Local charities received a welcome boost today when the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) handed over RM80,000 to four organisations at a presentation ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur. The funds were raised from the BMCC’s 10th Annual Charity Rugby Event which took place in June at the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This brings the total amount raised by the event in its ten year history to close to RM1.35 million.
The chairman of BMCC, Dato’ Larry Gan said the event was another significant milestone in BMCC’s history and, “giving back to the community is an important part of our DNA at the BMCC. We are delighted to have helped raise another sizeable sum in this 10th anniversary year, money that will go towards helping four very worthy causes.”
For its 10th year charity event, the headliners brought down by BMCC were former England players Richard Hill and Ben Kay, and All-Blacks player Eric Rush. Around 425 rugby enthusiasts were entertained with rugby anecdotes from the players at the dinner event which MC Justin Sampson hosted. The RM 80,000 collected which made today’s event possible came from the dinner’s ticket sales, grand charity auction held and raffle tickets sold at the glittering event. Some of the items auctioned this time around included rugby memorabilia, Rugby World Cup packages and luxury holidays.
This year, BMCC has decided to donate the funds for the cause of Dyslexia; day-care centre for disabled and mentally-challenged children and youths; a shelter for underprivileged, abused, abandoned and orphaned children; and a shelter for unwanted animals. The charities selected to receive the funds are Dyslexia Association of Malaysia, Bangsar Ria Centre, Rumah Wawasan and SPCA Selangor.