KUCHING: The 5th Charity Bowling Tournament was organized by the Rotary Club of Kuching Central at Riverside Superbowl here on Jan 7.


Dato’ Thomas Ngu, who officiated at the event, revealed that the funds raised would be used for the many projects the Rotary Club of Kuching Central has been carrying out to serve the community.


“Some of these projects include free eye screenings, cataract operations, solar and clean water systems, festive food parcels, and more,”he said.


“Our projects are mainly focused on the local community, especially those from the lower income group or in rural areas,” he added.


A total of 24 teams took part in the tournament including two Rotary clubs outside of Kuching. The Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei which is also one of the sister clubs of the Rotary Club of Kuching Central, emerged as the 2018 champion with a total pinfall of 1,820. Meanwhile, teams PCP and Eritel Telecommunication emerged second and third respectively.


Dominador Ortega Jr representing the Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan was the Top Male Bowler with a total pinfall of 512 while Dayang Salina of PCP was the Top Female Bowler with the highest combined score of 483 points. The Rotary Club of Sarikei was adjudged as the Best Dressed team.


Organising chairman Tiong Khai said RM24,000 was raised through the generous sponsorship of participating companies and indivduals in the tournament. He was thankful to the management of Riverside Superbowl for their continued support of the event by sponsoring the venue.


The Rotary Club of Kuching Central has previously carried out several community projects including over 200 free cataract operations for those in the lower income group or rural areas since 2016. In conjunction with the new school year, the club recently handed out 1029 school kits to students in various parts of Sarawak in collaboration with Yayasan Sime Darby and several other Rotary clubs.


Currently, the club is organising the Rotary Charity Run 2018 to raise more funds for the aforementioned free cataract operations, free eye screenings and other activities.


Interested participants can register for the run online at www.kuchingcentralrotary.org/rotaryrun2018. Individuals and organizations interested in collaborating with the Rotary Club of Kuching Central in any of their projects may contact the club through their Facebook page www.facebook.com/kuchingcentral


For further details, please contact:

President Benjamin Lo: 016-5758869 (lobenjh@gmail.com)

Secretary Andrea Chan: 0198894765 (andcsy@gmail.com)

Rotary bring vision to Sarawak

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Rotary Charity Run 2017

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Charity bowling Competition 2017

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Rotarians and conscientious members of the public bowled to raise a total of RM 21,500 to go towards RCKC’s projects to serve the community.

Rotary Club of Kuching Central (RCKC) is proud to announce that we will be organising a Charity Run to raise funds that will supplement our numerous Community projects to be undertaken this RCKC has been active in assisting the less fortunate in our Society as well as carrying out targeted Youth Development programs over the past 30 years in line with our object of “DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD”.




Feast for the ears

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by admin in News - (0 Comments)

Nisa and the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band performing a song together on stage.

KUCHING: Hundreds of music lovers and supporters of Sarawak Hearts Foundation (SHF) enjoyed a feast for the ears as they attended The Sound of Music 2.0 fundraising concert at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

Jointly organised by Plaza Merdeka Holdings Sdn Bhd and SHF, this concert aimed to create a trust fund for the provision of cardiovascular procedures for underprivileged Sarawakians.

The first Sound of Music concert was held in 2012 and it raised RM1mil.

The funds were used for building two halfway houses at Sarawak General Hospital and at the Hearts centre in Kota Samarahan.

Talented musicians delivered a night filled with sweet melodies when a student music band comprising 44 students from SM Sains Kuching kick-started the concert with their smooth rendition of several hit songs by Swedish pop group Abba, including Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen.

Sainsku Winds Orchestra, as they are known, has grown from a 23- to 64-instrument orchestra and it is now nationally acclaimed.

They have joined the ranks of elite schools with their many achievements including Most Improved Orchestra Award and the division two championship at National Wind Orchestra Festival 2009.

Local talent Nisa Addina Taufik made Sarawakians proud with her charismatic violin performance.

The 19-year-old Kuching-born contemporary violinist began her career in 2009 and has two albums; Yakina, which is filled with original compositions, while her second album was a dedication to music icon Tan Sri P. Ramlee.

