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3 July 2016

[NST] Underprivileged kids get whirlwind dentistry tour at SEGi University

By Aina Nasa

KUALA LUMPUR: In the spirit of spreading the joy of Ramadan and Aidilfitri, SEGi University and its Faculty of Dentistry set out to put sparkling smiles on the faces of the less privileged by way of a unique collaboration. Thirty one children of Rumah Kasih Harmoni visited the faculty at SEGi Kota Damansara here recently where they were given free dental screening, treatment and educational workshops about dental hygiene. The event, aptly called ‘The Gift of Knowledge, Personal Care, and Love’, is a corporate social responsibility initiative by SEGi at its Oral Health Centre. It was a collaborative effort with HausofEvents, an online events marketplace headed by its founder Delia Ahmed, who was also the brains behind the event. The children were aged between five and 12 years old, amongst them orphans and zakat recipients (asnaf) who have never been to the dentist. SEGi University and Colleges Group president Datuk Mohamed Azahari Kamil said the aim of the event was to educate young children on the importance of taking care of their teeth. “Rather than giving products like clothing, food or toys, as done by most corporate bodies, we wanted to do something different that represents our tagline – The Best in You Made Possible,” he said, adding that the idea of sharing the gift of knowledge, personal care and love was the best gift for any child to have, gleaming smiles, just in time for the holidays. “This event is meaningful and special and I would like to propose for the university do this regularly.” Dean of Faculty of Dentistry Datuk Professor Dr Fawzia Datuk Abdullah stressed that the event exemplified the care and love they wanted to show the children in the holy month of Ramadan. “We are educating them about dental care and other knowledge. Indirectly, we also want them to be inspired by this beautiful campus and drive them to want to succeed in their studies. “Who knows, after getting a dental check-up they might want to grow up to be dentists as well.” This initiative was made more unique and special by the active participation of faculty students as top dental students were given the opportunity to conduct check-ups and teach the children about dental health, under the supervision of their lecturers. The event consisted of a skit acted out by fourth and fifth year dental students, a tour of the faculty, a workshop on dental care, dental screenings and dental treatment. During the event, Azahari and Fawzia also distributed duit raya angpows and goodie bags to the children.

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