Welcome party-cum-charity gala nets funds for cancer research

IT WAS a glamorous evening at the fifth Sime Darby Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Malaysia Charity Gala with international and local female golfers in attendance.

The dinner served as a welcoming party for the golf fraternity to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia golf tournament that is currently being held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club until Sunday.

Themed “Women with Drive”, the charity gala, which was held at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, began with a cocktail reception where guests were able to view the items that were on auction to raise funds for Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (Carif), a Malaysian non-profit organisation.

Among the items that were up for bid were golf equipment and clothing autographed by golfers such as Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer, art pieces by Datuk Sheila Majid and Zainal Abidin based on her album Ku Mohon and his Hijau series respectively, a Fashion Week experience by IMG for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and a mother-of-pearl rose necklace called Noir Et Blanc La Mode (The Style of Black and White).

The presence of Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah Hamidun and Kedah princess Tunku Puteri Intan Shafinaz Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah added a touch of prestige to the event.

The golf stars who attended the event included defending champion Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Jessica Korda and So Yeon Ryu.

Guests also had the chance to meet the Sime Darby Foundation’s sponsored golfers, dubbed the “Malaysian Angels” — Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh, Michelle Low and Aretha Pan — during the event.

To celebrate its fifth year, organiser Sime Darby treated guests to a fine display of fashion and an entertainment extravaganza while they enjoyed a dinner put together by celebrity chef and Masterchef Malaysia Season One winner Dr Ezani Monoto.

Stand-up comedian Harith Iskandar had guests in stitches before Sheila, Ning, Jaclyn Victor and Adibah Noor serenaded the crowd with a captivating performance while models paraded with dresses from local designers Variante, Afiq M, Syomir Izwa and Rizman Ruzaini.

Sime Darby Foundation chairman Tun Musa Hitam said the prestigious tournament had raised more than RM2mil for Carif since 2010.

“The increased awareness and activities during this tournament is a true testament that there is synergy among golf, its athletes and the need to beat this disease through scientific breakthroughs and awareness programmes,” he said.

Sime Darby expected to raise RM150,000 from this year’s auction.

Carif chief executive officer Prof Dr Teo Soo Hwang said the funds raised through Sime Darby LPGA and the charity gala dinner helped reduce the fear of breast cancer in Malaysia and improved access to care and survival rates in Malaysian women.

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