WORLD Vision Malaysia celebrated 20 years of service to marginalised communities across the world with a fundraising dinner held at HGH Convention Centre in Sentul.
Attended by more than 800 sponsors, donors and supporters, the dinner, themed “Love Conquers All”, raised over RM380,000 for water and healthcare projects benefiting children and families in India and South Africa.
The evening was helmed by Gurmit Singh (best known as Phua Chu Kang) who, together with local celebrities such as Francissca Peter, Owen Yap and sand artist Loong Bee, entertained guests with their anecdotes, songs, banter and skills.
Gurmit said he was humbled to be part of World Vision Malaysia’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
“Regardless of our station in life, I believe each of us can bring good for the betterment of those who need it. I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to do my bit for those who are marginalised,” he said.
Over the course of 20 years, World Vision Malaysia has reached out to children and communities in more than 18 countries through its Area Development Programmes (ADP).
Working within the communities and with local governments, World Vision Malaysia implemented various educational and skills programmes, health and water projects, child and women protection workshops to equip local communities with the knowledge and skills necessary for long-term sustainability.
World Vision Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk K.J. Abraham said thanks to the generosity and support of Malaysians, World Vision Malaysia has been able to reach out and make a tangible difference in the lives of over hundreds of thousands of children in more than 40 ADP.
“This is truly love in action and proof that love conquers,” he said.