Or­gan­is­ers hope to raise RM1 mln from golf tour­na­ment

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Ja­cob Achoi re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCH­ING: The Char­ity Golf for Ru­ral Kids Ed­u­ca­tion Fund on April 30 hopes to raise about RM1 mil­lion.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas said sup­port for the benevolent fund pro­ject had been over­whelm­ing, with over RM700,000 in con­firmed do­na­tions from gen­er­ous peo­ple across the coun­try.

“The ob­jec­tive of the pro­ject (tour­na­ment) is to raise at least RM500,000, but even be­fore it be­came of­fi­cial, we have re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port with over RM700,000 con­firmed do­na­tions from gen­er­ous donors through­out the coun­try to this benevolent fund pro­ject.

“We are con­fi­dent of rais­ing about RM1 mil­lion to sup­port the ru­ral un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly those badly af­fected by the re­cent flood,” Ug­gah, who is the pa­tron of the tour­na­ment, told a press con­fer­ence at his of­fice in Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Pe­tra Jaya yes­ter­day.

At the press con­fer­ence, sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions also do­nated to the tour­na­ment, in­clud­ing HSBC Bank ( RM100,000), Trade Winds Plan­ta­tion ( RM30,000), Naim ( RM30,000) and Pe­tra En­ergy Bhd ( RM50,000).

Ug­gah said the char­ity golf was mooted by a group of vol­un­teers work­ing in Kuala Lumpur and the state as a cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ( CSR) pro­ject to sup­port the many ru­ral chil­dren who were badly af­fected by dis­as­ters such as flood.

He thanked the spon­sors and or­gan­is­ers of the event, in­clud­ing Sa­ma­ra­han Coun­try Club, where the game will be played.

Ug­gah said the re­cent flood in the state had caused ma­jor dis­rup­tion to many ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and af­fected nu­mer­ous pri­mary schools and stu­dents. He said 112 schools (104 ru­ral schools) and 9,936 stu­dents ( 9,150 ru­ral stu­dents) in the state were af­fected, de­priv­ing school chil­dren of proper fa­cil­i­ties and even ba­sic ameni­ties.

He pointed out that the govern­ment has a heavy re­spon­si­bil­ity of restor­ing, re­build­ing and re-es­tab­lish­ing the schools and com­mu­ni­ties af­fected and it is do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to as­sist, adding that as min­is­ter in charge of the state dis­as­ter man­age­ment com­mit­tee, he has first-hand knowl­edge of the flood sit­u­a­tion and their ef­fect.

He said the govern­ment needs the sup­port from ev­ery­one to help peo­ple in the af­fected ar­eas.

Ug­gah (sec­ond left) re­ceives the do­na­tion from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of HSBC.

Ug­gah (sec­ond left) re­ceives the do­na­tion from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Naim.

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