Tuesday, December 6, 2016

McDonald's Storytelling Contest Finals

The day had came when 15 children contestants aged between 6 to 9 years old from all over Malaysia converging in Eastin Hotel, Petaling Jaya for a showdown of talent and passion to joined the McDonald's 2016 Storytelling Contest grand finals. Mommy Jane and Little Angels were invited to witness the one-of-a-kind spectacle event that amaze us with the talents of the contestants.
Organised in conjunction with McDonald's Happy Meal Book Programme, the contest is an initiative in line with McDonald's mission to bring families closer together over a shared love for reading and telling stories. Over the periods of 9 weeks, McDonald's had shortlisted 15 entries from a total of 330 submissions and the shortlisted contestants had performed their stories in live auditions at selected McDonald's restaurants nationwide.
The performance by Ong Yan Han (6), Grand Prize Winner
Popular celebrity, Datuk Aznil Bin Haji Nawawi had also provided special coaching to the selected contestants in preparation for their big moment and he is also one of the panel judges for the contest. The other panel judges are Zain Saidin, children's book author; Brigitte Rozario (MRIM) and Puan Irma Wahyuny Ibrahim, Lecturer from the Academy of Language Studies, UiTM Shah Alam.
Judges during McDonald’s Storytelling Contest 2016 Grand Final. From left: Actor Zain Saidin; Children’s’ book author Brigitte Rozario; Datuk Aznil Hj Nawawi; Puan Irma Wahyuny Ibrahim, Lecturer from the Academy of Language Studies, UITM Shah Alam and Mr Thanabalasingam Balakrishnan, Head of Partnerships for the Make It Right Movement (MRIM) powered by Brickfields Asia College
Fired up by their coaching sessions with Datuk Aznil, the children's performances were also judged on other criteria including stage presence, body language and the creative use of props to bring their stories to life.
The performance by Kaisah Amnani Mohd Khairuddin (8), First Runner Up
Encik Azmir Jaafar, Managing Director of McDonald's Malaysia said that McDonald's is a Company that champions family togetherness. They have always been committed to serving simple, easy and enjoyable moments to their customers and not just through their food, but also the overall McDonald's experience. This contest has been an immense pleasure to organise and they had the privileged to work with the icon for children in Malaysia through their partnership with the deeply adored and widely admired Datuk Aznil Hj Nawawi.
Azmir added that he felt so proud of all the children that have worked so hard and poured their hearts and souls into their performances. It is very heartening to see the amount of raw talent and intense passion present in our children and he was fascinated to see their determination and confidence in performing their stories.
The performance by Farisya Mohd Zaidie (7), Second Runner Up
Ong Yan Han from Penang was crowned as the Grand Prize Winner of McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2016 with his spirited rendition of Jack and the Beanstalk. He wins a family trip for 4 to Warner Bros. Movie World, Australia and RM5,000 worth of prizes for his school. First Runner Up Winner, Kaisah Amnani from Putrajaya walks away with a family for 4 to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Japan and RM3,000 worth of prizes for her school while the Second Runner Up Winner, Farisya Mohd Zaidie from Kota Kinabalu walks away with a family for 4 to Universal Studio Singapore and RM2,000 worth of prizes for her school.
The other 12 consolation prize winners received prize worth RM1,000, RM250 McDonald's gift certificates and book vouchers and stationeries worth RM750.
During the prize giving ceremony, Datuk Aznil also presented the Promising Storyteller Award to 4 consolation prize winners. There are Aiden Pu Chern Wei and Aiden Panchalingam from Petaling Jaya, Vanessa Yap from Seremban and Eva Chung Jie from Kuching. Each of them had received RM500 in cash respectively courtesy of Datuk Aznil.
For more information on the story telling contest, you could visit McDonald's website at www.mcdonalds.com.my/storytellingcontest/.


Congrats to all the winners of McDonald's Storytelling Contest. Mommy Jane and Little Angels were impressed with the performances of all the contestants that did their very best to be in the finale. They had brings the story to live and had made the story a very interesting one. Even a baby aged 1+ who is one of the audience laughing and clapping her hands as she enjoyed listening to the story told by Yan Han. He really deserved to win the Grand Prize and even at the tender age of 6, he is really talented child. Congrats to him and the other top 2 too and enjoy your holidays with your family. Mommy Jane going to train my Little Angels now and hopefully they will be the next winner for McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2017.



23 comments:

  1. Love McDonalds always held contest and charity. This events look so fun for kids. :)

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    1. Chency, kids do enjoy themselves so much.

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  2. Those kids are so cute with their cute costumes. ^^ the baby audience is so cute laugjing on the show. ^^

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    1. Shirley, the baby really cute but at least she able to identify the winner.

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  3. It's good that contests like this one is organized! I remember then I used it take part in story telling competitions !

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    1. Claudine, u must be very talented in story telling. Good to train kids from young.

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  4. I know right! The kids are so talented and cute! I would love to catch them telling story again

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  5. Waa~ Great contest! Those kids sure had a lot of fun.

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    1. Shining, indeed they are. Happiness can be seen at their face. All contestants had did their best.

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  6. Wow, I am impressed just by reading your post! And they came in costumes, too. I would have loved to witness something like this.

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    1. Emily, they are really cute in costumes and good in bringing the characters of their story.

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    2. Emily, they are really cute in costumes and good in bringing the characters of their story.

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  7. Oh wow, that's a lot of money prizes, so generous McDonald's :)

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    1. Ivy, really generous. It attracts lots of participants too.

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  8. so funny! and all the kids super cute!!

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    1. Jez, agreed with you. They really look cute in costume.

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  9. It was a great event to promote kids to public speaking, train to be courage and inspiring :)

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    1. Amelie, the participants really brave to speak out in front of the public. A great effort by McDonalds.

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  10. It's such a fun event. Am sure they must have found lot of jewels in this competition.

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    1. Rainbow, indeed they are. All of them are talented and can be a groom to be a better person in future.

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  11. The contestants all look like winners!! They must have developed so much confidence and had fun during the contest!

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    1. Everest, judge really had a tough times to pick the winners. All indeed talented and had lots of fun.

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