JCI freeMarket

Over 50 years, JCI Kota Kinabalu has a proven record of accomplishment as an excellent training ground for young minds. The projects undertaken by JCI Kota Kinabalu are always in line with the philosophy of Junior Chamber International, providing “areas of opportunity” for members to acquire and refine leadership skills, which are necessary in today’s world.

JCI Kota Kinabalu is the oldest chapter in Sabah.

Achievements sponsored Tanjung Aru (Current JCI Tanjung Aru) and Penampang Jaycees (Current – JCI Penampang) in 1980;
signed sisterhood pacts with JCI Manila,Philippines (1981), JCI City, Singapore (1983), JCI Lu Chu, Taiwan (1985) and JCI Culiat,Philippines (2009)
hosted JCI Malaysia National Convention in 1978, 1982, 1996, 2005 and 2015
won the bid to host JCI Malaysia National Convention 2019 in Kota Kinabalu
Organised Internet Seminar (Awarded Commercial Education Project Award – 1996 Pusan World Congress, 1996 Annual National Convention Malaysia)
Organised Tolumis Care Centre Charity in 2013, 2014, 2015 (Awarded Best Long Term Community Project – 2014 JCI Malaysia Annual National Convention)

Organised Flagship Project – The Outstanding Young Person of Sabah in 2007,2009 & 2016.

Awarded Premier Award for Best Youth Organisation 2016 by Ministry of Youth and Sports Sabah

JCI Kota Kinabalu

Project Description
People say that nothing in life is free but what if you could take anything you like without having to pay a single cent for it? It may sound too good to be true, but that is what the FreeMarket is all about. As its name suggests, the market, has a concept like a regular flea market, except that everything you see there can be yours, for free. “Imagine a needy can get clothes, or a student can get stuff without compromising their expenditure, or finding something that’s just available for you, all with no money involved. What will happen to our daily life?
In the current day where prices of items are only going up and everyone is pinching on their budget, the FreeMarket might be a blessing for those who are in need. “JCI FreeMarket is a community event, from the community to the community. FreeMarket is proof that individuals could hold such events, with little cost and the sincere objective to help the community.
Project Result
  • freeMarket 1.0 Kg Togudon, Tambunan
  • freeMarket 2.0 Kg Pangasaan, Inanam
  • freeMarket 3.0 Kg Wak Wak, Sepanggar
More than 1000 villagers participated and benefited from this freeMarket. 6 wheelchairs were donated to elderly in need; 11 children received new bicycles as their first bicycle; free medical checkups were provided to all the villagers; consultation from dentist and doctors were given; and more than 100 packs of rice were distributed;
What impact has this project created in the community / nation?
Promotion of goodwill among the community, where the organizers aim to educate the public to donate willingly whatever they can (skills, belongings, energy, etc.) to those in need, or have little/no access to the items or services offered. Through this project that is funded by donated goods (clothes, toys, books, household goods, food, personal hygiene product, etc.), what seems small for us, may mean a ton to those who are in need and are not as financially stable as us.
The community were also provided with basic medical health screenings, allowing for early detection of health problems, and further checkup if needed.
The freeMarket project is meant for the community, a platform where members of the community interact with each other and a platform where we value manners highly.
How has this project help to advance the chosen SDG?
SDG 1 – No Poverty

To reduce the numbers of people struggling from poverty by providing human basic needs to the community also the basic medical health checks to ensure none of the villagers are malnutrition or endangered by any diseases (dengue, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.)
  1. to provide solar panels to power light and cooking burners to replace woodfire stoves
  2. provide skills to help the community’s economy and provide career opportunities
The tagline for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) is “Leaving No One Behind.” explain how your project helps to realize the commitment of UNSDGs for the future.
We believe that no child should die of poverty, and no human should be left behind in the pits of poverty. The human’ race should work towards the same goal, leaving no one behind. Through this project, by targeting the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disaster, we believe that we would be able to help one village at a time. And through our vast network and influence, we believe that we would be able to get others to be part of this project to create a bigger impact, in really making the tagline “Leaving No One Behind” an achievement as one human race.
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