Teeing off for charity

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SIX corporations, including Pirelli, a global leader in premium tyres, and motorcycle accessories specialist Givi Asia, recently joined forces to fund community and charitable work carried out by the Rotary Club of Ara Damansara.

The fundraiser was carried out through the inaugural Pirelli Rotary Charity Golf event which saw 128 golfers teeing off at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

The tournament, which was supported by sponsors Inta Bina Group Bhd, LHL Projects Sdn Bhd, Tamago (1 Invention Sdn Bhd), Trade Hunters Sdn Bhd and Jaya Grocer (which contributed goody bags and hampers), raised RM53,898.

Rotary Club president Phoebe Wong, who thanked the sponsors for their contributions in both cash and kind, attributed the success of the project to the close collaboration and hard work of the organising committee led by organising chairman and club secretary Ling Tek Lee.

A big portion of the funds collected was from the corporate sponsors and a charity auction held during the dinner after the tournament. The entrance fees for the tournament also added to the sum raised.

To top it, the turnout from both the golfers and the sponsors was overwhelming and this led to the total amount that superceded the initial target of RM30,000.

“Some examples of our projects include water and sanitation, literacy and education, food subsidy for poor students, youth motivation, leadership training and polio eradication,” Wong said.

The event was well attended by Rotary International District 3300 officials led by district governor Dr Manohur Kurup, district governor-elect Dr Baskaran Krishnan, District governor nominee designate Teoh Kwan Swee and assistant governor Johnson Wey.

The district Rotary leaders later presented tokens of appreciation to representatives from the sponsors.

After the tournament, a team from Pirelli, accompanied by several Rotarians, visited Pusat Jagaan Amal Asyura, an orphanage in Sungai Buloh, to contribute provisions and Hari Raya clothes. They also helped to decorate the orphanage, which provides shelter to 32 children, to spread some festive joy.

On a separate occasion, Givi Asia and the Rotary Club presented three bicycles and sundry provisions to an Orang Asli settlement in Kampung Bertang, Pahang.

This is an ongoing programme because since 2016, 10 Rotary clubs have jointly adopted and helped this community with basic education and literacy programmes.