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As you have read the June and 6th edition of the EcoKnights newsletter, Muslims around the world are observing a month of fasting to commemorate the Islamic belief in the first revelation of the holy Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed. Our Green Ramadhan social media campaign is timely as it aims to remind Malaysians to be cautious about their food consumption and disposal habits and also to reduce one's usage of plastic bags at the food bazaars. We would like to get you on board this campaign by sharing your green Ramadhan habits with us. Head to our social media platforms and tag us and your friends to get this movement going.
Meanwhile as we approach the middle of year, preparations for the 10th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival is gearing a notch up. KLEFF is now calling for Green vendors to take up space in the Festival's Green Market. If you've got an environmental or social cause to spread or would love to fundraise for your charity, apply today for a spot.
Additionally, the 13th Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp is back and this time it's going to be held in Tanjung Piai, Johor. Youths who are interested to be exposed to environmental education, intervention planning and development, community engagement and a healthy dose of outdoor activities, applications are now open. This year's thematic approach will focus on the advancing maritime development in the coastal and mangrove areas of Johor and the possible solutions to address the intricate balances between a sustainable community livelihood and development.
Loads more activities are in the pipeline and if you're keen we are looking for committed volunteers who can help us in the next few months so drop us an email if you've got a few days a week to spare. Our cat, Vader is always at your service, makes a great stress reliever and a great colleague.
Meanwhile stay tuned to updates announced regularly on our website in also our social media platforms. Peace!
ENVIRONMENTAL NGO INITIATES GREEN RAMADHAN SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE MALAYSIANS’ IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
EcoKnights, is kicking off its annual awareness and empowerment program in the month of Ramadhan to educate Malaysians on the need to reduce usage of plastic bags in food bazaars around the country. The campaign also aims to educate the public on the importance of reducing food wastage from homes.
In its 3rd and final destination, the Pernod Ricard Bottled Hope Trail Run 2017 takes place in MAEPs, Serdang on the 14th May 2017. At least 300 participants have joined this remarkable and meaningful event, which comes with a series of green activities including the 3km & 5km trail run, lucky draw, eco-workshops, EcoKnights’ booth and tree planting.
EcoKnights in collaboration with KDU University will be organising several activities related to the environment for the benefit of the KDU University students. This year’s KDU University Environment Day is based on the theme sustainability and the related activities will be conducted in the entire month of June on a weekly basis.
Bottled Hope Trail Run is back in its 2nd destination! Pernod Ricard Malaysia joined forces with EcoKnights, IMB Sumo Eleven and GOVT to launch another Responsib’ALL Day at Simpang Ampat, Melaka on 6th May 2017. As a part of Responsib’ALL Day for Pernod Ricard Malaysia (PRM), the employees got the opportunity to give back to the community by tree planting and giving basic need supplies to the Orang Asli.
EcoKnights’ Green Ramadhan Campaign was recently featured on Malaysia’s local radio station, Traxx FM. The officers of EcoKnights shared details and aspirations of the campaign.
In conjunction with the celebration of World Environment Day, Sunway Property has held its key campaign, Race for a Better Planet 2017. Thus, EcoKnights was invited to share knowledge on backyard composting through a workshop at Sunway Geo.
“Doing a great job in a task is one thing, Fara, but going beyond that, to leave something behind, something great, is another thing.” Loosely, that was what Mr. Fadly, the Programme Director of EcoKnights had said to me on my first week of internship at EcoKnights. I remember his advice so vividly in my head. I was determined then to start and finish my internship with a goal in mind – to contribute all of my energy and effort in this organisation.
On my first day at EcoKnights, I was greatly welcomed by the staff. Everyone was very friendly and I could see that I would be well taken care of for the next three months. I was right. Even though I had no experience in coordinating events and running a workshop, I learned to adapt fast and become a team player. My first assignment was to handle EcoKnights’ social media and promote the flagship event, Green Market for Eco Month. Since I am a graduate in English for Professional Communication from UiTM Shah Alam, I took the assignment with great excitement. I was also given the opportunity to lead a social media contest for the event!
Soon after, I was assigned to facilitate the workshop, Soap-making by Reusing Used Cooking Oil. Even though I had no clue on how to make a homemade soap, all of the research and test-run paid off as my first work experience in public speaking and facilitating a workshop went smoothly. Of course, my fellow colleagues played a huge part in the success. Incidentally, this is the reason why I truly enjoyed my days at EcoKnights, I got to do something that is totally outside of my comfort zone and I got to do it with the support given by my other teammates. EcoKnights allowed me to flourish my skills and experience something new and exciting every single day.
At EcoKnights, we are a family. Hey, I even called one of my seniors as Kaklong (big sister)! We work hard and play hard. There was never a dull moment when I’m with the team as we always find ways to have fun. It has truly been a wild ride. The one thing I will forever be grateful for is the invaluable lessons that I’ve gained during the period of my internship. Mr. Fadly has been a great mentor, he not only taught me about the skills required in a workplace but also to see life in a different perspective. A man of depth he is. Ms. Yasmin (President of EcoKnights) is a ray of sunshine. Her positivity is contagious and what I learned from observing her is the perseverance and elegance she portrays in all of her efforts. It was truly mesmerising.
Being a Knight has made me environmentally conscious and more sensitive to Mother Nature. The efforts of EcoKnights in preserving the environment are truly inspiring and worth applauding. My decision to intern at EcoKnights back in February turns out to be the right one. I came out as a better individual (I hope) and I’m proud to say that I have a family that I can always go back to, even for a quick appearance at Funky Lunch.
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