Students deliver 1,500 briquettes to three low income families in South Korea

The group arrives at Pyeongchang National Youth Centre.

Students wear work gloves and raincoats on top of thick jackets to avoid the ashes from the briquettes.

KUCHING: Fifteen students of Lodge National Secondary School and 25 Korean students delivered 1,500 briquettes to three low income families in the area of Pyeongchang, South Korea on Jan 23.

The school in a press release said to survive the cold winter, the families rely on coal briquettes, the only option they can afford to keep warm.

“The team endured freezing temperatures as low as -17 degrees Celcius for 6 hours to deliver the briquettes,” it said.

Delivering briquettes was one of the activities carried out in the Korea-Malaysia Youth Exchange Project from Jan 20 to 25.

This project was jointly organised by Korea Youth Work Agency, Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) Malaysia and Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award of Lodge National Secondary School.

The Malaysian delegates comprises Form 4 and 5 Lodge National Secondary School students, and two teachers Willie Liew and Wong Jade Chian, Youth and Sports Ministry officer Carl Sherman and DOE Malaysia chief executive officer Ravichandran Subramaniam.

The delegates stayed with the Korean students in Pyeongchang National Youth Centre where they did many activities together such as visiting the Winter Olympic Park in Pyeongchang and Dogye Youth Centre, making glass jewellery, making bibimbap and attending a workshop on K-pop dance.

“It was an eye-opening event where I learnt so much. I find this a rare chance to come by – the learning could never have been acquired by sitting in the classroom,” said Bong Wun Cheng, a student of Lodge National Secondary School.

Besides that, Lodge National Secondary School students collaborated with the Junior Awards Scheme Korean participants aged 10-14 in team building games and community service in the area of Pyeongchang.

“I had so much fun with the kids. This is my third time participating in the DOE International Youth Exchange Project. I find it fulfilling to serve as mentor to my fellow friends and enjoyed it tremendously,” said Edwin Jaden Fabian.

The Youth Exchange Project in an inspirational opportunity for Lodge students to share their DOE Award experience and Malaysian cultures with the Koreans.

Lodge Group of Schools director Thomas Huo Kok Sen thanked the School Board of Management for their support and their Korean counterparts for their hospitality.

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