THE Miri Division Lawn Tennis Association (MDLTA) will be able to organise more activities this year thanks to the generosity of donors during a recent fundraiser.
The amount collected will benefit 11 primary schools which have joined the association’s Mini Tennis Red programme as well as fund their junior programmes which are aimed at exposing youngsters to quality tournaments in Malaysia.
MDLTA gave its juniors the opportunity to compete in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Bintulu as part of their development efforts.
The programme was for some 50 players, with some as young as five years old.
The Chinese New Year dinner get-together at Dynasty Hotel Miri was held collectively with the Miri chapters of the Ex-Police Association (PBPM) and Sarawak Alumni Police Association. Its aim was to raise funds for each of the association to run its activities for the year while enabling members of each association to celebrate the new year with friends.
More than 300 guests attended the dinner, including Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association president Datuk Patrick Liew, Sarawak Alumni Police Association president Datuk Abang Abdul Wahab Abang Julai as well as Miri mayor Adam Yii.
Among the highest donors were Datuk Sebastian Ting who donated RM15,000 for the three associations while Datuk Lee Kim Shin forked out RM5,000.
Another local businessmen who contributed was Remang Offshore Supplies Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Billy Usit who donated RM5,000 towards the MDLTA development programme.
Organising chairman of the dinner Han Hipeni, who is also MDLTA president and PBPM chairman, said the yearly celebration has been held since 2014.