A vegetarianism campaign was held by Melaka Da-Ai Education Centre on October 14, 2011. The 6-year old children made fresh vegetarian spring rolls (popiah) to share with their parents, as well as, encourage them to join the rank of Earth's saviors.
October 14, 2011, 3.30 pm.
In the classroom of the 6-year olds, each child was given a piece of soft spring roll wrapper with which they had to make fresh vegetarian spring rolls with ingredients that included purple cabbage, carrot, apple, green bean and vegetarian meat floss.
When their teacher annouced that they could start working on their spring rolls, the little hands became very busy. Each applied their own creativity to 'arrange' the ingredients on their wrapper. The end result saw spring rolls that were very 'fat', very 'long' or very 'empty'. However, with a final touch from their teacher, the plate of spring rolls actually looked rather good!
These children had a mission and, that is, to promote vegetarianism to parents as they arrived to pick up their children.
Besides the fresh spring rolls, they had also prepared posters, leaflets and a slogan.
“Lovely V-gen! Let's go vegetarian for the Earth!” The children shouted their slogan in unison.
He Yu Xi, who was in charge of distributing the leaflets, would tell the recipients of her leaflets that "vegetables are cholestrol-free and contain a lot of beta-carotine!"
If anyone forgot to pick up the leaflet, the children would chase after them to hand them one.
The ones in charge of explaining the information in the poster were also very serious about their responsibility.
They said: "Go meat-free for one meal, and we will reduce 780 g carbon emission."
When they were asked, "What is carbon reduction?"
They would answer, "It means the Earth won't be that hot."
Zhuang Shu Xuan, who could not explain well, chose to read out the information for her audience.
She said, "I love vegetables. If we eat meat, we will hear the screams of pigs when being slaughtered. We must ask more people to eat vegetables and stop eating meat."
When promoting the spring rolls, Shu Xuan would say, "Our vegetarian spring roll has purple cabbage, carrot, red apple and green bean as ingredients because we must eat vegetables of different colours to be healthy."
Little promoters of vegetarianism
He Yu Xi is another good promoter of vegetarianism. With her constant encouragement, Yu Xi's grandmother cooks only vegetables most of the time now. She also told her grandmother to stop slaughtering chickens and buying fish from the market.
Huang Jun Xin is very proud that she was a vegetarian even before she was born. This was because her mother would vomit each time she consumed meat during her pregnancy.
Jun Xin has never taken meat even at her grandparents' persuasion. Instead she is aggressively trying to convert all her relatives to go vegetarian.
Da Ai Educare Centre launched the vegetarian meal record card at the start of 2011. The result is good as the children have not only learnt to eat vegetables, but they also gained a wide knowledge about vegetarianism and its effect on the environment.
The children making fresh spring roll.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
The young promoters waited at the entrance to talk to the parents about vegetarianism.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
Huang Jun Xin, a faithful supporter of vegetarianism, seize every opportunity to encourage her grandparents and cousins to go vegetarian.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
He Yu Xi (right) seizing the opportunity to pass the leaflet containing information about the advantages of vegetables.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
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