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The best part was definitely when the prime minister spoke. What an honor for Australia to donate $100 million towards our primary cause.
It was also very informative. I learned a lot about fellowship, friendship, and service. The videos and images gave a great visual of what we do and who we are.
-Major R. Chandra Sekharan, Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani, Malaysia
As the sun rises it is noticeable we are in a new country. Tangled power cables line the street above us, the clothing people wear is much more casual and ordering breakfast involves a lot more pointing than normal. We have arrived in Thailand after one month battling the heat of Malaysia and the set-backs that the start of an expedition such as this inevitably brings. The arrival of Thailand has bought with it some much needed cooler temperatures which makes cycling and sleeping much easier.
The universal sign language of pointing and smiling. - We are making the most of this when ordering food.
The previous leg took us from Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Petani and from there on to Phuket, Thailand. Our biggest challenge on this leg was high temperatures which peaked at 47°C above the road surface. Water consumption often topped twelve litres a day and sun cream consumption was also high. Before Sungai Petani Paul experienced the first small accident of the expedition as his front wheel collided with the back of a scooter. Both riders were partly at fault but it was Paul’s front wheel that came off worse from the incident. Thankfully a rather skilled bicycle mechanic managed to bend the wheel back into shape so the bike is fully fit again! As for Paul, he is nursing a grazed elbow and a few bruised ribs but came out relatively unscathed thanks to a rather acrobatic dismount which would have made Jackie Chan proud.
Scooter vs. Bicycle… Scooter always wins. - As Paul found out.
Nonetheless, our stay in Malaysia has been an incredible experience, mainly thanks to the hospitality of the locals. A huge thanks to the Rotarians of The Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani, not only for hosting us during our visit but also for showing us some of the amazing charity projects which their Rotarians and Rotary Club supports such as a children's tuition centre, school for the mentally handicapped and an old peoples home - the details of which are given below.
Children’s tuition centre – Helps children from underprivileged families do their homework (tuition is very popular in Malaysia). The tuition centre has 87 pupils attending and is staffed by voluntary teachers. Unfortunately poor children in Malaysia are highly influenced by people to traffic drugs for income, which can stop study at an early age. The tuition centre aims to inspire children to stay in education and have a better future.
School for the mentally handicapped – The school is open to children between the ages of 5-23 and the teaching syllabus aims for the children to become self-sufficient by the time they finish the school. The school is partially funded by the government; however the school requires a lot of funding from private sources such from local Rotary and Lions Clubs etc.
Old peoples home – What was extremely interesting when visiting this old people’s home was that they were all Chinese! Even today the Malaysians are very racially segregated. 70% of the population are Malays, 20% are Chinese and 10% are Indians. The race you’re born into sadly determines the rights the person has.
Whilst in Sungai Petani we also presented our project at their Rotary meeting – which was attended by Rotarians from the whole region, some of whom had travelled for two hours to attend! During our presentation we demonstrated the Aquafilter which is sent out in every Aquabox. The Rotarians were amazed by its ease of use and effectiveness – there was even a round of applause as Paul drunk clean water filtered by the Aquafilter, which moments earlier had been filled with dirt and leaves. The Aquafilter has been of great use to us on the expedition, allowing us to obtain safe drinking water from any water source – and you need a lot of water when cycling in 45°C+ heat!
Having rested the past two days in Phuket our legs are back to full strength and ready for the next, and likely the most challenging leg of the expedition – 900 km to Bangkok over six days of cycling. We are preparing ourselves for a gruelling week on the saddle as the monotonously flat terrain may start to give way to some steeper sections. We look forward to the next set of challenges which lie on the road ahead.
Pictures clockwise:Paul and David cycling in 45°C+ heat; President of The Rotary Club of Sungai Petani – Arvind U Gopi Kumar with David at the Rotary meeting; Arja with some of the children at the tuition centre for underprivileged children; Arja and David making good use of the Aquabox to obtain some clean water
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Pantai Hospital Sungai Petani and Khazanah IHH Healthcare Fund Lists Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani as a Partner for its Fund
Metro Specialist Hospital Charity Dinner Raised RM 65,000 for donation to various organizations and schools
Metro Specialist Hospital, the first Private Hospital in Sungai Petani, Kedah, celebrated its 18th Anniversary with a Charity Dinner on 23rd July, 2011. The event received very strong support from the community and business fraternity as it successfully raised a total of RM65,000.00 for charity. The hospital management distributed it to various organizations and schools during the Dinner as a way of discharging its Corporate Social Responsibility to give back to society. The organizations which benefited from the event included Beng Siew Dialysis Centre which received RM30,000.00, Kelab Pendidikan dan Kebajikan Puncak in Merbok received a sum of RM10,000.00. Other recipients included SJK Tamil Ladang Kuala Muda, SMJK Sin Min, GOSM Eagle Land II Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Lions Club Sungai Petani and the Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani each received RM5,000.00. The donations were given out by the Managing Director, Dr. Lim Kok Ewe in the form of Mock Cheques Presentation during the Charity Dinner. Executive Director, Dr. Tneoh Shen Jen in his speech said that Metro Hospital had a humble beginning in the year 1993 when it started operation with only 2 units of shop houses with 4 specialists. Over the years, it has evolved into a sizable hospital with its own building comprising 119 beds with 22 specialists. The success of Metro Specialist Hospital was attributed to the confidence and support shown by the community in the region at large, without which, we would not be what we are today. He affirmed that Metro Specialist Hospital will continue to provide excellent health care services to the community in Sungai Petani and the Kuala Muda region at affordable prices. The Hospital will continue to improve to update its facilities by investing in more advance equipment, upgrading the services of medical staff and specialists including to increase its bed size to meet the growing healthcare needs of the community. In conjunction with the Charity Dinner, the management and staff of Metro Specialist Hospital organized a Concert with interesting programs which included beautiful presentations on International Latin Dances, Choir presentation, solo performances, piano recital, rock & roll dance and the impressive presentation by the Chinese Orchestra from SMJK Sin Min. (Translated from Guang Ming Daily dated 28 July, 2011)
Red is the colour of prosperity, the colour of love and now there is an addition to this list, R.E.D Association – RED being an abbreviation of Reach out, Embrace and Deliver. This is an association formed by the medical students of AIMST University in Sungai Petani, Kedah, under the umbrella of MEDSA (medical students association of AIMST University), which aims to provide financial aid to the needy and deserving patients of Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim ( Sungai Petani )and Hospital Sultan Bahiyah (Alor Setar). Applications for help, processed through social welfare units, will be assessed for eligibilit y by a panel of doctors on the basis of specified criteria.
