Activities 2000-2005

 Activities for the Year 2000-2005

 Malaysia bolehWanita Boleh

In a continuous effort to encourage more people to pick up sewing, EPAL has been actively promoting and organizing various programmes at both the national and international level and advertising these events in various print and online media. Among the various projects that have been successfully organized are: 

Malaysia Boleh Women Campaign: This campaign was held on 19 November 2000 and it was officiated by the former minister of National, Social and Community Affairs, who was also the Chairperson of LPPKN , Datin Paduka Zaleha Ismail at the National Statium. This ceremony was observed by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Padikar Amin Bin Hj Mulia. About  510  people came from various organizations and districts to participate in the handbag sewing project. This project was recorded in the Malaysian Book of Records as having the largest number of participants for a sewing event.

Campaign in Aid of Afganistan Refugees : As a result of what happened during the Sept 11 tragedy, many Afghanistan refugees have been unfairly targeted and abused by certain groups in American. Epal collaborated with Perkep (Persatuan Keluarga Polis, Polis Diraja Malaysia) to sew charity blankets which are then donated to the refugees who had to endure the winter cold. This campaign was chaired by Pn. Sri Rokiah Ismail (Pengerusi PERKEP) on 31 Oct 2001.

Specail Fund in Aid of Single Mothers and Orphans: For this project, Epal collected cash donations from the selling of handmade items sewn by our VIP members.  This project helped to lessen the burden of the less fortunate among us in this society. In addition, this project helped our employees  to practice the company’s values in a practical way.

Women Entrepreneurship Programme: Epal has actively organized various self-motivational activities, management and leadership courses amongst others to encourage self-growth in women entrepreneurs.  All the courses and talks were held in famous hotels and the cost was borne by the company.

Sewing Awareness Campaign: Free sewing courses were given to selected women who were interested. Preferences were given to those who came from out of town. The activities were carried out in various homes, police stations, hotels in partnership with various government and non-government organizations. The Epal Centre sponsored sewing machines and teachers for this campaign. The co-sponsors were kind enough to provide the venue for the participants who came from near and far.

There is Still Love Campaign: This campaign was held in the months of February 2004 till August 2004 throughout Peninsular Malaysia and even in Sabah. Here are some of the venues for this campaign: Kota Kinabalu, Keningau, Ranau, Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Dato and Labuan, Sabah, Johor, Seremban dan Kuala Lumpur. The objective of this campaign was raise funds in aid of the National Cancer Association to help the less fortunate who need the assistance of the public.

Happy Family, Harmonious Nation Campaign: This was a record breaking event in which  5,008 tissue covers were made in 30 minutes. 759 VIP members came with their family members to partake in this project. The ceremony which was held on 25 August 2002 was officiated by Yang Berhormat Datuk Dr. Siti Zaleha Ismail, Minister of National, Social and Community Affairs. The result of their labour was sold and the money collected was donated to various charitable organizations. This was the second time in which an Epal activity was  recorded in the Malaysian Book of Records.

An Armed Forces Campaign (Tentera Jiwa Waja Berjiwa Seni): This project was organized in partnership with the Armed Forces of Malaysia, in conjuction with the World Armed Forces Day 2002. Women soldiers were recruited for this campaign and taught the various sewing skills. All managed to finish their projects well.

Occupational Campaign for the Disabled: This campaign was organized in partnership with the Federal Territory Association for the Disabled. The disabled have a bright future in the arts, especially in sewing.  As a direct result of this campaign, more disabled people are now ready to be self-employed to set up their own business in this field.

Handicraft Sewing Contests: A few of sewing contests were successfully held recently. Many participants displayed a creative flair for sewing. These contests were open to the public. Various goodies were presented to the winners.  

Embroidery and Handicraft Exhibition Pameran: Epal organized this event to allow the Malaysian public to view the beautifully sewn artworks on display. This exhibition was able to raise the awareness of sewing as a business opportunity, especially among the womenfolk.

Eternal Love Through Educaiton Programme: This programme was held between  6 – 12 December 2005 at Kompleks Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This event was officated by  Toh Puan Datin Seri Panglima Hajah Dayang Masuyah Bt. Awang Japar on 7 December 2004. The objective of this progamme was to raise RM80,000 from the public to build 10 mini-libraries in the interiors of Sabah. Funds collected would be channelled to buy school books, stationeries, tables, chairs, etc for these rural schools. Mostwell Sdn. Bhd. Hired an individual specifically for this project to be in charge of organizing various activities such as drawing, storytelling, drama contests among others for the schoolchildren. These activities were conducted throughout Peninsular  Malaysia and Sabah.