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Ready for the ride: Some 600 guests at the charity gala themed ‘An Evening on the Eastern & Oriental Express’.
PERHAPS it was the influence of the theme, but guests at the SapuraKencana Petroleum Malaysia Grand Prix Charity Gala 2013 on Thursday evening will remember the event as an unforgettable ride.
Themed “An Evening on the Eastern & Oriental Express”, the glamorous event hosted by Sepang International Circuit witnessed a line-up of international celebrities, including Kimora Lee Simmons, Josh Hartnett, Teri Hatcher and Earth Wind & Fire percussionist and vocalist Ralph Johnson, walking the red carpet.
The stars appeared perfectly at home as they graciously took photos with some
of the guests before being whisked away to meet the guests of honour, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah.
Also present at the gala dinner were some of the stars of the track, who will be racing at the Malaysian Grand Prix tomorrow.
They included Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.
The guests were treated to an engaging performance by Babyface, which included a duet with Datuk Siti Nurhaliza.
Some guests also showed their charitable side during the silent and live auction, where some RM200,000 was raised for the National Heart Institute (IJN) Foundation.
“We never turn away anyone seeking treatment at IJN. While it is a government hospital, there is still the matter of paying for medication and the special equipment that a needy patient cannot afford. This is where we step in,” foundation chairman Toh Puan Dr Aishah Ong said, thanking the donors for their generosity.
She added that last year, IJN had disbursed RM4mil under the foundation’s Patient Assistance Programme for the treatment of 182 needy patients.
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