KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Charity Golf for Rural Kids Education Fund raised over RM1.1mil in cash collection to help some 10,000 flood-affected students from more than 120 schools in the state’s interior.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, patron of the event, also chipped in RM10,000 to the cause. The affected schools were hit by flood between January and March.
Uggah said he was happy that the tournament managed to hit its RM1mil target as well as attracting strong support from people and organisations across the country.
He hoped the tournament could be turned into an annual programme.
“There was a report in 2015 which ranked Malaysia as among the top 10 most generous countries in the world. The money raised through this event is a testament to that.
“People from all walks of life and businessmen from throughout the country turned up to support the cause. Most do not even know the location of the flood-affected areas, yet they come to assist.
“It is a noble effort on their part and we appreciate the generosity,” Uggah said after the tournament at Samarahan Country Club here.
The fund will be channelled to MyKasih Foundation, which will work with the state to disburse the aid such as exercise books and stationeries.
Being an established entity, Uggah said MyKasih had a strong track record and a proven transparent system to ensure the aid would reach its targetted group.
He also called on more corporate bodies, NGOs and members of the public to be involved in charity work to help those in need.
Last Thursday, Star Foundation, the charitable arm of Star Media Group Bhd, Orando Holdings, Shell Malaysia and ROC Oil, each donated RM30,000 to the fund, while Asia Pacific Investment Bank and CIMB Islamic Bank contributed RM50,000 each.
The winner of the tournament was Dr Chen Shiun, the general manager (research and development) of Sarawak Energy. Also present at the event was Datuk Richard Lee, the organising chairman of the Rural Kids Education Fund.
He initiated the charity golf tournament in February to raise RM1mil for rural students affected by floods. About 50 men and women participated in the competition.
On another note, Uggah said the state government was looking to set up a highland development agency, which is similar to the Upper Rajang Development Authority (Urda) under the Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda), to oversee development in the upper interior regions such as Baram.
He added that the proposal would be put forward to the Chief Minister after discussing with elected representatives from the region.