and clients at D’Home Mental Health Association.
“D’Home was selected as our collaboration partner because our goals align to impact the community positively. Since the event’s primary aim was to raise funds for the D’Home Mental Health Association, we believe that our collective efforts in organising this event will enhance the services provided by D’Home to individuals facing mental health issues,” he elaborated.
The funds, totalling over RM4,000, were raised through the “D’Home Charity Sales” program organised by HYPE+. This successful fundraising initiative involved the sale of kitchen utensils, books, stationery, household items, plants, and toys, highlighting the dedication and collaborative spirit of INTI students, which positively impacted their personal growth and the development of their community.
A homemade Kokadama plant crafted by D’Home clients was available for sale at the booths.
Meanwhile, Gillian Leong How Keng, a D’Home Mental Health Association Service Centre representative, expressed genuine joy and gratitude for their support and contribution.
The booths sold the donated stuffed animals and plush toys.
“We are delighted that the program was an exceptionally positive experience. Their enthusiasm, hard work, and commitment to the cause mean a lot to the association,” she said, anticipating future collaborations with INTI.
Damian Lee, Director of Student Services at INTI International College Penang, emphasised the institution’s commitment to nurturing academic excellence and a profound sense of social responsibility.
The two-day event raised RM4,000 to fund handicraft and art workshops, helping clients improve their quality of life.
“This initiative is viewed as a meaningful contribution, not just in terms of fundraising but also in establishing a collaborative and supportive relationship with the community. The association values the impact of such initiatives on both the individuals involved and the broader community, fostering a sense of social responsibility and creating a positive influence that extends beyond the event itself,” he said.