Nisa has performed at numerous venues in France, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia and is a solo violinist with South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band (SNYSB) from England.

Joining Nisa on stage for a duet was South Korean solo artiste Choi Sung Bong, who made his debut on reality competition TV show Korea’s Got Talent in 2011.

(From top left clockwise) Choi singing soulfully and passionately; Nisa dazzles during her solo performance; The audience enjoying the performance; Abdul Taib presenting a memento to Choi after the concert. Looking on is Ragad Kurdi (centre).

While Nisa skilfully played the violin, Choi showed off his vocal prowess.

He has just published an autobiography and is currently developing a second album.

Choi has performed worldwide including London with Paul Potts from the US and with Psy in his home country.

He has earned praise from international pop singer Justin Bieber and BoA for his performance.

Choi touched the audience with his soulful singing of The Prayer and impressed everyone when he sang it in Bahasa Malaysia.

He alternately sang in his native Korean language and English.

Meanwhile, 56 musicians from SNYSB performed several soothing and fun pieces including one musical score from the movie Chess.

The musical ensemble, led by founder Michael Booty, had performed in Kuching along with SainsKu Winds and Nisa Addina in 2012.

The youths have performed twice at the Royal Albert Hall, toured Europe on many occasions and five times in Germany as well as South-East Asia including Singapore and Thailand.

They have helped raise thousands of pounds for charities and perform up to 30 concerts each year.

All musicians took the stage once again at the end of the concert to perform a harmonious tune before the show ended.

Among the guests who attended the charity concert were Sarawak head of state Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib as well as the Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who came to support his wife Puan Sri Jamilah Anu, the trustee for SHF.

In her welcoming speech at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on Saturday night, Jamilah said the SHF had assisted in the purchase of heart-related equipment to upgrade the cardiac unit in the state’s community hospital.

Over the years, the foundation has donated over RM10mil worth of equipment.

“The donations have not only benefitted the patients directly but also raised the stature of our Sarawak Heart Centre to the forefront of the treatment of heart-related diseases,” she said.

She said the Heart Centre was now being designated as a training hub for the running of the Fellowship Programme of Cardiothoracic Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Jamilah also invited the public to join the foundation’s next event, Walk-A-Mile, which will be held in conjunction with World Heart Day 2016 next month at Stutong Park.


Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/08/31/feast-for-the-ears-renditions-by-popular-artistes-and-orchestras-help-foundation-raise-funds/


Hundreds attend ‘The Sounds of Music 2.0’

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by admin in News - (0 Comments)

Guests-of-honour and special guests pose with performers (in the background). -Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi


KUCHING: Hundreds of people from all walks of life had a delightful night at a charity concert – ‘The Sounds of Music 2.0’ – held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching last Saturday.

Award-winning band SM Sains Kuching Wind Orchestra (Sainsku Winds) kicked off the event by performing five pieces of music in a row.

The band won a gold medal, two ‘Most Improved Orchestra’ awards and the Division Two Championship at the 2009 National Wind Orchestra Festival.

After that, internationally-acclaimed violinist Nisa Addina Taufik, who won the Junior Grand Champion Instrumentalist at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, USA in 2011, staged a solo performance.

Nisa, who has showcased her talent in Paris, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, then had a joint performance with South Korean artiste Choi Sung Bong.

The duo awed the audience with two songs – ‘Getaran Jiwa’ and ‘I Pray’. Many could not help but bring their hands together for Choi as he presented the Malay song.

Choi was the first runner-up in Korea’s Got Talent 2011. He has performed with Paul Potts in London and recently with Psy in South Korea.

He also had a solo performance that night before the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band featuring Nisa took over the stage.

Formed by Michael Booty in 1974, the world-renowned band performs up to 30 concerts on an annual basis.

They have toured Germany five times and Southeast Asia including Singapore, Borneo and Thailand in Aug 2008.

Notably, the band successfully performed in a landmark concert here together with Sainsku Wind Orchestra featuring Nisa in 2012 when the charity event raised RM1 million.

