PETALING JAYA: It was an afternoon full of musical frisson as Jeffrey Cheah Foundation trustee and Sunway Group executive deputy chairman Tan Sri Razman M. Hashim lent his dulcet tones at a benefit concert for MERCY Malaysia’s Palu Relief Fund.
Organised by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, An Evening of Jazz raised RM100,000 in ticket sales, while the Sunway Group matched the ticket sales with a donation of RM100,000 for the victims of the major earthquake and tsunami which hit Sulawesi in September.
Gracing the event was Sultan of Perak and Deputy Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin.
Razman, performing for the first time for the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, together with The Big Jazz Band of Lewis Pragasam and Professor Don Bowyer, enthralled guests with songs like Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Autumn Leaves.
The audience was also treated to a delightful mix of classical jazz favourites by The Seasons 4 who made a special appearance at the benefit held at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa.
Sultan Sharafuddin, who is the royal patron of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, presented the cheque of RM200,000 to Sultan Nazrin, who is the royal patron of MERCY Malaysia.
Also present was Jeffery Cheah Foundation trustee and Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah.
“While the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation’s core focus is on education, we also want to help those who are affected by natural disasters,” said Cheah.
“We hope that our involvement and financial aid will be able to an extent, support those affected.
“I would also like to thank Tan Sri Razman for volunteering his time to this cause.”
MERCY Malaysia executive director Amran Mahzan thanked those who had contributed generously to the fund.
“The generosity of Malaysians today will be a much needed shining beacon of hope in one of the darkest times for the people of Sulawesi,” he said.
Currently, MERCY Malaysia is providing medical relief, sustainable health related development, and risk reduction activities for the communities affected by the disaster through the Palu Sulawesi Fund.
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