RM126,000 raised at charity dinner in conjunction with International Women’s Day

THE business of raising money is often a serious matter but the Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) had fun and laughter doing it as they successfully raised RM126,000 at a fundraising dinner.

The dinner, aptly titled ‘Happily Ever Laughter Nite’ was held as part of a celebration for the International Women’s Day.

PWW president Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar said the society continued in its efforts to advocate gender equality in society.

“This year, PWW joined 18 other civil society groups through the ‘Wanita Suara Perubahan’ nationwide campaign which stands united in its demands, including an end to violence against women and all genders, a betterment of life and vote for leaders that will uphold the constitutional rights,” she said in her speech during the dinner last Saturday.

She said the proceeds raised would be used to support activities in line with PWW’s mission to improve the life of women and children in Perak.

Pure Life Society president Datin Paduka Mother A. Mangalam, who was present as the guest of honor, commended the society’s efforts and hoped PWW would advocate issues pertaining to women to the Government.

“PWW can suggest to the Government the introduction of topics on family and marriage,the purpose of life and self-management into the school syllabus.

“Such education must start in the school and political will is needed, as without it the root of the problems faced by women cannot be overcome, especially in the case of children and teenagers,” she said.

Another guest of honor, philantrophist Koon Yew Yin who had donated half of the funds raised that night, said the donation was the best investment made.

“This is the best investment I have ever made as women have great potential, just like the English proverb, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world,” he said to thunderous applause.

Guests were then entertained throughout the night with various stage performances, starting with the vibrant dance numbers by D’ Belle Dance Group.

The group showcased sultry belly dancing moves and retro club dances.

Saxophone player Mann G then soothed the audience with his captivating melodies, ranging from Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You to Teresa Teng’s The Moon Represents My Heart.

The guests were also surprised by a flash mob performance by PWW’s committee members.

To cap off the night, The Instant Cafe Theatre Company took over the stage and left the audience in stitches with their witty antics and portrayal of Malaysian life.

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