caption: Look how eager they are. The boys who go for the trip. Thomas Boo (far right)
The La Salle Centre-organised annual program, L.E.A.D (Lasallian Expedition and Development) camp is scheduled for 25-27 September this year. The character building and self-development programme is going to be held in Ulu Kenas in Kuala Kangsar.
A Form Two participant who attended the camp last year has a story to tell. "I was thrilled and touched to be given a chance to participate in the programme that not only boosted my self-esteem and self-worth, but it was a platform for me to understand my friends and how I can value the spirit of acceptance and team spirit.
That boy, who is now in Form Three, still goes around from shop to shop, with a basketful of cakes, to earn a living to supplement the income of his family. Unlike previously when he just walked along the corridor with just a mission to complete the day's job, this young and spirited Michaelian now has a purpose - he wants to grow up to be an entrepeuneur- using the very skills he has acquired in his many years of training selling cakes.
His story has touched many hearts included the volunteers who helped out at the camp last year. He even won accolades and words of praises from Brother Vincent and Brother Matthew who visited the group there.
This year, team leader Thomas Boo is greatly anticipating the LEAD programme. He has heard so much about the programme and how lives are transformed after the three-day trip. Thomas and his friends, who have been selected, also heard of two students who went last year. For them, it was a surprise that the boys are still in school, in Form Three. It is amazing that the boys are still here as they had the intention to stop schooling due to their disinterest in studies. "We believe the Lasallian values of acceptance and compassion do work wonders", said an eager participant.
For three days, the boys will have a well-deserved break, a treat many have never enjoyed before. Besides having breaks swimming at the crystal-clear stream, being served sumptuous meals and jungle trekking, the participants will attend sessions of inspirational talks on team building, positive interaction and leadership conducted by Master Isaac .
It will be a time the boys are imbued with a sense of comradeship and a strong demonstration of zeal and a drive to excel.
Note: The camp is made possible through contributions of benefactors and old boys. OMA president Mr Adrian Tsen is equally enthusiastic about the programme that he has proposed that the program be extended to students of other forms as well. Brother Matthew has been kind to assist in this area.