KUALA LUMPUR: About 300 national athletes turned up on New Year’s Day to help collect donations from the public for the flood victims in the country.
NSC director of organisation and athletes’ affair division Datuk Zaiton Othman said the donation drive, held at the Gymnasium 2 of the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil, was a success.
“We managed to collect RM30,000 in cash and RM150,000 worth of goods from the public as well as from the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM), Astro, the National Athletes Welfare Foundation (Yakeb), national athletes and their parents.
“I am happy with the commitment and passion shown by the athletes. We will continue to collect donations to help the flood victims,” said Zaiton, a former national runner.
Former national footballer Santokh Singh and ex-national sprinter V. Angamah were also seen handing over their donations.
Among the national athletes who were on hand to receive the donation were diver Pandelela Rinong, the 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist, and world No. 7 squash player Low Wee Wern.
Pandelela said she was sad that more than 100,000 people were affected by the floods.
“As Malaysians, it is also the duty of the national athletes to help the victims by giving donations,” said the Sarawakian.
National archer Khairul Anuar Mohamed, who also helped out at the donation drive, said that his house in Kuala Terengganu was inundated by the flood.
“I did my part in donating for the good cause. I will be going back home today to help the flood victims,” said Khairul.
Among the items donated by the public were diapers, infant milk, milk powder, sanitary pad, rice, cooking oil, mineral water, detergent, canned sardines, biscuits, blankets, towels, Milo, tea, coffee and clothes.
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