Lending a Hand to Japan


In the aftermath of the disaster that hit Japan in March, Interact Clubs of SMJK Perempuan Perak (PGS) and SMK Raja Perempuan (RPS) joined hands to provide aid through the “Lend a Hand to Japan Charity Concert” held at the Leong Wan Chin Hall here recently According to PGS president, Vivien Wong Lee Yen, it was a norm for PGS to organise concerts for local charities, but they decided to take a bold step by partnering RPS to extend aid overseas. Kelvin Chow, president of Rotary Club Ipoh, said that the Rotary Club of Malaysia contributed 10 tonnes of blankets to Sendai.

“Despite the devastation brought by the earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese have remained calm and have never given up hope to rebuild Japan. This is something we all must learn,” said Chow in his opening remarks. In attendance was the First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy, Kiyonori Yamakawa.

The audience was entertained to music and traditional dances performed by Interactors from various schools in the city. The PGS Military band, WHY Piano and d’Artiz Studio added colour to the night with their impressive performances. To the delight of the audience, Yean, a local Chinese artiste, turned up at the very last minute. The target of RM10,000 was easily met.

Yamakawa thanked everyone on behalf of the Japanese government.