THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

The talk

Yesterday as I was on my way to the launch of the International Women's Day events at Kinta City Shopping Complex, MF (hai sayang... tee hee) called me up, asking, "Puan, esok macam mana puan?" Laaahai... dah janji nak datang, jadilah yeop! He then asked, "Pukul berapa puan?" He'eleh... your own letter stated that it's supposed to start at 9 am, follow that letter lah yeop... ish! ish! ish!

Anyway, another volunteer promised to tag along and since her office is at the same building as the college, we promised to meet up at the college lobby at 8.45 am. So this morning after making sure I had all the necessary materials in my bag, especially my external hard drive which stores all my files, off I headed to the college.

I got there quite early, and waaah, quite a few of the staff came to greet me. And oh by the way, MF is a staff, not a student as I thought! Well, quite a number of their staff are quite young, I must say. Or is it that I'm the one who's old? Hmmmm....

While waiting for my colleague to come, I was introduced to one of their senior management. The CEO conveyed his apologies for not being able to attend. Once my colleague arrived, we immediately headed to the library where the talk was to be held.

I then made sure my powerpoint presentation was ready before the function started off with one of the staff reciting the doa. The emcee then invited the senior staff to give a speech. He spoke to the students about voluntary work etc and it seemed at first to be quite a long speech, then he himself realised that it wasn't supposed to be his talk but mine... :-) so he stopped and the MC handed over the mike to me.

The talk went well, and I must say amongst the many talks I have given so far, the response this time was the best. Students and lecturers alike responded well and asked quite a lot of questions, to the extent that my throat was rather dry by the end of it. Oh yes, there was a bottle of mineral water and a glass at the rostrum, but I didn't feel comfortable about gulping the water down my throat with everybody else watching me... (I ni pemalu, jangan tak tau... hehehe...)

Questions asked range from matters pertaining to life-span of someone with HIV, what precautions to take when we have to handle someone with HIV, what sort of encouragement we should give to an HIV +ve person, etc.

So yes, I must say that the talk did in at least a small way open up their eyes and their minds to HIV/AIDS, especially with the real life examples I gave about my own clients.

Hopefully after this more colleges will organise such talks for their students. It is this age group that we need to target as more than 70% of HIV infected people in Malaysia consist of youths.

Coming up next: The discussion with the women's wing of a political party pertaining to problems faced by women. Yep, it is confirmed for 2 pm tomorrow.


mamasita said...

I'm very sure everybody got a lot of info from you're just so good in your line of work!
p.s. sekali sekala kena lambung you tinggi2!

Pi Bani said...

You lambung I tinggi2, jangan lupa sambut I masa I jatuh tau!

Alia said...


i guess MF is trying to giving gentle reminder/confirm on your attendance but somehow he never thought that he is dealing with a used to be Head Girl who are more organize that him I guess (my evaluation after reading your blog on how he acted)~ hehehe....

btw, good job kakpi... :D

Pi Bani said...

I rasa dia ni tak reti nak menyusun ayat kot... kalau tak silap dia ajar kursus teknikal, so bab-bab nak menyusun ayat ni ada sikit kureng...

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Hai eh...Aunty Pi,
It's heartening to note that the people responded well to your talk. I reckon that how the audience behaves while giving a talk or speech can affect the performance of the speaker too. purrr....meow!

Pi Bani said...

Oh yes, definitely! I pernah sekali bagi talk kat budak-budak form 4 yang baru masuk balik sekolah, and they had one talk after another arranged by the school. By the time my turn came, they were not interested at all in the talk. Bisingnya masyaAllah. The talk was at the third floor. I baru sampai tangga kat ground floor dah dengar riuhnya kat atas nun when someone else was giving a career talk. Belum mula lagi I knew I was going to have a hard time! Luckily it wasn't my first time giving a talk. Kalau itulah my first time, mau tobat tak nak bagi talk dah kot!

Ahmad said...

sory about "hai sayang" tu TAG email sy...xingat nak ubah
pasal masa tu, biasa la...1st program, risau kalau jemputan wat janji melayu...jenuh teman...
bab mengayat tu xde masalh...but mengayat cara formal ni prob sikit la...heheeh...selalu keje sebalik tabir...jarang berurusan ngan org...(tp ngan supllier ke dealer ke...ha tu pandai la...eheheheh)

Pi Bani said...

Hahaha! Look who's here!

OK lah, kasi chan. Memang I dah agak ada orang lupa nak ubah nama hai sayang.

Anyway, teman ni walaupun Melayu, tapi tak suka janji Melayu. Kena ikut janji Islam. On time!