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Council of Social Services hopes to raise RM350,000

Published on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Council of Social Services (MPMS) is aiming to jointly raise up to RM350,000 from its charity dinner on Dec 19 at Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort.

Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad said the MPMS is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in welfare volunteer work and that the charity dinner is aimed at raising funds to fill the coffers of its 26 welfare NGO members as well as MPMS Trust Fund.

Themed "Together We Can Make a Difference", she said the funds raised from the dinner would be utilised to run their activities and also to carry out their objectives.

She said the organisation hopes to involve everyone, including the private sector, NGOs and individuals, in volunteer work to really make a difference in people's lives.

"We appreciate the role played by everyone but at the same time we hope that they will realise that the Welfare Department is also doing a lot of work in helping the people," she said in a press conference at the ministry's office, here, Wednesday.

She said it is impossible to run away from problems.

Citing fire incidences, a person could lose everything he possesses in one blaze and become poor again, she said.

"Thus the theme "Together We Can Make a Difference" is very meaningful to us (volunteer organisation) because if everyone is united, they can move obstacles," she said.

Further on the MPMS, Jainab said it wants to register for the tax exemption privilege.

To this, she expressed hope that the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) would approve the organisation's application for tax exemption so that many of its plans, objectives and programmes could be carried out.

She said they would invite local comedian Harith Iskandar and also local singers such as former AF students Stacy, Adilah, Felix, Eby, Adam and Marsha to entertain the guests.

Apart from the Welfare Volunteer Award, there would be also an auction of antiques and paintings and a lucky draw.

The tables are priced from RM2,500 per table up to RM10,000.

"MPMS will also be selling advertisement spaces in the souvenir book.

So, we really hope that individuals and corporate bodies would support us by purchasing the dinner tickets or the advertisement in the souvenir book," she said.

It is through the generous donation, she said, that has enabled the various NGOs to provide life changes and experiences to thousands of special needs people.

"We would not have been able to do without the generous donation from the public and corporate bodies.

"So, I hope the corporate companies, the GLCs especially, would dig deep into their pockets to partner with us so that we can reach our goals," she said.

Also present was Eva Susau, President of Sabah Association of Voluntary Effort.

MPMS can be contacted at 088-223424 or mpmp_sabah@yahoo.com.