Petaling Jaya, August 23, 2005 – The Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities Fund of Malaysia (RMHC) today proudly announced its 15th anniversary amid much fanfare. The event was held at the One Utama Shopping Center in Petaling Jaya.

For 15 years, RMHC has been putting smiles on the faces of Malaysian children by extending a helping hand to the less fortunate in three main areas: health, education and social services.

In the area of health, in 1999, RMHC built the Ronald McDonald House located at the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for families whose children suffer from serious illnesses and need long-term treatment at a hospital.

The Ronald McDonald House – Hospital UKM (RMH-HUKM), which started in 1999, is not only the first to be built in Malaysia, but is also the first and only one in the ASEAN region.

“We are happy that in its first year alone, RMH helped more than 100 families, proving that there is a need for such a facility here. Since its inception, the house has been providing a safe haven and a home away from home for the children in need." says Fadillah Yakin, President of RMHC.

In the area of education, RMHC started its own scholarship program called the RMHC TUNAS WAWASAN in 1997. The program was designed to assist students with academic potential from low-income families nationwide to afford to go to school and stay there.

Each year RMHC also organises fun events and parties during festive seasons to show the less fortunate children in hospitals and orphanages across Malaysia that they are loved and cared for. It is also an opportunity for RMHC to cheer them up and brighten their lives so they can enjoy the festivities just like any other child would.

Donations are also made throughout the year to help parents meet medical expenses for their children or to families who have suffered disasters such as the tsunami. In January 2005, with the support of caring citizens and numerous fundraising activities, RMHC successfully raised RM105,665 for the Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund which it channelled through the MAlaysian Red Crescent Society.

Puan Fadillah Yakin, Ronald, Ms Gloria Ting, sponsors and the Hole-in-One car-Rexton RX270XdiAll these efforts would not have been possible without the support of fellow Malaysians. McDonald's customers too, play a major role in making more children smile, when they drop their small change into the little coin boxes placed on the counter of every McDonald's outlet. At McDonald’s, "A little change, changes lives".

“This year, we are kick starting our 15th year anniversary fundraising initiatives with the RMHC Charity Golf Tournament. This Tournament will take place on September 11, 2005 at the Tropicana Golf & Country Club and proceeds will be used by RMHC for its various charity projects to help children in need. The golf event promises to be fun, but also on a more charitable note, beneficial to the kids,” said Fadillah.

“We are very happy that RMHC has received encouraging support from generous organisations and individuals. This year we are even happier as Gloria Ting, our very own Miss Malaysia/World 2004/2005 has agreed to become a spokesperson for RMHC. We’d like to thank Gloria and welcome her to the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities family,” added Fadillah.

Gloria Ting was chosen because of her sincere involvement in charity work, her passion in helping the less fortunate and her love for children.

On behalf of RMHC, Fadillah thanked all the sponsors for the RMHC-Tropicana Charity Golf Championship 2005. They are McDonald’s Malaysia, MacFood Services (M) Sdn. Bhd., Tropicana Golf and Country Resort Berhad, Nike Golf Malaysia, Havi Foods (M) Sdn. Bhd, BP Gas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Leo Burnett Advertising Sdn. Bhd., Wong Refrigeration Sdn. Bhd., Wong Brothers, Coca-cola Far East Limited, Ssang Yong for the Hole in One Prize and One Utama Shopping Center as Venue Sponsor for the press conference.


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