Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lions Club raises RM80,000, PKR donates RM10,000

AFTER raising RM80,OOO, the Lions Club of Bayan Baru organised a humanitarian mission to the Thai military camp in Songkhla, Thailand to deliver drinking water, instant noodles, diapers and other necessities.

The club’s Thailand Flood Relief Fund organising chairman Khoo Choon Aun said the visit on Oct 30 was facilitated by the Royal Thai Consulate, Penang.

He said the mission involved a convoy of three trucks and four cars led by the club’s president Datuk Goh Eng Hoe.

Khoo also said the convoy was escorted by the Thai Military Police from Bukit Kayu Hitam to the military camp in Hatyai where they were warmly received by the head of the military camp Colonel Tanin Suwankadee.

He said the aid was handed over to the military, on behalf of the Thai people.

“The mission spent RM50,000 on buying the essential items while the balance RM30,000 was donated to the Rajaprayanugroh Founda-tion,” Khoo said, adding that Thai consul-general Voradet Viravakin had received the RM30,000 cheque on behalf of the foundation on Oct 29.

The club had raised the funds by way of a fund raising campaign during the Bukit Jambul Hikethon on Oct 23.

“We are still continuing with the campaign until the situation in Thailand improves,” said Khoo, who is also the club’s immediate past president.

For those who are interested to help and donate to this cause, contact Khoo at 012-4215252 or Wong at 012-4918721.

Separately, the Penang PKR contributed RM10,000 to the Thai flood victims.

Half of the money was collected from its members and the other half raised in a charity sale recently.

Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mansor Othman, who is Penang PKR chairman, handed over the amount to Thai Consul-General Voradet Viravakin at the Thai Embassy on Tuesday.