Johor-based non-government organisation, Anbum AaTharavum (AAa) that conducts youth enrichment activities for Indian schoolchildren in Johor Bharu, Pasir Gudang and Kulai, recently held their fifth annual sports carnival; the Temples and Churches Community Shield 2017 in Educity Sports Complex, Iskandar Puteri.
The event this year saw the biggest number of participations with 764 students from 25 secondary schools competing against each other in the football and netball tournament.
The non-political, non-religious organisation was established back in 2013 and operates wholly by the help of volunteers. It was a brainchild of Suseela Arulanantham, a former accountant and project manager who now devotes her life to AAa. She was also named the ‘Social Innovator’ of the year at the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Award 2016 (IMSHA).
“This is our finale event every year and we treat it as a reward for the kids, since we conduct activities from January to June so they can focus on their studies with the new-found motivation we have provided, and score for their final exams,” said Suseela.
At the end of the tournament, SMK Sultan Ismail took home the title for the U15 Netball and SMK IJ Convent for the U18 category. For football, SMK Ulu Tiram and SMK Sultan Ibrahim bagged the title for U15 and U18 category, respectively.