KDU Fitspiration Week Inculcating Fitness With Compassion To The Community

Love Life campers playing dodgeball in Jumpstreet. Dodgeball players focusing in the tournament.
Zumba training in the Silent Room, Accommodation Glenmarie Campus. Sexual Health Workshop conducted by Ms. Sarah, Counsellor. 
The amalgamation of the word “Fit” and “Inspiration” is one of the key initiatives to inspire fitness into students’ daily life. The KDU Student & Alumni Centre (SAC) recently had organised KDU Fitspiration Week 2016, held from 11 to 13 October 2016, which is in line with the key initiative to instil the spirit of compassion within the community by putting up numerous activities with the aim to enhance students’ physical and psychological health for a balanced lifestyle here at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie campus.

The Fitspiration week started with Dialogue in the Dark Workshops held throughout the week, whereby students got a chance to test their limits leading to a tangible experience of combining emotional intelligence and social competence. Muhammad Rafifudin Bin Roslan, a student of Diploma in Mass Communication programme, was one of the participants in this workshop, explained, “The workshop places participants in a pitch dark situation without the use of sight. We were involved in teambuilding activities that widen our perspective on life and gratitude.”

Compassionate Workshop was conducted by senior counsellor, Ms Hany Cheng Chue Han, on 11 October  while the Sexual Health Talk was conducted by Ms Sarah Yung Kah Yan on 12 October. “This workshop is educational and taught me to put myself in someone else’s shoes and have empathy towards others. Overall this workshop is pretty helpful for me,” said Eng Hong Xuan, who is currently pursuing a Diploma in Mass Communication.  

Apart from that, a health screening by the National Heart Institute of Malaysia, as well as Zumba and Yoga sessions by Level Up Fitness Gym trainers were also held during the week.

There were also numerous sporting activities, such as the basketball tournament, held on 11 October; dodgeball tournament on 12 October and goalball tournament on 13 October. KDU goalball player Pearljit Singh A/L Bhoopindar Singh, a Bachelor in Business with Law student, said, “I find the goalball tournament very interesting, as it involves the blind, KDU staff and students.”
“It provided the players with a new perspective on the sport since it was our first time playing it. Besides that, it gives out the message that though the blind have lost their sight but they are able to enjoy life through sport,” he continued. Laura Liong Ting Yeng, an A-Levels student said “It was a fun and great way to raise awareness about the blind. Though we had to play the sport blindfolded, at the same time we get to feel and experience how the blind play the sport”.

The highlight of this event was the KDU Fitspiration Scholarship Ceremony held on 13 October 2016 at the Utropolis Glenmarie campus. Honoured Paralympic gold medalist, Mohamad Ridzuan Puzi, who clocked 12.07 seconds in the T36 100m sprint, made an exclusive appearance at the event together with fellow para-athletes from the Rio Olympics 2016 contingent, Mohd Shamil Bin Md Saad (107kg powerlifter) and Jong Yee Khie (97kg powerlifter). KDU University College has proudly announced the first scholarship fund for the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) to recognise the hard work and efforts of all para-athletes.

Apart from this, Peer to Peer (P2P), a mutual help community for emotional and psychological needs, also organised a camp from 14 to 16 October 2016, with the theme “Compassion”. The camp was called “Love Life”, and aimed to encourage students to cultivate compassion in their daily lives. In the “Love Life” camp, several activities were designed to educate the campers to further understand “Compassion”, such as visiting a home for disabled children, games revolving the 5 senses, movie screening and visiting Jumpstreet.

“The camp was a truly enjoyable experience with various great morals. I’m ecstatic that I got to join this camp,” commented Evan Fung Jun Wai, a student of Diploma in Mass Communication. Overall, SAC had successfully carried out various programmes and activities throughout the “Fitspiration Week” to educate students to embrace a balanced and healthy lifestyle, as well as to foster compassion in their daily lives of which will empower the total well-being of the KDU community.