TEMERLOH: Strong support from sponsors and the public saw over RM50,000 raised during the annual fundraising dinner by the Rotary Club of Temerloh.
Held at a restaurant in Mentakab near here, the charity dinner and gathering was also organised as an early Chinese New Year celebration.
Club president Patrick Lim Sek Min said the main purpose of the programme was to raise funds for its yearly activities to benefit the communities.
“We also seized this opportunity to usher in the Year of the Rat, which is fast approaching.
“As most of us will be busy making preparations to celebrate with family members, we decided to hold this event much earlier this year, ” he said.
Among those present to lend support were club vice-president Datuk Hiang A Li, public relations director Datuk Seiko Chew Kim Pong, local community leaders and Rotarians from other states.
Lim thanked all parties, including sponsors and club members for helping to make the programme a success.
He said the club was set up some 40 years ago and over the years, had carried out numerous community-related and charitable programmes to benefit the needy and less fortunate in the district.
“Currently, we are embarking on a ‘Clean Water Supply’ initiative to assist 55 households in an Orang Asli settlement in Kampung Sendayan.
“This project will cost up to RM220,000 and to be carried out in four phases, ” he said, while urging the public to continue in giving them full support to realise all the club’s long-term initiatives.
Separately, Hiang said the “Back to School” programme to assist Orang Asli pupils would continue to be held.
“For this year, we have identified about 200 pupils in several schools in Temerloh and Mentakab.
“They will be given a set of school uniform, shoes and a bag to lessen the burden of their parents, ” he said, adding that the programme was expected to cost them RM20,000.
Hiang said they would also carry on with the “Rotary Kasih” programme to provide financial aid of RM80 per month to 50 deserving students from poor backgrounds.He said the recipients would be given a ‘Rotary Kasih Card’ each for their expenses in school canteen and school cooperative bookstore. “Under another initiative called the “Rotary Education Fund”, we will give out a financial aid of RM100 per month and mentor some underprivileged Form Four and Form Five students in Temerloh in order for them to achieve their full potential.
“The theme is ‘A Better Start, A Better Life’ as education is the key out of poverty and to attain a better future, ” Hiang added.
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