Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Dato' Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman B. Haji Abbas, Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang was the Guest of Honour at the official launching of the Lions GTM-Pantai Penang Medical Fund held at the Pantai Hospital Penang on 02 November 2010. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to needy patients in need of expensive surgical procedures at the Pantai Hospital Penang. For this purpose, the hospital has pledged to offer the cheapest and lowest medical rates for these patients.
|TYT Tun Dato' Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman B. Haji Abbas, Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang launching the fund with other V.I.Ps.|
The Gods were kind to the Lions as the weather was cool without any rain throughout the launching ceremony although it was raining quite heavily earlier in the morning.
|Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on 15 May 2010|
(L - R: PCC Allan Cheah, President Alan Cheah, Dato' Dr. Godfrey Geh and Mr. Lai Yeu Kong)
The Lions GTM-Pantai Penang Medical Fund was planned about a year ago during the presidency of IPP Alan Cheah and a Memorandum of Understanding was inked during the Club's 22nd Charter Anniversary on 15 May 2010 at the Eastin Hotel, Penang. The MOU was signed by then Club President Alan Cheah and PDG Dato' Khoo Kay Huat representing the Club and Dato' Dr. Godrey Geh Sim Wah and Mr. Lai Yeu Kong representing Pantai Hospital, Penang witnessed by then LCI's International Director Hajjah Ellis Suriyati and District Governor Choong Kwei Loi. Amongst the first donors towards the fund was the then International Director Hajjah Ellis Suriyati who generously donated RM1,000.00 immediately after the MOU signing ceremony.
|The Lions GTM-Pantai Penang Medical Fund Management Committee (L-R: ZC Alan Cheah (Fund Raising); Pres. Tina Tan; PP Joe Quah (Treasurer); PCC Allan Cheah (Investigation); PDG Dato Khoo (Chair); Mr. Lai Yeu Kong (Dy. Chair); Mr. Ganesh Rao (PR); Ms. Nicole Yong (Secretary) and Mr. Pan Wan Lek (Sponsorship)|
The Official launching of the fund was the culmination of the hard work and efforts of the Fund's managment committee chaired by PDG Dato' Khoo Kay Huat. At the time of the launch, the Committee had succeeded in raising RM75,000.00 out of the targetted RM200,000.00 goal. A medical exposition featuring free medical and health checks by Pantai Hospital staff as well as display of health and medical products was held at the Hospital's Medical Mall in conjunction with the launching of the fund.
Numerous Lions dignitaries, Cabinet Officers and Lions, Lionesses and Leos turned up to witness the launch in support of the Lions Club of George Town Mutiara including District Governor Hudson Hah who delivered a speech representing the Lions during which he pledged a contribution of RM1,000.00 towards the fund.
The fund's management committee also presented to the audience the first beneficiaries of the fund who will undergo cataract surgery at the Hospital.
|Arrival of TYT Tun Dato' Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman B, Haji Abbas at Pantai Hospital, Penang.|
|TYT Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang & VIPs on stage at the launching ceremony.|
|The audience at the launching ceremony...|
|Donors at the mock cheque presentation ceremony.|
|Donors at mock cheque presentation ceremony...continued|
|TYT Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang at the medical exposition after the launching ceremony.|
|The STAR 03 November 2010|