Sweating Rotary club members? It is a rare sight, but it has happened and many hope will happen more often, especially when charitable works are concerned.
Perspiring Rotarians were very much in evidence when the Rotary Club of Ampang recently staged a 100km cycling felloship in Putrajaya to raise money for education as part of the celebration of Rotary International’s 100 years of service to the community.
The cycling event – four rounds along a 25km long route – was more than an attempt to dispel the notion that Roatarians are old gentlemen who wear suits, have lunch and give away cheques.
Apart from raising RM100,000 for the club’s Education Scholarship Fund, the Centennial Cycling Fellowship that was flagged off by Rotary District 3300 Governor Dr. Mahinder Singh was also to raise the public profile of Roatary and attract new members.
Ampang Club President Donny Kwa led the 111 cyclists, which included Rotarians from Teluk Intan, Kelana Jaya, Gombak, KL North, Port Klang, Putra Jaya, Seremban, Bangsar and KL di Raja in pedalling their way to the charitable target.
At the end of the event, 40 of the bicycles were donated to schools in Dengkil in Selangor and Teluk Intan in Perak through the courtesy of RC Port Klang, Teluk Intan, Putrajaya and Ampang.
Major event at the Rotary International Convention
The cyclathon was recognised as a major event at the Rotary International Convention held in Osaka recently and the Ampang Roatary Club, now 20 years old, was commended for its support of the year-long Rotary centennial celebration which began in February 2004.
HSBC Bank Malaysia later handed over a cheque for RM40,000 in fulfilment of its pledge towards the Ampang club’s education fund, for which the club hopes to raise RM200,000. The cheque was presented by HSBC deputy chairman and chief executive officer Zarir Cama.
Expaining the idea for the fund, Kwa said that at the beginning of every school term, many families could not afford to buy school uniforms or books, pay examination fees, or even give their children pocket money for canteen breaks or meals.
He said the club education committee would work closely with schools to provide assistance to deserving cases.
On the efforts to create greater public awareness of Roatary, Kwa said: “We want to make younger professionals and business people realise that Rotarians do comminity service not only by providing their expertise but by giving their personal time, too.”