For a good cause

So­cial me­dia users prove that they walk the talk off­line.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE - By SHARMILA NAIR allther­age@thes­

WHAT is the cra­zi­est thing you would do in the name of charity? Well, TV per­son­al­ity Hansen Lee con­ducted an auc­tion in a freez­ing cold venue ... with his t-shirt off. Of course, none of the au­di­ence mem­ber at Twes­t­i­val KL com­plained. Have you seen Hansen’s ripped body? It’s amaz­ing.

Any­way, the ac­tual rea­son why over 220 so­cial me­dia users gath­ered at a shop­ping mall in Kuala Lumpur last Satur­day was to hang out with like minded peo­ple and have lots of fun and more im­por­tant do good. Twes­t­i­val KL, which is part of the global Twes­t­i­val move­ment, brings so­cial me­dia users to­gether to raise funds to ben­e­fit lo­cal char­i­ties and the first Twes­t­i­val KL, or­gan­ised in 2009, raised over RM11, 000.

Hosted by Lee, Elaine Daly and Will Quah, the fifth edi­tion of the event col­lected more than RM30, 000 thanks to the char­i­ta­ble peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions who lent their sup­port to the good cause.

“This is a good way to bring so­cial me­dia users to­gether for a char­i­ta­ble cause. Peo­ple could give di­rect dona­tions or make bids on the items we auc­tioned at the event,” said Twit­ter KL or­gan­iser Niki Cheong.

The au­di­ence mem­bers had the chance to bid on a va­ri­ety of items, in­clud­ing a Hari­mau Malaya jersey signed by two of its play­ers, spon­sored by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions. The at­ten­dees, who had to pay a min­i­mal do­na­tion of RM50 en­try fee, also had the chance to win high-tea lun­cheon vouch­ers, lim­ited edi­tion Mole­sk­ine note­books and smart­phones dur­ing the lucky draw ses­sions.

“Mul­ti­me­dia Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion has pledged to match our fundrais­ing amount up to RM10, 000. All the money that’s raised from Twes­t­i­val KL will go to the charity of our choice,” said Cheong. The pro­ceeds will go to the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Per­sat­uan Kanak-Kanak Is­timewa Hulu Lan­gat in Se­lan­gor which serves as a drop-in cen­tre for chil­dren with spe­cial needs. “They are rais­ing funds to build a one-stop cen­tre and the Twes­t­i­val KL team hopes to con­trib­ute what we can to help the or­gan­i­sa­tion con­tinue to do their good work,” he added.

The crowd was also en­ter­tained by the live per­for­mances by lo­cal artistes such as Elvira, Ray Cheong, Car­men Soo, Vince Chong and Liang. They also had the op­por­tu­nity to meet some of the lo­cal Twit­ter­verse celebri­ties in­clud­ing Cheong, Ja­son Lioh and Chee Ching.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the event, go to www.twes­t­i­

elaine daly and Hansen Lee hosted the auc­tions at Twes­t­i­val

Kuala Lumpur. Lo­cal r&b singer Liang kept the au­di­ence go­ing with his su­perb vo­cal skills. Niki cheong, Twes­t­i­val Kuala Lumpur or­gan­iser, feels that such event is a good way to bring so­cial me­dia users to­gether for a good cause. Wil­lQuah

(left) and elvira paid singer

rm300 Hansen

for to­take­off ... all in his shirt thename

of charity.

So­cial me­dia en­thu­si­asts gath­ered to raise funds for a lo­cal charity home.

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