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Saturday June 18, 2011
By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ firstname.lastname@example.org
IT WAS a night of good food and entertainment during the launch of the Lejadi Group’s Lejadi Foundation recently.
Over 800 guests were present at the event hosted by Lejadi Group president Tan Sri Dr Lim Ewe Jin, at the Sunway Hotel and Spa in Petaling Jaya.
Guest of honour was Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who also launched the foundation. Also present was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala.
During the launch, the 1MCA Medical Foundation received RM50,000 while the NSTP Charity Fund received RM9,000 for six patients.
The Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation and the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers each received RM2,000.
Six corporations were also awarded Corporate Social Responsibility Lifeline awards in recognition of their support for corporate social responsibility activities and the Lejadi Foundation.
The foundation’s launch has a start-up fund of RM1.02mil which was contributed by Lim, and various associated companies within the Lejadi Group.
Liow said Lejadi Foundation’s activities were initiated seven years ago by Lim, as he had organised more than 10 charity dinners and donated more than RM1mil for worthy causes.
“The group’s assistance is focused towards financing medically-challenged individuals needing critical procedures, funding bright students from poor families and projects aimed at conservation of nature,” he said.
During the event, Lim also auctioned off four items including two Malaysia Airlines return business class tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Guangzhou, China and raised about RM15,000.
The charity dinner featured American rhythm and blues singer Rhona Bennett.
Clad in a leopard print top and tights, the singer entertained the crowd with favourite numbers like Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, Chaka Khan’s Tell Me Something Good, Peggy Lee’s Fever and Estelle’s American Boy.
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