Thanks to the success of ‘The Sounds of Music 1.0’, two halfway houses were created for rural folks accompanying their family members to receive treatment at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Sarawak Heart Centre.

In acknowledging the support of all, co-organising chairperson Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu said the charity concert would not be a success without generous donations and individuals who were present.

The Sarawak Heart Foundation, she said, was initially to sponsor heart patients who were financially constrained for treatment in Singapore.

It also engaged heart specialists from Singapore to treat heart patients in Sarawak, added the chief minister’s wife.

“With the setting up of the Cardiac Unit at SGH in 2001, the foundation then turned its focus to educating the public on the dangers of heart diseases and its prevention.”

Jamilah disclosed that the foundation has donated more than RM10 million worth of equipment to upgrade the cardiac unit over the years.

The donations, she said, had benefitted the patients directly besides raising the stature of Sarawak Heart Centre to the forefront of the treatment of heart-related diseases.

“Tonight (Saturday), I am happy to tell you that the foundation’s efforts all these years have added another feather to its cap. The Sarawak Heart Centre is being designated as a training centre for the running of the Fellowship Programme of Cardiothoracic Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.”

She termed this as a major milestone for the centre.

She also thanked caring citizens and corporations such as Plaza Merdeka Holdings Sdn Bhd as well as the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band, Sainsku Winds, Nisa and Choi for bringing the concert to city dwellers.

Before concluding her speech, Jamilah took the opportunity to invite all to the foundation’s next event ‘Walk-A-Mile’ to be held at Stutong Park here in conjunction with World Heart Day 2016 next month.

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib were the guests of honour.

Also present were Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani and State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.


Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/08/29/hundreds-attend-the-sounds-of-music-2-0/

Listen to Sound of Music 2.0 for charity

August 24th, 2016 | Posted by admin in News - (0 Comments)

KUCHING: Plaza Merdeka Holdings and the Sarawak Heart Foundation with the support of Rotary Club of Kuching Central will hold the Sound of Music 2.0 charity concert at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Aug 27.

Award-winning St Joseph’s School Marching Band – which last year won the Division III A category at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey upstaging 53 other high school bands – will welcome VVIPs and lead them into the venue.

The concert proper will feature the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band from the United Kingdom, led by musical director Mike Booty.

Formed by Booty in 1974, the band has raised thousands of pounds for charities and regularly performs up to 30 concerts annually.

The band has twice played and been presented to the Princess Royal, once in the Royal Albert Hall.

Their performance of ‘Tubby the Tuba’, was narrated by the highly acclaimed British performer Roy Castle OBE.

Among the band’s achievements are third prize in the Valkenburg International Music Festival, Holland and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2006.

The band toured Germany five times, most recently this year, as well as Singapore, Borneo and Thailand in August 2008; while in August 2012 formed the centrepiece of the Sound of Music 1.0.

Performing as separate units for specific segments of the concert will be award-winning local winds orchestra from SM Sains Kuching – better known as SainsKu Winds.

The SainsKu Winds Orchestra performs at an event.

SM Sains is a Yayasan Khazanah Trust School for promising students from underprivileged families.

Since 2011, Booty has visited SM Sains and other Kuching schools to give his gift of music to local young musicians.

Both bands and young musicians will also perform together in a kaleidoscope of the brightest international young talents and a tour de force of musical magic.

Sensational Korean opera singer Sungbong Choi, 26, will also perform.

Made famous by ‘Korea’s Got Talent’ 2011 despite finishing first runner-up, the inspirational Choi went from orphaned street kid to opera prodigy.

Choi, who is working on a second album, has performed in many international venues including in London with Paul Potts, in the United States and recently with Psy in Korea.

He recently published his autobiography.

Choi is appearing courtesy of sponsorship from ACFM Holdings Sdn Bhd.

“I want to support such a noble cause,” he said.

Nisa Addina – Photo by Russell Ting



Choi will also perform with Sarawak’s own award-winning violinist Nisa Addina Taufik.

Funds raised by the concert will benefit lower income individuals requiring cardiovascular procedures.

Donations may be made to the Sarawak Heart Foundation and donations of RM100 and over will receive two complimentary tickets to the show.