The launch of this association was held in the Great Hall of AIMST University on the 21st of April 2011.The launch was officiated by Prof K.R.Sethuraman (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and International affairs, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Patron RED association) along with Senior Associate Professor Dr.R.Premkumar (Registrar, AIMST University and Dean of School of Business Management), Dr P.K Rajesh (Deputy Dean, Pre-clinical Studies and Advisor, RED association), Ms Ooi Guat Poh (representative from Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah) and Mdm Oh Siew Lee ( representative from Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim). Faculty, staff, students and members of the public numbering more than 1100 people participated in the launch.
The patron, the advisor and the guests of honour hit the gong to mark the launch of the Red Association and also the Music of Hope Charity Night. The staff and students of AIMST University showcased their immense talent in music/drama and meaningful humour to keep the 1000 plus crowd enthralled for more than 3 hours. The president of Red Association, Ms.Yee Thean Sim, said that the idea of this association came to her and her friends over a talk over coffee. According to her, “it was a dream come true as I never thought that my deepest desire could be realised”. She further thanked the kind and generous sponsors of
‘music of hope’ – but for them the event would not have taken place. The Red Association aims to take pledges from people from all walks of life with the noble intention of reaching out a helping hand.
AIMST is the first medical university in Malaysia to establish such a fund-raising organization, and they hope to spread the R.E.D spirit to other medical colleges as well, eventually leading to a nationwide collaborative effort uniting all the medical students in this country for a noble cause.
Potential philanthropists can contact Dean’s office, Faculty of Medicine,AIMST University Mr.Azhar Bin Ghouse, External Auditor, Red/Asst.Registrar, Faculty of Medicine-04-429800 (Ext-8123)
Dr.P.K.Rajesh, Advisor Red/Deputy Dean Preclinical, Faculty of Medicine-04-429800 (Ext-
R.E.D was in news in most Malaysian dailies.
R.E.D co-organized the Ramli Ibrahim Odissi-stirred program on 16 July 2011
R.E.D members were involved in many medical camps
R.E.D did its bit to help the Thailand flood victims by launching a collection drive coordinating with Rotary club of SP Bandar
Source: AIMST University Faculty of Medicine Newsletter Volume 3 (March 2011 – Dec 2011)
On 31st Oct 2011, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) team of Fuji Electric Malaysia launched a plant wide donation drive to collect cash for the flood victims in Thailand. This activity was organized in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Kulim and Sungai Petani, Kedah (local Non-Governmental Organization).Within a short time frame of four days, the team had successfully collected RM 5,000.00 from the employees; and the Management generously contributed a matching amount to top up the total amount to RM 10,000.00.
With the assistance of Rotary Club of Kulim, we purchased 1666 cartons or about 40,000 bottles of 500ml mineral water. On 4th of Nov 2011, our donations were handed over to Mr. BH Lee, President of Rotary Club, Kulim who assisted us to channel our donation direct to the affected victims in Bangkok. On 7th Nov 2011, our container of the mineral waters made its journey to the affected area in Bangkok. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all flood victims in Thailand and we pray for their speedy recovery from this devastating disaster.
THE newly formed Rotary Club of Sungai Petani had a promising start with good support from Rotary Clubs near and far during its Charter Night.
The event drew a good turnout by members of the Rotary Clubs in the northern states. There were others who came from Klang and Gombak.
Sungai Petani Rotary Club was the brainchild of Dr Baskaran Gobala Krishnan.
It was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Butterworth and was officially chartered on June 15, 2010, with 27 charter members.
Charter president Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam was installed by the guest of honour District Governor Leslie Salehuddin before some 240 guests who turned up for the function at the Swiss Inn hotel.
In his maiden speech, Datuk Subramaniam hailed the spirit and dedication of the members.
He expressed confidence that with the combination of the older, experienced members and the younger ones, the Rotary Club of Sungai Petani would go on to achieve great heights.
He thanked the vice-president and chairman of the Charter Night organising committee, Arvind U. Gopi Kumar, for making the event a success.
District Governor Leslie Salehuddin expressed his pride at being able to charter a club during his term as the last club to be chartered in the District was in 2008.
The District Governor ended his speech by handing over the Charter from Rotary International to the Charter president.
The festivities continued with the ex- changing of banners between the Rotary Club of Sungai Petani and the visiting Rotary Clubs followed by dinner and fellowship.