THE Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Penang branch paid tribute recently to its loyal and committed volunteers and a company, for helping to raise funds for MRCS in conjunction with its annual fund-raising dinner at Hotel Equatorial recently.
The three recipients were corporate figure Datuk Hitoshi Ishimori who was awarded the Excellence Service Award while Ang Tiang Soon and Michael Wang Tzer Huey were both awarded the Special Award for Benefactors.
Penang-based Renasas Semi-conductor (M) Sdn Bhd (formerly, Hitachi Semiconductor), of which Ishimori is the managing director, was awarded the “Special Award for Benefactors” due to its role in helping to raise funds for MRCS.
Ishimori, who is also the organising committee chairman for the fund-raising dinner, said it was important for MRCS members to be acknowledged as the society, which was not given government grants, relied on fund-raising efforts of its members.
“The society needs funds to finance its public and welfare services, ambulance service and first aid training and for that we thank the public for their generous support and contributions in the past,” he said.
Ang and Wang, who are both directors of Renasas, had joined MRCS as volunteers in 1993 and had been the pillars of strength in fund-raising efforts for the society.
Ishimori had also motivated his dinner committee to successfully raise RM100,000 for the dinner, which was attended by MRCS patron Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, State Legisla-tive Assembly Speaker Datuk Yahaya Abdul Hamid who represented Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, MRCS natio-nal chairman Tan Sri Tunku Shahriman Tunku Sulaiman and MRCS, Penang branch chairman Ir Saw Ewe Yong.
The dinner was a gala event with a fashion extravaganza featuring former Malaysian beauty queens such as Miss Malaysia Global Queen 2001, Miss World Model Champion-ship 2002, Miss Malaysia International 2001 and Ford Supermodel of The World who were dressed in haute-couture designed by top designers like Richard Rivaldi, Randy Goh and Jasmina Biru.
Guests were feted with an eight-course dinner and lucky draws, of which the grand prize was a return air ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Narita, courtesy of Japan Airlines.