Raising Down Syndrome awareness


Sponsors for the 36th Kiwanis Motor Treasure Hunt 2019 with Yeoh (centre)

Sponsors for the 36th Kiwanis Motor Treasure Hunt 2019 with Yeoh (centre)

THE Kiwanis Motor Treasure Hunt is back for its 36th edition to raise funds for the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation-National Centre (KDSF-NC).

Themed “The Orient Connection”, the hunt is organised by the Kiwanis Club of Kuala Lumpur (KCKL) and will take place from May 4 to 6. An estimated 500 people of all ages are expected to participate in about 150 cars driving from KL to Penang.

Organised in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day, which is observed on March 21 every year, the longest-running motor treasure hunt in the country hopes to raise awareness of the congenital disorder caused by an extra 21st chromosome.

Part of the funds from the hunt will be channelled to other community service projects undertaken by KCKL.

The organising team and Ling (centre) with children from the KDSF-NC football club at the official launch of the 36th Kiwanis Motor Treasure Hunt 2019.

The organising team and Ling (centre) with children from the KDSF-NC football club at the official launch of the 36th Kiwanis Motor Treasure Hunt 2019.

Organising chairman Loo Say Beng said the centre with special learning facilities and services for children with Down Syndrome has seen a consistent enrolment of up to 150 children and operational costs per annum is more than RM1mil.

The centre, which is in its 30th year of operation, conducts an early intervention programme for children with Down Syndrome below seven years old.

A long-term supporter of KDSF-NC, LBS Bina Group Bhd, through its philanthropic arm, the LBS Foundation, returned for the 13th year as the gold sponsor and presented RM30,000 to the KDSF-NC.

LBS Bina subsidiary MGB Bhd is one of the silver sponsors, contributing RM20,000 to the fundraiser.

LBS Foundation Chair of Trustees and MGB Group managing director Tan Sri Lim Hock San said, “Kindness creates a positive ripple effect. As we continue to grow, we also want to share and give back to communities in need.

“We hope this will create a cycle of positivity and that more will come forward to learn and understand about Down Syndrome, and in turn play a role in making the world kinder.”

The treasure hunt was officially launched by Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh and witnessed by centre patron Toh Puan Ena Ling.

For details or to register, visit www.kckl.org.my or call 03-7958 3655 (Tang Kwai Ying).

Southern & Eastern Region