Thursday, October 1, 2015

A New Perspective On Sign Language 30th September 2015


Kota Kinabalu, 30 September 2015 - Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu and Tapuk- Tapuk, a non-government creative collective, collaborated and brought 33 students, teachers, volunteers and hotel associates together for a sign language mini workshop and sign language flash mob. The sign language mini workshop and a Deaf Jam Flash Mob took place at the Table of Curiousity at The Hub and main lobby.

Student from SMK DPM teaching sign language

Personal Workshop Session

Workshop Session 2

One on one session with students

Learning the sign language
The students and teachers were from SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin in Penampang, Kota Kinabalu. The workshop was attended by 10 local media, 15 in-house guest and also associates. The event started off with a sign language mini workshop where the students and teachers taught those who attended simple sign language such as alphabets, numbers and simple day to day conversation. Thereafter, it continued by a flash mob by the students who were joined by volunteers and the hotel associates. 

Flashmob in session

Flashmob by volunteers of Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Volunteers of Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

The volunteers and hotel associates had been practicing learning sign language for the last 3 weeks. Their commitment to the #deafjam has been purely driven by their interest in learning this beautiful language and also to build awareness for it. 

Deaf students of SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin and volunteers from Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

“Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone knew just a few basic signs so that we could all interact better with the deaf communities? It is our dream to bridge the gap between the hearing, deaf and hard of hearing communities, and we hope that all Sabahans would someday embrace the beauty of sign language - it would make a world of difference!” said Ana Jonessy, Founder, Creative Director of Tapuk-Tapuk. 

Deaf students of SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin with hotel guests

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu firmly believes in Tapuk-Tapuk’s vision to build awareness for this beautiful language. Both Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu and Tapuk-tapuk believe that there are many in the local community who share in this interest and are keen to be able to communicate with those who are born hearing-impaired however, do not know where to start or who to approach.

Ms Ana Jonessy, #deafjam project leader with deaf students of SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin and flashmob volunteers of Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Fiona Hagan, General Manager of Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu commented, “Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu has always been very active in giving a helping hand to the community and will continue to support those who are in need. I am very proud of the associates and all the volunteers for their commitment and hard work to make this event an impactful one.”

Mr AlfredAllenKK (Blogger / Lifestyle Event Organizer / Publisher) attend LE MERIDIEN KOTA KINABALU and TAPUK-TAPUK Sign Language workshop. Thank you for the invitation.

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