70 Years of Volunteerism

Inner Wheel Club (IWC) of Ipoh celebrated its 70th anniversary on Saturday, October 6 at Excelsior Hotel, Ipoh. Nearly 300 guests attended the auspicious event. Club members came Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Penang.

The celebration started off by the lighting of candles and reciting of the “Candle of Friendship”. “We’re all superwomen who wake up early in the morning to prepare our family and then rush to work. We’re tireless and capable. Now, let’s double our efforts and help even more people. I’m glad that this club is continuing its long legacy of extending meaningful help to the less fortunate and providing, both monetary and non-monetary support to the needy,” said Dr Nomee Ashikin Mohammed Radzi, the Perak Menteri Besar’s wife.

“Such spirit of volunteerism is so greatly needed to ensure the well-being of our communities and inculcate the spirit of giving back to society. In fact, volunteerism should be given greater recognition in our society and to be promoted as virtues, especially among the younger generation,” she added.

Past presidents of the club received a token of appreciation each. While the guests dined they were entertained with music, songs and dances performed by IWC of Taiping and IWC of Ioras, Ipoh.

The Inner Wheel movement began on November 15, 1923, in Manchester, England, when a meeting of a group of ladies, prompted by their Rotarian husbands, was held at Herriots Baths.

The Ipoh’s Inner Wheel Club was formed in 1948, the first in Malaya. The club aims to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and foster international understanding.

Qistina Izfarina

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