RM2.93mil Raised to Improve Lives Through Education

THE fourth charity dinner organised by Bodhi Meditation Malaysia successfully raised RM2.93mil. All proceeds will be utilised for several charitable projects and initiatives, mainly to provide education subsidies.

Planning for the dinner started in November last year and thanks to the support of 15,000 practitioners and donors nationwide, it exceeded the target set of RM2.5mil.

The charity dinner with the theme “The Power of Compassion” was held at Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay Hall, Wisma Huazong, Seri Kembangan.

Bodhi Meditation founder Master JinBodhi sent a video message in which he said: “Malaysians are very pure and kind-hearted and have hearts filled with compassion.”

He said education was key to transforming lives and lifting people out of poverty.

As such, 95% of the funds raised

will be used for education purposes, including the JinBodhi Higher Education Bursary, primary and secondary education subsidies,

free meals as well as supporting underprivileged families and organising youth camps.

The remaining 5% will be used to support the elderly and orphans.

The event opened with a rousing 24-Festive Drum performance.

Student beneficiaries also shared testimonials of how the Bodhi Meditation Charity Fund had helped improve their lives.

A total of 23 JinBodhi Higher Education Bursary recipients also volunteered their time to make the event a success.

Present were Bodhi Meditation Malaysia chief executive officer Zhi Guang and Bodhi Meditation Charity Fund Board of Trustees chairman Ling Shan.

Also present were Datuk Seri Lim Hock Sing and his spouse Datin Seri Chris Cheok, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman vice-president Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong as well as TAR UC vice-president Prof Dr Chook Ka Joo

Last year, the charity dinner raised RM2.26mil, and as of Dec 31, a total of RM2.11mil had been disbursed for higher education bursaries (65%), primary education subsidies (14%), free meal project (8%), pre-secondary education subsidies (4%), subsidies for elderly without kin (3%), family care (3%) as well as extra-curricular activities (3%).

The balance of RM160,000 was allocated to the JinBodhi Higher Education Bursary in January this year.

Source : thestar.com.my