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Wednesday January 20, 2010

Dad donates RM2,000 to fulfil son’s wish

GEORGE TOWN: Despite his grief over the loss of his son Jason Ch’ng who died in the dragon boat tragedy on Sunday, Ch’ng Chin Teik has pledged RM2,000 to ensure Jason’s wish to raise funds for charity is fulfilled.

Past District Governor of Lions Club International District 308 B2 Kenneth Saw said Jason, who was president of the Leo Club of Chung Ling High School, was given the go-ahead to lead a charity drive before his term expired in June.

Words of comfort: Ch’ng being consoled by one of his son’s schoolmates at the funeral parlour Tuesday

He said Jason was an active and dedicated leader who came up with the idea to raise funds for several charitable organisations as part of the club’s community programme.

Seeing that his son would now never carry out his plans, Ch’ng gave the club RM2,000.

“We’re very touched by his kind gesture,” said Saw when met at the Kwang Tung and Tengchow Association Funeral Parlour in Mount Erskine here yesterday.

Ch’ng when met, only muttered: “He would have wanted it to continue.”

During the funeral service, members of the Leo Club gathered around Jason’s coffin to sing and read out the “Leo Pledge”.

The crowd shed tears when Leo members cried, “Jason . . . Roar, Roar, Roar” three times before monks performed prayers.

Ch’ng walked around to thank the hundreds of people who turned up at the funeral parlour before the cortege left for the Batu Gantong crematorium.

Chung Ling High School chartered seven buses to ferry more than 300 students and teachers to the funeral parlour and the crematorium.

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