KUCHING: Yayasan Pillar is bringing back its ‘Belia Lepak Berhijrah’ programme this year at Kuching Waterfront, with more excitement and competitions slated for youths.
The two-day carnival, which kicked off yesterday, is the third series of the youth-oriented event which was launched in 2015, also at the waterfront.
Last year, it was run under the ‘leadership camp’ concept at Permai Rainforest Resort in Pantai Damai near here for three days.
This year, the organiser has decided to include skateboard and BMX (bicycle motocross) competitions into its list of exciting programmes comprising workshops and demonstrations on extreme sports, street workout, silat and the art of yo-yoing, as well as the registration centre for a charity autoshow to take place on the carpark at Stadium Negeri here this April 8.
Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, who is a long-time supporter of Yayasan Pillar, officiated at the opening ceremony of the youth carnival yesterday.
In his opening remarks, he commended the organising committee from the foundation for their hard work and dedication in having successfully run the previous two series of ‘Belia Lepak Berhijrah’ programme.
“I believe with your experience and also the tremendous help from your volunteers, this will be another successful series for Yayasan Pillar. I have learned that this time, you have managed to gather youths not only from Malaysia, but also those from across Asean such as Indonesia and Brunei.
“Well done, Yayasan Pillar!” he said.
Adding on, Dr Hazland also reminded youths that despite the tougher challenges and obstacles that they had to face in today’s globalised world, they must never forget the ‘most important thing in life — to have fun’.
“In saying this, I’m keeping my speech really short because I know as youths, you don’t want to listen to long speeches – you all want to play and have fun. So, let’s have some fun,” he quipped.
Yayasan Pillar was registered as a foundation with the Registrar of Societies in 2010.
Its founder is Dato Seri Paduka Aisah Mahmud, who still serves as its president.
The establishment of this foundation is based on the philosophy that ‘it is the moral responsibility of everyone to help those deserving of help’.
Apart from holding activities for youth to prevent them from being involved in social ills, Yayasan Pillar also assist the less-privileged members of the communities – both rural and urban – through various outreach programmes, economic development, capacity-building and sustainable self-help assistance undertaken in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental bodies.