Starting young in business


28 Dec 2015


Children from the Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care had a fun day learning how to manage a business enterprise when they participated in a fund-raising carnival recently.

Organised by the Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple in Sentul, the day-long event was a good opportunity for the children to pick up basic business skills.

They gave it their best shot as they persuaded customers to buy items from the two stalls they were managing.

The children sold a variety of foodstuff, such as fruits and homemade kuih, and preloved items, such as toys, books, jewellery and knick-knacks, which were donated by well-wishers.

Needless to say, the endeavour gave the kids a boost in self-confidence. They also realised that they should not take for granted anything they receive from generous souls because it takes considerable efforts to raise funds.

As the foundation’s manager Diana Ooi sums up: “Life is not just about taking, but also giving. This is a value which we want to inculcate in the kids.”

After the carnival, the temple presented her and the children with a certificate of appreciation.

Customers selecting their favourite fruits at the stall manned by the children.

Pre-loved items for sale.

Diana Ooi receiving a certificate of appreciation from a representative of the temple.

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