THE Perak Wushu Lion and Dragon Dance Federation will hold a charity dinner in November to raise funds to set up its training centre.
Federation president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said they plan to raise about RM300,000 to pay for a piece of land in Pasir Pinji and also to build the training centre there.
“We have already paid RM5,000 as deposit for the land, which is adjacent to the current Ma Ching Sports Club hall.
“We still need to pay about RM130,000 to acquire the land,” he said after presenting medals to winners of the Perak Youth Wushu Carnival Championship tournament at Wisma Sukan Perak on Sunday.
“The remaining funds will be used to build the training centre,” he added.
Dr Mah said the training centre was needed as its members lack a proper venue to practise in.
He said that there’s been a decline in the sports in the state and hopes to revive it.
“I took over the helm as the federation president to help revive it.
“The state used to produce a significant number of champions for Malaysia but there has been a decline,” he said.
“Once my job is done, I will step down and pass the baton to others,” he added.
Dr Mah said the federation would actively look for recruits to join them and increase the level of participation by the younger generation.
“We plan to go to schools to identify these youths.
“Wushu is one sport that can bring out positive aspects in people. It can boost confidence and also helps one stay healthy,” he said.
About 250 participants took part in over 25 categories during the two-day tournament that was held on Aug 15 and 16.
Among the categories were chang quan, sanda, taiji jian, nanjun and chuji gunshu.