May­bank story-telling con­test

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING -

MAY­BANK is spread­ing the 1Malaysia spirit to the younger gen­er­a­tion through a story-telling com­pe­ti­tion aimed at in­still­ing val­ues of har­mony and to­geth­er­ness.

A unique as­pect of this com­pe­ti­tion is that chil­dren can video tape their pre­sen­ta­tions and post them on­line in the pre­lim­i­nary short­list­ing stages.

Al­ter­na­tively they can choose to par­tic­i­pate in per­son at any of the four pre­lim­i­nary ses­sions to be held through­out penin­sula Malaysia.

The idea for this story-telling com­pe­ti­tion arose from a se­ries of short sto­ries pro­mot­ing the mes­sage of unity and co­op­er­a­tion in May­bank’s re­cent print ad­ver­tise­ments pub­lished in the lo­cal dailies.

Fol­low­ing the cam­paign, the ad­ver­tise­ments were com­piled in a chil­dren’s story book en­ti­tled Sto­ries For Our Fu­ture and pub­lished by May­bank.

The book brings to life the mes­sage of unity from the short sto­ries in a colour­ful and pic­to­rial way that chil­dren can re­late to.

For May­bank, the Star Kids Fair 2010 is an ideal av­enue to hold the Sto­ries For Our Fu­ture story-telling com­pe­ti­tion as it is in line with the ob­jec­tives of de­vel­op­ing chil­dren holis­ti­cally through learn­ing and fun.

May­bank deputy pres­i­dent and head of Com­mu­nity Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Lim Hong Tat said: “The young ones should be en­cour­aged and taught how to work to­gether to fos­ter and pre­serve the unity that we cur­rently have.

“The im­por­tance of striv­ing to­gether as a united nation will lead us to the path of suc­cess, just as how May­bank has per­se­vered with strength and unity over the last 50 years.

“We hope that with the story-telling com­pe­ti­tion be­ing held across the nation, not only will the chil­dren learn to work to­gether to con­tinue liv­ing har­mo­niously in a multi-racial coun­try but also learn how to ex­press them­selves creatively by think­ing out of the box.”

Par­tic­i­pants are to pick one out of the four sto­ries from the story book and tell the story in the most cre­ative way.

They will be al­lowed to act out the story, sing it, dance to it or even put on the most outra- geous cos­tume to recre­ate their favourite story from the book for the judges. Be a friendly bird or a naughty boy, a for­est gi­ant or a tiny rain­drop, a frog or even a wob­bly piece of jelly.

“With the suc­cess of this col­lab­o­ra­tion, May­bank will def­i­nitely look into or­gan­is­ing more of such com­pe­ti­tions. Cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties will have a greater im­pact in re­mind­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion of the 1Malaysia mes­sage as well as pro­vid­ing them with a plat­form to ex­press their artis­tic side,” added Lim.

The four pre­lim­i­nary rounds will held in four venues:

> Oval, One Utama, Se­lan­gor on Oct 23-24.

> Con­course, Jo­hor Bahru City Square, Jo­hor, on Nov 6-7.

> Con­course, Mega­mall Pi­nang Shop­ping Com­plex, Pe­nang, on Nov 13-14.

> Atrium II, Kuan­tan Pa­rade, Pa­hang, on Nov 20-21.

Al­ter­na­tively, par­tic­i­pants can also sub­mit a video on­line. This will also gen­er­ate the firstof-its-kind com­pi­la­tion of on­line kids avail­able on The Star Kids Fair mi­cro site.

The Grand Fi­nale will be held at The Star Kids Fair 2010 at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Nov 27.

The com­pe­ti­tion of­fers a first prize of RM10,000 cash, sec­ond prize of RM5,000 and third prize of RM3,000.

There will be seven con­so­la­tion prizes of RM300 each. The con­test is open to all Malaysians be­tween the ages of 7-12 years.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion are avail­able at www.may­bank2u.com. my or www.thes­tar.com.my/ kids­fair2010.

Par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to reg­is­ter be­fore tak­ing part in the con­test as each venue is limited to 100 con­tes­tants only.

Come join in the fun at on Nov 2728 at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (Halls 1, 2 and 3).

Aimed at chil­dren aged five to 13, the fair will show­case the lat­est in ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices and prod­ucts, food and nu­tri­tional prod­ucts, fashion, books, hob­bies, games, toys, etc.

The fair will be open from 11am to 7pm daily. Ad­mis­sion is free.

For de­tails, go to thes­tar.com.my/kids­fair2010. To par­tic­i­pate as an exhibitor, call 03-7967 1388 ext 1233 (Chris­tine Dar­ling­ton) / 1432 (Chin V Ming) or e-mail msd@thes­tar.com. my.

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