Do you want something? Well then, you’ll have to give something in return. ‘Bagi Baru Dapat’, that is the main theme of RockCorps Malaysia (RCM), brought to Malaysian shores by The Zhariff Initiative Sdn Bhd (TZI). RCM’s aim is to whip youngsters into that volunteerism spirit through community activities. How? By getting the youth to give up four hours of their sacred time to charity projects organised by RockCorps Malaysia, in order to obtain one exclusive, money-can’t-buy ticket to the RockCorps concert that will go down in March 2013. David Guetta, Akon, Tinie Tempah and Snoop Dogg are among the artistes that have performed for RockCorps.
The date, 18 November was no different, as a double charity project was held in two separate locations on the same day, at Batu Parliament and Wangsa Maju Parliament. Part of the “Take Back Your Community” campaign held by DBKL, RockCorps Malaysia backed this event by dangling these concert tickets as a rewards for their time given.
In four hours, the volunteers did what they would not normally do in their own neighborhood: beautifying it. Illegal stickers were torn down from various places, illegal stencils drawn on walls and pavements were painted over, and the streets were cleaned and restored to their natural beauty.
The project in Batu Parliament saw 160 volunteers that were aided by DBKL, Alam Flora, Police Residents Association (Phase 1), Single Police Mothers Association (Phase 1) and the fire department, as this project was held together with the resident’s gotong royong project. On the other side at Wangsa Maju, an astounding amount of 394 volunteers from the community, University Perguruan Sultan Idris, Jiran Muda KRT PPR Seri Semarak, DBKL and Alam Flora turned up to aid the process of cleaning the area.
The volunteers of Wangsa Maju enjoyed a sweet treat at the end, performances by Yoyo performer Hassan “Exodus” Marialis, Malay rap group SSK and songwriter/guitarist Brendan James De Cruz. A surprise beatbox and MC performance was given by Vandal and MC Wile-E, the Project Manager of RockCorps Malaysia.
Wrapping up the community service was the giving away of the prized tickets to the RockCorps Malaysia Concert. Now, isn’t that a fair trade? After all, a concert would take up about the same time too.
Interested to make a change in your community and to get a free concert ticket in the process? Look them up on their website: www.RockCorpsMalaysia.com.my or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RockCorpsMalaysia. Or for a more personal encounter, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.