A Celebration of Love and Compassion at The #StandTogether Kindness Concert
SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR (4 MAY 2019): The #StandTogether Kindness Concert, an uplifting musical rally that called for a kinder Malaysia, was met with overwhelming response as Malaysians of different backgrounds from across the nation came together to celebrate love and compassion.
Organised by Star Media Group’s award-winning R.AGE impact journalism team and renowned property developer S P Setia, Malaysia’s first-ever Kindness Concert held at the Setia City Convention 2, was a culmination of the hugely successful #StandTogether National Kindness Week movement.
It was an evening of musical excitement as top Malaysian acts such as rock band Kyoto Protocol, singer Man Bai, comedian Harith Iskander, singer Ismail Izzani, and indie band The Venopian Solitude and many more took the stage to entertain the crowd.
The event also featured inspiring speeches and meet-and-greet sessions from the #StandTogether campaign’s Kindness Ambassadors, such as Lisa Surihani, Jinnyboy, Arwind Kumar, Luqman Podolski, Chef Wan, and Sharifah Amani; who all took time to interact with fans before and after the concert.
The National Kindness Week movement this year saw thousands of students organise “Kindness Projects” in schools across the country. The 10 best and most inspiring projects were highlighted at the concert through videos produced by the R.AGE team.
At the end of the event, two schools (one primary and one secondary) were selected for the top honour of the night - the title of Malaysia’s Kindest Schools. The winning schools were SK Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur and SMK Chung Hua (CF) in Miri, Sarawak.
Throughout the night, the individual Kindest Awards were also given out to the Kindest Principal, Kindest Teacher, Kindest Student, and Kindest School Staff. The winners were Ainon Mohamed Salehuddin (Principal of SK Jalan Empat), Maureen Ramadas Dellow (teacher at SK Taman Maluri), Muhammad Aisy Abdul Aziz (student at SMK Seri Hartamas) and Norizan Mamat (school staff at SK Jalan Empat) respectively.
The event culminated in a moving collective pledge, where the crowd lifted up the #StandTogether “blue hashtag” symbol on their phones as a commitment to uplift Malaysia - and the rest of the world - through love and kindness.
#StandTogether 2019 programme partners include the Ministry of Education, Unicef Malaysia, Digi and International Medical University, with support from Study Hub Asia, 100% Project, and Teach For Malaysia.