MALAYSIA - “Be Inspired” was the theme of our Founder’s Day Celebration in Malaysia this year and we felt it was befitting to hear from those who were inspired by the founder. We were graced with the presence of 7 De La Salle Brothers from the LEAD District.
The Brothers shared their struggles and joys as a Brother and they also shared their hopes for the mission and the youth of today. It was a rich sharing as the invited Brothers were well represented in terms of age and experience. Young, the middle aged and a senior too! We had Brothers who are serving in their home countries as well as Missionary Brothers who have made the country they are serving in as their homes. This sharing session was well moderated by Jeremy Robeiro, a Lasallian youth volunteer.
There were about 80 participants who were made up of mostly Malaysian students, teachers, board members and alumni. We were blessed to have a few Lasallian partners from the other LEAD sectors join us. Participants were engaged with the stories of the Brothers and inspired by their perseverance and resilience in coping with the many changes around them.
All those present had the opportunity to interact with at least one of the 7 Brothers. There were seven breakout rooms with one Brother in each. They had 20 minutes to share what inspired them during the main session and how will they act on this inspiration.
The Founder’s Day gathering ended with words of inspiration from the Brothers and it came to a close with a song from Yogavelan Balamurali, a Lasallian youth volunteer. The song titled ‘What One Man Can Do’ - was to attest to what one man did 300 over years ago and the legacy it has created.
Our thanks to Brothers Fermin Martinez, Patrick Tierney, Nicholas Seet, Stephen Pitchit, Jason Blaikie. Sockie De La Rosa and Henry Gyi for making our Founder’s Day meaningful, inspirational, and successful!
Live God in our hearts forever! (Text: Ms. Coreen Paul & Mr. Isaac Stephen; Photo: Ms. Coreen Paul)