Danni Rais

 

 Danni Rais

 Political and Humanitarian Activist

 

Assalamualaikum and Hello to all! 

First and foremost, I sincerely hope that everyone is having a good lead up to the new year. I certainly have mixed feelings, knowing that this is the final Love Letter for this year. 

But what a great December it has been! The ONE crew headed out of Kuala Lumpur and went to Teluk Intan for GROW, a milestone for ONE as it was the first program that we have held outside of Kuala Lumpur.

We spent the whole day with Form 5 leavers in Teluk Intan and taught and shared with them our knowledge and expertise in writing curriculum vitae, the importance of personal branding, how to do effective communication, and also providing them with an insight into how job interviews are conducted.

It was an eye opener for us, and we certainly are looking forward to holding more programs like this around the country! Big thanks to our partners, Majulah Teluk Intan, Trainsition, and Ministry of Higher Education. 

The tired but satisfied volunteers of ONE were in a convoy on the way back from Teluk Intan, a journey that began at 3.30am for many and reaching back home 11pm earliest for most.

In our particular car, we started playing some old tunes that was reminiscent of our younger years. One song in particular caught my attention, and it seemed apt to be included in the last love letter of the year.

“A long December and there’s reasons to believe, maybe this year will be better than the last.”
– A Long December, Counting Crows

It’s a melancholic line from a fantastic song, and I think we can all relate to it; in particular for ONE, we have had by far our most successful and busiest year to date, yet let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because 2018 can certainly be a better year!

However that will indeed be a good problem to have, considering all that we have achieved in 2017. Let’s recap.


FEBRUARY 

ONE celebrates CNY at Charis Sheep Pen Shelter.

Hannah speaks about Nation Building and Youth Empowerment at Wesley Methodist Church, KL.


MARCH 

Pitch for Progress: Improving the Perception of Higher Education in Malaysia.

A total of 37 teams from 30 universities around the country competed in our inaugural Pitch for Progress competition, and the winners gained the exclusive opportunity to work with the Ministry of Higher Education.


MAY

 Hannah is featured in L’Officiel magazine, sharing her views on the role youths play in the future.

Captain James Tan shares his adventures how a boy from Kajang managed to fly around the world and inspire a nation.


JUNE

Danni and Hannah both featured in The Star’s lead up campaign to Ride for Malaysia, a Merdeka initiative.

 ONE and Small Changes partners up again, third year running, to help children gain an education.


JULY

ONE members participate in The Star’s Ride for Malaysia, an event aimed at uniting Malaysians from all walks of life in a healthy fashion through cycling.


AUGUST

ONE makes a visit to Rumah Pengasih, a drug rehabilitation centre in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, and helps out with afternoon soup kitchen with Pertiwi Soup Kitchen.

Danni was invited to the Cooler Lumpur Festival, a festival aimed at zero waste management and a sustainable future. Danni gave his thoughts on how youth NGO’s can assist in moving forward amongst a panel of well respected environment crusaders.

Merdeka Flag Distribution. Volunteers from ONE along with friends from Lean In Malaysia and Small Changes gathered at KL Sentral to distribute 1,000 Jalur Gemilang flags in an effort to boost patriotism amongst Malaysians.


SEPTEMBER

Pitch for Progress 2.0 : An Education Revolution attracted 56 teams from various universities around the country, vying for the opportunity to showcase their ideas on how to revolutionise education in Malaysia.

It was bigger and bolder than the first edition of Pitch for Progress, and in return we achieved 1.1 million reach, and was trending number 1 that whole weekend!


NOVEMBER

Danni was featured in Prestige Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, having been recognised for his nation building efforts and work with the youth.


DECEMBER

GROW – Getting the Right Opportunities Workshop was ONE’s first venture outside of Kuala Lumpur to empower the youth from Teluk Intan with the necessary skills needed for their future.

You can also watch the recap video of the event here!

So there we have it. It’s been an intense and thrilling 2017, and we can’t wait to get kickstarted in 2018.

It was Alan Kay, the educator and computer designer, who famously declared “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

While we may not be able to invent it per se, the least we could do is craft a brighter future, and that is what we will continue doing. We hope to see you soon, and do get your friends to join us! 

On behalf of the Organisation for National Empowerment, I wish all Christians Merry Christmas, and to all Malaysians, Happy New Year! Stay safe and have a wonderful start to the new year.

Thank you for tuning in. 

DANNI RAIS
President
Organisation for National Empowerment (ONE)

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