Three talented child artists receive ‘stamp’ of approval
Winning artwork from nationwide art contest for children with disabilities used in "Colours of My World" commemorative stamps and first day cover for Universal Children's Day 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 October 2013 – A set of special stamps featuring the artwork by three children with disabilities in Malaysia were unveiled today to honour and celebrate the abilities of children with disabilities in conjunction with Universal Children's Day 2013. The winning artwork was selected from 120 submissions to the Colours of My World art contest organised by Kakikreatif, Pos Malaysia and UNICEF to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The winners, Stephanie Tam Zhu Shin from Selangor (development disability), Lovira Jospely from Sabah (sensory disability) and Intan Syafienaz Mohamad Bakhid from Perak (physical disability), each received a RM10,000 cash prize from Pos Malaysia for their efforts.
In explaining their inspiration in creating their pieces, 14-year-old Stephanie cited colour and nature as elements that were part of her winning crayon / oil pastel artwork. Fourteen year-old Lovira was inspired by the concepts of love and friendship that were at the heart of her colour-pencil piece. The 3rd winner, Intan Syafienaz, 17, drew her water colour piece with reflections of Malaysia's multi-ethnic society as her
Every child is a winner
"All entries are eloquent reminders of the outstanding talent and contribution children with disabilities can make," said Ms. Wivina Belmonte, UNICEF Representative to Malaysia, in her welcoming speech at the unveiling. "A child is not disabled because they cannot walk, see or hear. They are disabled by a society that excludes them. When we see the disability before the child, it is not only wrong for the child, it also deprives the rest of us, of all that the child has to offer. Every single one of these paintings from children with disabilities from all over Malaysia reflect the unique and meaningful way in which they see the world around them. What better way to honour their talent, than by celebrating the ability of children with disabilities," added Ms. Belmonte.
The Colours of My World art competition complements a host of activities facilitated by UNICEF and its
Celebrating the abilities of every child
This is the second initiative between Malaysia's postal service and UNICEF. In 2009, Pos Malaysia joined forces with UNICEF to create the Caring Society stamp set to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"POS Malaysia is deeply moved by the efforts shown by the children in producing beautiful artworks in this art contest. Too often we tend to judge people from their appearances and forget that everybody is talented in their own special way. We should always have faith that there are no disabilities and all are born equal. It is up to us as adults and society as a whole to help empower and transform the less fortunate, especially the children to grow into successful adults and have a sense of belonging in the world" said Dato' Iskandar Mizal Mahmood, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Pos Malaysia.
"This contest has truly showcased this and by producing the stamps, Pos Malaysia is honoured to be in partnership with UNICEF and Kakikreatif in presenting to all Malaysians and the world how special the children are and we hope this collaborative effort will provide the children with disabilities the recognition that they rightfully deserve. A small ripple in the middle of the ocean can turn into a tsunami over the long journey to reach the shore," added Dato' Iskandar Mizal Mahmood.
According to the Head of Kakikreatif, Ms. Low Ngai Yuen, the creative agency was honoured to be a collaborative partner with UNICEF and Pos Malaysia in this competition. "To be inspired by the talented children who are now given a voice through this meaningful project is about reminding ourselves that these children need a go at the maximum quality of life. Kakikreatif looks forward to sustaining this programme in the coming years."
The limited edition commemorative stamps will go on sale from 22 October 2013 at all Pos Malaysia outlets. On 22 October, the public can also get a first day cover and customers who utilise Pos Malaysia's mail services will get a very special postmark on their mail with the message "Celebrating the abilities of children with disabilities". In addition, the Colours of My World exhibition of selected artwork by children with disabilities will be on display at Level 6, Pavillion Mall from 18 - 25 October.
For more information, visit http://children4change.unicef.my/stamps.html
For further information, please contact:
Indra Kumari Nadchatram,
UNICEF Media, Malaysia
(+6.03) 2095 9157
+6012 292 6872
Mariati Mohd Arif ,
Colleen Daphne Chung ,
+6016 653 0604