By BAVANI M
THE Federal Territory Girl Guides Association celebrated World Thinking Day on Saturday by launching an awareness campaign to stop the spread of AIDS through the sale of its bookmark.
The bookmark basically carries important information on AIDS awareness and members will help to sell it to raise funds to help the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in its global fight against AIDS and other diseases.
World Thinking Day, which falls on Feb 22, was originally a Girl Guide and Scout initiative whereby girls all over the world sent kind thoughts to each other and learnt more about life from girls in other cultures.
Today, it has moved beyond the Guide and Scout movements and has been adopted by other girl groups. The message has also expanded to focus on health issues that affect girls and young women.
The celebration, which was held at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) auditorium, featured songs and performances by Girl Guides from various schools in the city.
The event was graced by Federal Territory Girl Guides Association patron Datin Norkhayati Hashim, who is the wife of Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail.
Also present were Kuala Lumpur Girl Guides Association president Datuk Yeoh Soo Keng and Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Education Department director Sulaiman Wak.
Yeoh said the association had planned several activities for its members for the year 2009 and that most of them would include AIDS awareness education.
The programmes include social activities, scheme tests and handicraft making, involving Guides from 145 schools in the Federal Territory.
The Girl Guides movement in Malaysia began in 1916 with only six members, and there are now more than 8,000 members in the Federal Territory.