TWO decades of dedication towards a cause has greatly benefited those under the care of Ti-Ratana Welfare Society.
The society recently celebrated its Emerald Anniversary with a fundraising dinner attended by 1,450 supporters at Menara PGRM in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
The night involved performances and an auction to celebrate those who have championed the efforts of the welfare society for 20 years, while raising funds for future projects including a home for the elderly.
The celebration was themed “Unity Through Love” to mark the multicultural background of the society and its volunteers, as well as the individuals they have helped out.
Ti-Ratana president Datuk K.K. Chai said the organisation believed that unity was vital for the nation as it bound people together to ensure that they moved forward in the same direction.
“Only by doing so can there be progress, growth and harmony,” he stressed.
The welfare society, Chai said, was formed and registered on Feb 9, 1994 and the first home was officially opened in Taman Salak South on June 21, 1997.
“Through our years of hard work and dedication, we have managed to expand to a number of buildings in Taman Salak South, with a home for boys, one for girls, another for senior citizens, as well as a shelter for abused women.
“We ask for people from all walks of life to come forward not only to contribute financially but also to give their time and effort to make Ti-Ratana a better place for all its residents,” he said.
On the home for the elderly, Ti-Ratana founder Most Venerable Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana, who is also the Chief High Priest of Malaysia, said it would be a five-storey building, called Senior Sanctuary, that could accommodate at least 500 occupants.
“Right now, we have 180 senior citizens but with the new building, we will be able to help more.
“According to the technical committee, we need about RM12mil to complete the building, but we have only about RM6mil.
“I always say that with one finger we cannot do many things, but with five fingers, we can do wonders,” he said, reiterating his belief that more funds could be raised.
“I am not expecting the story to end after celebrating 20 years. No, I want it to continue for many generations,” he added.
Representing Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as guest of honour was Second International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.
Reading out a speech by Dr Ahmad Zahid, Ong said: “As the saying goes, ‘charity begins at home’, and for this ceremony, ‘home’ symbolises Malaysia as a whole nation.
“Ti-Ratana Welfare Society has always been recognised as being among the most proactive and eminent charity organisations in the country.
“It is indeed very challenging and requires the highest commitment from every volunteer and donor who fiercely abides by the principle of helping the less fortunate.”
Ong added that the Government welcomed volunteer groups to help those in need to perform their daily routine, highlighting the Social Welfare Department’s Home Help Service Programme.
“We are committed that no particular group should be marginalised from societal care,” he read.
During the festivities, TS Law Group also presented Ti-Ratana a cheque for RM500,000. Guests were also treated to a lucky draw with the top prize sponsored by Poh Kong Jewellers.
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