“Say Yes” 2019


About “Say Yes” 2019

In 2019, the senior Kids Speakers advocated for 4 NGOs: SSD (Sarawak Society for the Deaf), PERKATA (Association for the Welfare of Intellectually Disabled Children), KAA (Kuching Autistic Association) and SCCS (Sarawak Children Cancer Society).

For this event, we are thankful that our corporate sponsor, Perbena Emas Sdn. Bhd. agreed to donate to match our ticket sales (1:1). The donation amounted to RM 9360.

On top of that, we deeply appreciate the following sponsors:

  1. The Granary Kitchen and Bar
  2. Lee Ming Press Sdn. Bhd.
  3. Smart Bookshop Sdn. Bhd
  4. Gin & Jacqie
  5. AHE Sdn. Bhd.
  6. Tealive
  7. Sweet Memory
  8. Relise and Oliver

With the collective effort of helpers, parents, Kids Speakers and teachers, we raised RM 20,508 for the 4 NGOs. That is on top of the merchandise sale which totalled more than RM 2,000. All of us at Kids Speak would like to express our deepest appreciation to all who have contributed, donated and helped to make the event a success!

“Say Yes” 2018

Teachers and Kids Speakers

About “Say Yes” 2018

The year 2018 marked the first time Kids Speak organized an advocacy event: “Say Yes!”. For the senior Kids Speakers, the project was a culmination and application of all the skills they have acquired. They were to research, volunteer at and speak for 3 NGOs in our community. Specifically, Hope Place, Dyslexia Association of Sarawak and SSPCA. 

We are grateful to sponsors who have donated lucky draw gifts for the event: 

  1. Sweet Memory
  2. Tealive
  3. Happy Brain
  4. Lee Ming Press Sdn. Bhd
  5. Relise and Oliver 
  6. The Granary Kitchen and Bar
  7. Triple C Recycle Sdn. Bhd.

Besides that, we appreciate the volunteers, parents and Kids Speakers who have helped generously. All in all, we managed to raise more than RM8,500 for the 3 NGOs.

Say “Yes” to Kuching

This is an advocacy project by senior students of Kids Speak and it involves all students in the centre.  The students will collaborate with 3 NGOs to raise awareness and funds to aid their causes.  These NGOs are Dyslexia Association of Sarawak, SSPCA and Hope Place. 

Date :  19th May 2018

Time:   1100 – 1300

Venue:  The Granary Kitchen + Bar

Ticket:   RM30 (ALL proceeds will go to charity)

For tickets and programme details, please contact Rebecca at +60 16 878 0221.


Mascots and Puppets

To cap it off before the year ended, we had a team of puppets and mascots from Singapore. Professional puppeteers from Singapore, Mascots and Puppets Specialists (MAPS), came to the center to show the children how stories can be made more interesting by using different kinds of puppets. Needless to say, the children were beyond delighted.

For more information about their activities, do refer to the link:  Mascots and Puppets



IKA Story telling Festival


We were in for another treat when storytellers from different countries were brought in for this festival. The Kids Speakers had the opportunity to listen to a diversity of stories as well as appreciate the different ways the stories were delivered. Some of the story tellers we met were Wajuppa Tosa from Thailand and a Balinese team, Mada Garo and Gede Tarmada.


Toastmasters International Annual District 87 Conference


The first event was the annual district conference of the Toastmasters International (TI) organization. 12 selected Kids Speakers had the opportunity to meet some of the past winners of the TI World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS). Shurooq Albanna, 3rd place winner in the 2013 WCPS and Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, a Sri Lankan and the first Asian to win the WCPS in 2014. They also met with Gerald Green, pioneer of the organization in Malaysia.

After the heady encounter with the past winners, the Kids Speakers then observed a speech contest from which a winner was selected to represent this region in the USA.


12 Kids Speakers Meet World Public Speaking Champ

KUCHING: Twelve Kids Speakers here recently had the opportunity to meet 2014 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking Dananjaya Hettiarachchi.

Hettiarachchi, who is from Sri Lanka and the first Asian to win the championship, was here to speak at the Toastmasters International District 87 Conference.

He obliged the Kids Speakers with his autograph and the children also had the opportunity to chat with 2013 world championship third place winner Shurooq Albanna from Dubai.

They also attended the speech contests, which involved speakers from Brunei, Indonesia and East Malaysia.

“I learned that when giving a speech, I must be confident, fluent and knowledgeable … it also helps to keep your audience entertained when speaking,” said Charlotte Lau, 11.

Tania Toh, 12, called it an “awesome contest”, where she and her friends got to take selfies with Hettiarachchi and Albanna.

“We got their autographs, email and phone numbers. I learnt how to evaluate speakers better and I will definitely attend the next contest,” said Toh.

Nathan Ho, 11, observed: “The speakers were truly courageous and confident. It was inspiring to watch them.”

Fellow 11-year-old Lloyd Toh also found the experience positive.

“The contest was interesting and unforgettable. We got to meet the world champion,” he said.

Kids Speak is a programme which provides children, aged seven to 12, a platform to build their confidence through public speaking in English.

Programme coordinator and facilitator Rebecca Chieng was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

Kids Speak recently conducted five showcases where 66 children spoke and presented various types of speeches — informative speeches, demonstration speeches, stories and poems.

To learn more, go to the Kids Speak Facebook Page.

This article is available at:  Borneo Post.