The upcoming Maybank Malaysian Open 2015 will incorporate a donation drive to raise funds for flood victims in Kelantan.
Spearheaded by the Maybank Foundation through its partnership with MERCY Malaysia, the initiative aims to assist rehabilitation efforts at affected communities in Kuala Krai and Manek Urai. During the tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on February 5-8, spectators who wish to do their bit can participate in the ‘Charity Putt Around the World’ challenge with a minimum donation of RM5. The money raised will be channelled to the flood victims through the Maybank Foundation and MERCY Malaysia.
“I have been following updates on the flood situation but to be here in the midst of it all is heart-wrenching. In this time of need, we as Malaysians should come together to help our fellow Malaysians in need,” said Chia.
Mardan added: “I have never seen anything like this before. The conditions here are worse than I had expected. We have over 100 professional golfers on the Asian Tour and we are going to come together to offer our support to the affected communities.”
The Maybank Foundation is Maybank Group’s vehicle for regional corporate responsibility initiatives, helping to expand the group’s reach across communities in the region by empowering them to build better futures. The foundation recently contributed RM400,000.00 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of a surau affected by the floods in Kuala Krai as well as the Nasunugan Elementary School in Ormoc City which was affected by the Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Shahril Azuar Jimin, CEO of Maybank Foundation, said, “We are pleased to get the support of Maybank Malaysian Open and the golfing community. Through this donation drive, we believe we will be able to make a positive impact on the lives of the affected communities in Kelantan. The support we have gained in these trying times has been overwhelming and it will definitely aid the rehabilitation initiatives that are being carried out through MERCY Malaysia.”
Photo shows Danny Chia, Maybank Foundation CEO Shahril Azuar Jimin, Mardan Mamat and MERCY Malaysia executive director Ahmad Faezal Mohamed presenting daily essentials to one of the flood victims.