'The Touch' leaves mark on three charities


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 08 May 2003

By SIM LEOI LEOI

PUTRAJAYA: The Touch, the film helmed by Datuk Michelle Yeoh, has certainly left its mark on three charitable organisations. 

The non-profit voluntary organisations – Bakti (Charity and Welfare Organisation of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers), the Malaysian Spinal Injuries Association and the Malaysian Diabetes Association – received a total of RM213,087.99 from the proceeds of The Touch Charity Gala Premiere and charity auction held last year. The three organisations each received RM71,029.33. 

Bakti president Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali received the organisation’s cheque from The Star's group chief editor Datuk Ng Poh Tip at a brief ceremony at Seri Perdana yesterday. 

Also present at the ceremony were Bakti deputy president Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd general manager for personal financial services Rohit Bhargava and Golden Screen Cinemas general manager Irving Chee. 

The premiere was jointly presented by The Star and HSBC. 

Ng said it had been an honour for The Star to be associated with Yeoh’s international movie. 

“It’s been a great pleasure working with HSBC Bank and Golden Screen Cinemas for such a worthy cause,” she added. 

The proceeds were also from an auction of two items from the movie, a Bvlgari-Bvlgari with Tubogas bracelet watch and a Blanc de Chine silk shawl, both of which were worn by Yeoh in the movie and donated by the superstar. 

The watch was auctioned off for RM30,000 while the scarf was bought for RM2,188 by Nancy Yeoh, the group managing director of RA Communications Group. 

FOR THE NEEDY: Ng and Rohit presenting a mock cheque to Dr Siti Hasmah in Putrajaya Wednesday. Looking on are Endon and Chee.

Bakti secretary Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said the funds would be extremely useful for the various charitable and social projects. 

“The monies will also be channelled into our scholarship funds for needy students and emergencies, for instance, during natural disasters,” she said, adding that Bakti was also in the midst of constructing its own community centre in Bukit Kiara. 

“The centre will house all our activities and act as our main office. It will conduct programmes like youth volunteerism, counselling and also have a library,” she added. 

Bakti also received RM100,000 from the Chua Foundation. The donation was handed to Dr Siti Hasmah by Tan Sri Dr Chua Hock Chin and his wife Puan Sri Oh Seong Oon. 

Malaysian Spinal Injuries Association president Wong Nam Sang said the money would be used to establish a halfway house for newly injured patients.  

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