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The widespread influence of social media and the use of smartphones, have resulted in a declining interest in reading books. There are many benefits from acquiring a good reading habit. Therefore, one of the community service projects in 2020 by the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur is to cultivate the habit of reading books. To start off, the club is donating a thousand books to the library of two primary schools, Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Jalan Selangor 1 and Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Jalan Selangor 2. Each school will receive 500 books.
National Representative Mrs Juanita Lee initiated this idea by connecting Friends To Mankind, an international non-profit organisation under its Book Effect project leader and youth ambassador Ms Apshy Vimal with the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur. Friends To Mankind has collected over 50,000 books from various funds and communities. This collaboration shows promise as Miss Apshy has indicated that she will be working with the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur on future projects relating to books.
These two schools were chosen based on their excellent performance in the UPSR examination (a nationwide evaluation test) of the past few years where they scored 100% passes. The students enjoyed reading but the books in their library were worn out and outdated. The Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur and FtoM will ensure that the books will be rotated and also replenished every six months.
The Rotating Library Project was launched on 22nd January 2020 by International Inner Wheel President, Mrs Phyllis Charter, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The school arranged a special assembly on that day, attended by members of the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur including National Representative Juanita Lee, teachers and students. The District Chairman and District Vice-Chairman of District 330 also attended to show their support of the project.
In her speech (watch it here) President Phyllis Charter acknowledged that this is a wonderful project and encouraged all the children to read as many books as they can. She wished the girls all the best and encouraged them to be Inner Wheel members when they reach 18 years old!
The Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur sponsored 26 students by donating uniforms, shoes, stationeries and paid for their school fees for the year. These students were identified by the school as students that needed help and the Club hoped that this will lighten the burden of their families.Sue Pon - President