Club hopes to raise RM180,000 with charity golf tourney

(Seated, from left) Tan, Dr Lim and Ho with other association members at a press conference on the charity event.

KIWANIS Club of Taman Sentosa, Johor, is organising a charity golf tournament to fund its training centre for young adults with special needs.

Event organising chairman Vincent Ho said the tournament, scheduled for July 23 at Palm Resort and Country Club in Senai, aimed to raise RM180,000 for the association’s CareHeart training centre.

“This fundraising event will be our first major programme after two quiet years because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Before this, the association relied on golf tournaments, charity dinners and bazaars to raise funds to cover the centre’s monthly expenses of about RM40,000 to RM45,000.

“As many businesses have been hit hard by Covid-19, we did not set a very high target for the charity golf tournament this time round,” he said.

The association, founded in 2000, soon after adopted the CareHeart training centre project which was specially designed to assist mentally-disabled youths including slow learners and those with autism and Down syndrome.

Ho hoped that the golf tournament could attract 200 to 250 players to contribute to the association’s training efforts.

Together with the programme, the organising committee has also introduced special advertising packages ranging from RM500 to RM10,000. The public can also choose to support the centre through donations.

Meanwhile, CareHeart chairman Dr Lim Kock Hwa said the centre currently provided vocational training for 20 students to develop their skills and become self-reliant.

“Pre-pandemic, we had about 80 students training at the centre.

“However, we are expecting parents to send their children back to the centre in phases after this,” he said, adding that the monthly fee for each student is RM350.

The charity golf tournament participating fee is RM380 per person. Closing date for registration is June 30.

For registration and details, call the association’s president Ivy Tan at 019-711 3383.

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