As another event came to a close, I left the parents and students with this note:
“Assalamualaikum and a very good morning dearly beloved parents, committed students, dedicated teachers and staff of Abedeen.
What a day it has been huh? From the students running the cross country to the teachers and volunteers manning the checkpoints, to the parents anxiously waiting for their children to complete the run. It has been a tiring yet fulfilling day.
To the winners, congratulations.
To those who completed the cross country, great work.
To those who needed more time, you have one year to practice!
Thank you for making No Excuses and for giving it your all in this cross country. Excuses are a hindrance. Excuses closes doors of possibilities. Excuses results to complacency. Excuses stalls creativity. Excuses make for another excuse. Would you agree if I went to the extent of saying that excuses is the death of change?
I’d like to share 2 stories of 2 people who gave no excuses in their life. I believe many of you know of their story. So I hope that today’s sharing will help all of us see another side of change.
Nick Vujicic is an Australian, born with no arms and legs. With undying support and encouragement from his parents, Nick began taking up swimming and fishing. ‘It’s not what you have, but what you do with it’, he says. He shared that his father told him,’ You are a gift, just differently packaged.’ With further support from other family members, at 19, he started giving motivational talks and today, he has travelled 58 countries having spoken to millions sharing his struggles, challenges and successes, simply by not giving up, not giving excuses.
Has anyone heard of 99 speedmart? Did you know that the founder, Mr Lee Thiam Wah was diagnosed with polio at 8 months old. Due to his family’s poor financial situation, he stopped school at the age of 12. His disability did not become an excuse for him. He stated selling snacks by the roadside. Overtime, he saved enough money to open his own sundry shop. In 1992, he sold his little business for RM38,000 and opened his very first 99 speedmart in Klang. The rest, is history. He has more than 600 outlets to date.
No excuses. I am so happy to see that students made no excuses and completed the cross country race to their best ability. Even those with health matters made no excuse, and are present to gain first aid knowledge. Parents, you have made your children’s day by staying to cheer them on.
Abedeen students are getting the best of both worlds. They are exposed to a modern learning environment, and are given opportunities to be actively involved in activities that will strengthen their leadership and soft skills. Everyday, they are taught and trained to become world leaders bearing no excuses.
Before we call it a day, I would like to thank parents who have extended your assistance through your manpower and sponsorship. We are forever grateful for the support and trust you extend to the school. We are strong because the school and parents work together tirelessly for the benefit of the children. We make no excuses. We are one in developing world leaders.
Have a great day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Students, rest up, see you on Monday.