Maybank story-telling contest
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 email@example.com. my.