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Building a better future for children

THE Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja has undertaken a project to build a home for children, together with international visiting Rotarians, in conjunction with its 86th installation dinner. The Rotarians recently gathered at the site for a special tree-planting ceremony to mark the commencement of earthworks for the construction of the home - a joint project with Bandar Raya Develop-ments Bhd (BRDB). Present were Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja president Chan Kam Fatt and BRDB executive chairman Datuk Seri Akbar Khan.

Among the international Rotary dignitaries present were District Governor of Rotary District 3300 Malaysia Datuk Dr Mohinder Singh and District Governor of Rotary District 3830 Philippines Sizanne Sta Maria. "We are excited that after many years of planning, this mega joint project with BRDB is finally taking off. We are grateful for the tremendous support given to us, including Rotarians from our sister clubs," said Chan. The BRDB Rotary Children's Residence will be a home for abandoned children, with the total cost of the land and development amounting to RM10mil. The home will sit on a 3.2-acre land in Seri Kembangan and is scheduled to be opened end of next year. Amenities will include a hostel, dining hall, library, clinic, basketball court, teachers' quarters and administration office.

The home is expected to cater to the needs of around 100 abandoned children through education and extra-curricular activities. "I see our building not as a collection of bricks and mortar, but a home to feel safe and secure in, where such children can begin to rebuild their trust and confidence in society and in the world. "We are proud to be a part of such a noble endeavour with the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja and look forward to replica tag heuer making a difference in the lives of the children of Malaysia," said Akbar Khan. Later, the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja celebrated its 86th anniversary with the installation of Chan and his board of directors for the 2013-2014 term. Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah was the guest of honour. Proceeds from the charity banquet, which was held at a hotel, went towards the BRDB Rotary Children's Residence and the club's Cancer Welfare Fund. During the dinner, RM480,000 was raised for the home and another RM180,000 for the cancer fund.

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