A shot in the arm for tennis

Leonard Ariff (second from left) presenting a mock cheque to Mirzan during an event in Kuala Lumpur. Looking on are Duopharma Biotech Bhd general manager Shamsul Idham Ahad (left), LTAM honorary secretary Rahizam Rahim (second from right) and Duopharma Biotech Bhd chief commercial officer Billy Urudra.

EFFORTS to encourage and unearth more budding talents to take up tennis with the hope of representing the nation in the future were given a shot in the arm when children health supplement brand Champs pledged RM50,000 for the organising of the First Serve Tennis Malaysia Kid’s Grand Prix 2019.

The national tennis development programme, to be organised by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) throughout the country this year, will provide free lessons to children aged below 12 who are interested in tennis and, more importantly, help lay down the foundation for the children to develop core values such as self-respect, self-confidence and positive thinking on and off the court.

Duopharma Group managing director Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar said the contribution complemented the brand’s mission of providing the best in the development of children’s well-being, be it mentally or physically.

“We are delighted to be given the opportunity to share our goals with LTAM, via the First Serve Programme, as Champs has always promoted optimal health and growth of children to prepare them to become future leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

“We look forward to assisting LTAM in making the First Serve Programme a meaningful and

successful initiative as the association sets to make its rounds across the country to inculcate the love of tennis among children.

“We are proud to add another feather to our cap by collaborating with LTAM to promote tennis to children in every part of the country.

“It is our hope that through efforts such as the First Serve Programme, we are able to produce tennis champions who will make the country proud in the global arena one day and help position the sport ahead of popular sports in Malaysia such as badminton, football and squash.”

LTAM president Mirzan Mahathir received the RM50,000 sponsorship from Leonard Ariff at a ceremony.

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