T1’s Royal Commonwealth Essay Entry – Silver Award

Since some of you asked to see her essay, here it is! Don’t ask me why they liked it but, haha, they obviously did!

The Brief:   Tell us about a moment of opportunity which changed the life of your family, community, country, continent or the entire planet.

Written By T1 (aged 8, birth date: 13 September 2004)

What is an opportunity? An opportunity is a favourable time or moment. Here are some examples:
1. Ice-Cream – I was eating ice-cream in a shop when my sister said, “I am full.” I volunteered to eat it up!
2. Rocket Launch – My father received an invitation from his astronaut friend in the US saying that he wanted my father and his family to see his rocket being launched!
3. Enjoying Simple Things – I took the opportunity to look out of the car window to see the view and enjoy the cool breeze.
We all have opportunities! It depends on whether we see them and grab them.

Myanmar Chapter 1
It began with an SOS call for clothes from a friend in Myanmar who said that orphanages there needed clothes! My mum said, “OK!” and we started finding out what to do. The 1st step was to see who wanted to give away their old clothes that could fit ages 6 to 23. The 2nd step was to collect them from all the families in KL and since Myanmar had no postmen, the 3rd step was to go there ourselves to visit the orphanages!

Myanmar Chapter 2
When we went, I learnt that not everyone is as fortunate as us Malaysians. I saw that they did not have any beds, shoes, food, clothes and they did not even have a proper home. They slept on the bare, splintered floors, walked barefoot on mud and rocky roads, and starved for hours and sometimes days because they did not have enough money to buy food! The children never felt at home because they had to move houses every time they could not pay their rent. If you were a landlord, if they didn’t have any money to pay rent, would you be kind enough to let them stay longer or would you kick them out?

Myanmar Chapter 3
I brought them clothes on my first trip to Myanmar. On my second trip, we helped them raise funds to buy food, fix their broken well so they could have clean (sort of!) water, build them a new floor, bought them mats, slippers and blankets, build a new wall because one of their walls had collapsed in winter, and build a new ceiling since the old one had holes and every time it rained they got wet! Later, we will educate them to give them a brighter future.

We did this through a Children’s Bazaar which we organised in KL on 7th April 2013. I spent a month sewing hand-made tissue pouches together with my Nana and Godmother, and sold them for RM10 each. We made 100 and they sold out! Whilst in Myanmar, I also drew some sketches about Myanmar together with the orphanage kids and we framed our drawings to sell for RM50 each! It was hard work as I worked from 10am to 3pm sharing my story on Myanmar and asking people to buy.

Myanmar Chapter 4
Most of all, we gave them love. My Aunty Eileen visits the 3 orphanages every weekend to spend time with them, teaches them children English, does art and craft, and plays with them. They love her and loved all the things that they got, the new floor, ceiling, well, wall, the food, and not having to move house all the time. Every time I go there now, they give me GREAT hospitality and they can speak a bit of English and I can count in Myanmar!

Baby steps like that changed the lives of the 3 orphanages in Myanmar. If everyone did a little bit first, our family lives would change, and then the community, and then the country, and then the continent, and then finally EARTH! So just put some effort in to change the world. It will become a better place. No more global warming, no more starvation, no more droughts, no more pollution, no more crime, and so on. No more dying people.


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  1. Nice!! Her personal experiences really allowed her answer the essay question convincingly.

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