La Salle & Sacred Heart ex-students raise RM250,000
Published on: Monday, August 19, 2019
By: Edwin Liew
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KOTA KINABALU: The 58th Annual Dinner of the Association of Ex-Students of La Salle & Sacred Heart successfully raised RM250,000, its target collection, to settle and own a block of four-storey walk-up apartments after nine years. 

“It took us nine years of dinners, marathons, raffle tickets, pledges, bazaars and even a circus to raise the RM1.74 million needed to purchase the building. 

“Three Ex-La Sallians – Anthony John Wong, Michael Dennis Tan and I (Herman Yee) – had settled the remaining amount of RM250,000 before the due date and before the actual amount was raised previously,” said Yee.

“Nothing seemed real until the handing over of final payment to the La Salle Brothers in Melaka in December last year.

The association has repaid the sum of RM100,000 to Wong, RM75,000 to Tan and RM75,000 to Yee,” said Yee, the association’s President, in his speech at the dinner at Hakka Hall, here, Saturday.

“Our dream to have a permanent building has come true when the association becomes the official owner of the 12-unit Sri Murni apartments bought from the La Salle Brothers Provincialate in 2009,” he said.

“The alumni is now faced with property management decisions, rent collection, building maintenance. There were even suggestions to rename the building, with the running favourite being De La Salle Residence,” said Yee. The La Salle Provincialate had no less than twice extended the deadline to pay up but fixed Dec 31, last year as the last and final date to pay up. 

Three die-hard ex-students who preferred anonymity decided to pledge a forward payment for RM250,000 when the deadline expired, on condition that the association repay them by the end of 2019.

The dinner, with the theme “Dreamt it, Believed it, Achieved it”, was officiated by Putatan MP Awang Husaini Datuk Sahari. 

Meanwhile, Organising Chairman Kelvin Lee, together with Yee, announced that an award will be given in recognition of an outstanding La Sallian, Peter Liau Jee Yoong, who has served in the alumni for 18 years and counting.

“Peter first joined the alumni exco in 2001 as Social Secretary, serving La Sallians until today. He was here for all the fundraising projects organised by the alumni,” said Yee. 

Meanwhile, with a total turnout of 104, Class 1989 swept all three awards, namely The Most Improved Turnout, The Highest Turnout by Percentage and The Largest Class Turnout awards, at the dinner.


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