KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) are still short of funds to host the six-day Far East and South Pacific (Fespic) Games, which begin here on Nov 25.
The MPC need RM10 million to run the Games smoothly and the sponsorships that they had received were mainly in kind.
The MPC acting president, Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin, said that despite signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several key sponsors, the organisers still lacked the cash for the smooth-running of the Games.
“We are doing all we can to bring in the cash,” he said after the signing of MoUs with seven of the 14 main sponsors – Petronas, Telekom Malaysia, Astro, Hi-City Bioscience Bhd, Asia Pacific Sports, Sanyu (Penang) and Access Dinghy Foundation – here yesterday.
“I hope more sponsors from the private sector will come forward to assist us. I hope that together, we can achieve the dreams of our athletes to bring honour to the country despite their disabilities.”
Zainal added that some of the biggest names in Malaysian industry had come to the aid of the MPC in their efforts to fill the coffers to finance part of the cost of staging the 2006 KL Fespic Games but the sponsorships had been in kind.
He said that Malaysia finished 18th in the 43-nation 2002 Fespic Games in Busan and hoped to achieve 10th place in a 47-country field this time.
Meanwhile, sale of tickets for a raffle draw, which was to end yesterday, has been extended to the end of November.
And Zainal said that the draw for the lucky winners would be held on Dec 16 at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.
The prizes are worth more than RM1 million and they include a Mercedes Benz C200, Naza Ria, Perodua Myvi, motorcycles and television sets.
He added that donations from the public of between RM3,500 and RM100,000 for 2006 KL Fespic Games would be tax-exempt. – Bernama
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