Donors will also receive a tax deductible receipt from the Sarawak Heart Foundation.

For more information, to donate, or to obtain tickets contact the Rotary Club of Kuching president elect Clarence Yong (019-8571893), Dr Willie Lau (017-8096655), Pauline Kon (012-8891929), Major Francis Ng (012-4052430), Jennifer (016-8977151), Louis Yong (013-8112726), Eric Lim (012-88712880), Richard Wong (017-2220533), Councillor Taufik Abdul Ghani (019-8860070), Alan Tang (012-8869399), Izora Lim (019-8890010), Cheah Kheng Mun (012-4221168), Geraldine Lau (017-2282968), or Sam Avenido (012-8877568).

Information and tickets will also be available at the Concierge at Plaza Merdeka Shopping Centre from Aug 18.



The South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band led by Booty.

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/08/14/listen-to-sound-of-music-2-0-for-charity/

KUCHING: SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor emerged victorious at the Iquiz Malaysia Sarawak Region competition which saw secondary school team ‘Anonymous’ beat 97 teams from Sarawak to represent the State in the grand finals in Kuala Lumpur next month.


The competition jointly organised by Rotary Club of Bandar Sunway and Rotary Club of Kuching Central saw ‘Anonymous’ beat six teams from Lodge International School, SMK St Thomas, SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor and SMK Bandar Kuching No.1 in the final rounds.


The team of Rotary Interactors Damien Chan, Davin Ngu and Ryan Low had been preparing for the past few months and though competition was stiff, their hard work paid off as on Sept 3 they will compete with seven other winners from different regions of the country for the grand prize of a full scholarship of their choice at any Sunway College branch for each member.


They were also presented with the Challenge Trophy by Rotary International Past District Governor Andre Suharto and Rotary Club of Kuching Central president Clarence Yong.


The first and second runners-up were ‘The Neapolitans’ and ‘The Intellectuals’, both teams from SMK St Thomas.


Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/08/18/anonymous-to-represent-sarawak-in-grand-finals/

KUCHING:- IQuiz Sarawak Regional Championship, another signature collaboration project of both Rotary Club of Kuching Central and Rotary Club of Bandar Sunway will be held at TheRanyai Ballroom, Level 4, The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching on 13th August 2016. According to Clarence Yong, the President of Rotary Club of Kuching Central, 97 teams from secondary schools all over Sarawak have taken up the challenge and registered for this annual event that is set to test which is the brightest team of students from Sarawak.

Now on its second year, the IQuiz is a competition that tests teams which each comprise of three members on questions of general knowledge, maths, science, and linguistic skills. However, in order to compete in this competition, the members must first be Interactors, which are students aged 13 to 18 that are members of a school based Interact Club, sponsored by a Rotary Club. Each school can send as many teams as they like.

The winner of the IQuiz Sarawak Regional Championship will receive the Sarawak Challenge trophy, and individual medals. In addition, they willreceive air tickets and accommodation to represent Sarawak and compete in the National Level IQuiz for the 9th Challenge Trophy at Sunway University on 3rd September 2016. The 1st runner up and 2nd runner up will each receive trophies and individual medals.

The Champions of the National Level IQuiz will receive three full scholarships or a total of RM 70,200.00 (whichever is lower) for the three members to enterprogrammes at their choice of Sunway University, Sunway College KL, Sunway College Ipoh or SunwayCollege JohorBahru(subject to meeting entry requirements). The National 1st runner up and 2nd runner ups will receive a total of RM 36,000.00 and RM 30,000.00 in scholarships for the three members respectively.

“Last year,‘The Destroyers’team from Lodge International School won the Sarawak Regional Championship. They also did very well at the National Level IQuiz, and came in 5th,”disclosed Dr Willie Lau, Organizing Chairman for the IQUIZ Sarawak Regional Championship. The event will be officiated by the Assistant Governor of Group 15, Rotary District 3310, LesliePhuan.For further information, kindly contact the organizers at iquizsarawak2016@gmail.com or refer to the club website at www.kuchingcentralrotary.org.