Monday October 14, 2013 MYT 7:02:33 AM
EIGHTEEN ambassadors from 10 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur recently for the launch of the Educate.Exchange Connection, a programme by Soroptimist International South West Pacific (SISWP) to build goodwill, friendship and understanding among SWP members from different countries.
SISWP president Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam, who initiated the programme, said, “It is my hope that the young ambassadors will learn, share and appreciate the uniqueness in diversity of the countries of the federation in terms of the people and culture and bring them up close and personal with the many unique projects of service that our clubs carry out for women and girls in the communities where we serve.”
She added that the exchange was made possible with sponsorship of flights by AirAsia and AirAsia X.
The 18 ambassadors spent three days in Malaysia with host families and had the opportunity to tour Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur city, with a briefing by the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board.
The ambassadors were im-pressed by Malaysia’s modern cities and its rich cultural diversity after enjoying the sights, dinner and a cultural show at Saloma
The ambassadors have pledged to be “Friends of Malaysia” to help promote not only Visit Malaysia Year 2014 to family and friends, but also encourage more members to attend the SISWP Conference of Clubs to be held in Kuching next May.
All, except four ambassadors, will continue their journey to other countries of the exchange.
Two SI ambassadors from Australia and one each from New Zealand and Papua New Guinea will participate in the exchange programme hosted by the Malaysian SI clubs of Penang, Ipoh, Bangsar, Petaling Jaya, Damansara, Seremban and Kuching.