KIWANIS Malaysia District achieved more success with the the opening of its 47th Kiwanis Club in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
The charter ceremony was attended by the division’s lieutenant-governor Eric Low and witnessed by the governor of Kiwanis Malaysia Dr Mario del Castillo and Kiwanis International trustee Koshiro Kitazato from the Japan District.
Members from Kluang, Klang, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh joined Penang members to bear witness.
Koshiro commended Kiwanis Malaysia District on its initiative in starting new clubs, increasing membership and launching innovative projects.
“I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the Kiwanis Ipoh Down Syndrome Centre prior to coming to Bukit Mertajam.
“I congratulate charter president Marwin Yeap and his team on taking up the challenge to start the Kiwanis Club of Bukit Mertajam and bringing the Kiwanis service to children here,” he said.
He added that hundreds of children would benefit from the club’s opening.
Yeap said that his team was committed to making the club one of the best in the country.
“To reflect this commitment, our first funding project will be a fun run for charity which is slated to be held later this year.
“The aim is to raise money to start a Down Syndrome centre to serve families in Prai and Bukit Mertajam,” he said.