By Mei Kuan
An additional tennis court will be added to the plethora of sports facilities offered at YMCA Ipoh along Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, made possible by a generous contribution from BP Healthcare.
The presentation of a RM200,000 cheque and groundbreaking ceremony were held this morning (October 15) at the NGO’s premises in strict adherence to the health and safety standard operating procedures.
The existing five tennis courts, made up of three grass courts and two hard courts, were also numbered today with plaques.
YMCA Ipoh is the only venue offering grass courts in the whole of Perak. Meanwhile, the additional court is set to be an omni court.
“The grass courts require very high maintenance because the grass has to be cut regularly among others. Meanwhile, the omni court with artificial grass is almost maintenance-free. However, it’s more costly to build compared to grass courts. Thus, we are very grateful to BP Healthcare,” explained Dato’ Daniel Tay, President of both YMCA Ipoh and National Council of YMCAs Malaysia.
According to him, the tennis courts presently receive overwhelming response and are always fully-booked. Besides the tennis courts, other sports facilities such as its 10 badminton courts and a football field are also open to the public at a minimal fee.
BP Healthcare has always been reaching out to the community via its various corporate social responsibilities. For instance, COVID tests and healthcare services are provided free-of-charge to the differently abled with OKU cards and at 50% discount for senior citizens.
“This year alone, more than RM10 million have been donated to give back to the society,” highlighted Garvy Beh, Vice President of BP Healthcare representing Dato’ Dr Beh Chun Chuan, founding chairman of BP Healthcare as guest of honour.
“As a homegrown brand, we are thankful for the opportunity from YMCA Ipoh to provide support and give back to Ipoh. With this donation, we hope that the additional tennis court could help cultivate top athletes and produce national players,” he enthused.
Currently, the household name which has been operating for 40 years has over 120 diagnostic centres and seven specialist centres all over Malaysia as well as Cambodia and Singapore.
Present were Dr Yee Meng Kheong, Captain of the YMCA Ipoh Lawn Tennis Fraternity, Richard Wu of YMCA Ipoh Tennis Group, as well as two ambassadors of BP healthcare namely Goh Liu Ying, national shuttler and Leong Mun Yee, national diver.
For more updates on the sports facilities in YMCA Ipoh, call 052540809.