Birthdays spent helping others [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KUALA LUMPUR: For two volunteers of the NSTP-Media Prima Humanitarian Relief mission, their birthday this year was indeed a meaningful one.
Roshidi Zabidi celebrated his 35th birthday on April 30 while Zurina Samsuddin turned 26 on May 2 while they were in Bangkok, Thailand.
"This was the most special birthday which I ever had. It was meaningful to celebrate my birthday while on a mission to help people.
"It was such a lovely feeling. I felt the purpose of my life then, to reach out and lend a helping hand personally to the people who really appreciated it," said Roshidi, who is Adabi Sdn Bhd's public relations and promotion executive.
Zurina, an executive at Proton Holdings Bhd, said the experience was priceless.
"I really admire the flood victims there as they don't complain much about their living conditions.
"They go on bravely with their lives. I think it is important to have this kind of attitude where you don't break down when something bad happens; life has to go on."
The volunteers comprised around 40 staff of NSTP, Media Prima, Proton Holdings and Adabi Sdn Bhd.
The NSTP-Media Prima Humanitarian Relief mission volunteers reached Kuala Lumpur after completing their five-day mission at 7.30am yesterday.
The convoy of 12 vehicles, of which five were Proton Exora, left Balai Berita NSTP for Bangkok on April 28.
It arrived back at Sri Pentas foyer amid cheers of Media Prima staff and the Malaysia Hari Ini programme crew, who aired the comeback live.
Mission head Wan Abdillah Wan Nawi described it a success and said their objectives had been achieved.
"We wanted to increase the spirit of volunteerism among our team members and we managed to achieve that," said Wan Abdillah, who is also the NSTP head of corporate communications.
Proton managing director Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamad Tahir said he was happy with the efforts of his team.
"We have a team in Proton trained for this kind of missions. We call them 'Pasukan Bantuan Bersatu Proton (PBB)'."
Media Prima executive director for news and operations Datuk Ahmad A. Talib said he was proud of the team members who had gone through hardship during the trip and learnt to work together in a short time.
"By the time we reached Juru toll, the volunteers had bonded with each other. This was crucial as we had to work together throughout the mission," said Ahmad, who headed the convoy.
The team delivered RM60,000 worth of goods to 600 families affected by floods and also undertook community work, including painting a school building at a village in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.
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