Major Projects

A comprehensive list of the club’s projects since its inception would be a very long one indeed. Here then, are just a few examples to give you an idea of the wide variety of projects and activities we have undertaken:

January 1993

The club’s first major community service project – we construct an outdoor playground at the University Hospital’s paediatric ward.

February 1993

February is World Understanding Month in the Rotary calendar and the club gets into the swing of things by organising an evening with an international flavour to help promote world understanding. So in 1993, it was a “South Pacific Nite”. In subsequent years, we have organised “A Colourful Night of the East”, “Scottish Ceilidh”, “British- Malaysian Night”, “International Night at Colmar Tropicale”, “Japan Night”, “Swiss Nite”, among others.

1993/94

We sponsor the Interact Club of SMK Kelana Jaya. Interact is are clubs for students aged 14 to 18, sponsored by Rotary clubs. The focus is on service and international understanding.

October 1994

Opening of the club’s Free Outpatient Clinic in Kampong Baiduri, Petaling Jaya. The clinic is open two nights a week, and is manned mainly by club members, some of whom are doctors. We target the poor residents of this part of PJ and its services are absolutely free. The FOC as we call it has been in continuous operation since then, and is the signature project of the club.

October 1994

We sign our first sister club agreement – with the Rotary Club of Bang Rak, Bangkok. As with all our sister clubs, members of both clubs visit each other regularly, and work on joint projects. We have also sister club agreements with the Rotary Club of Tebrau, Johor (May 1999) and the Rotary Club of Taipei Bak Hai (January 2002).

December 1996

Launch of the “You Can See Clearly Now” free cataract operation project. This was a project by the Rotary Club of Makati Southwest, the Philippines, with financial assistance from our club.

June 2000

Rotary Cares – In Aid of Mozambique Flood Victims: We sent a container of clothes and other necessities to the Rotary Club of Maputo, Mozambique for distribution to the victims of one of the worst floods in recent history in southern Africa.

July 2000

Hepatitis B Immunization Project. The club immunized 1,516 people, mainly children, against Hepatitis B. This project was financed with a grant from The Rotary Foundation.

September 2000

Sweet Charity Children’s Concert – to raise funds for Rumah Hope, Sentul Methodist Boys School and other club projects.

December 2000

Caring Across Continents piano recital by Ecuadorian, Boris Cepeda – a fundraiser.

January 2001

Vistas of Vision Project – we arranged for free cataract operations for 8 poor patients.

February 2001

We sponsor a young professional, Anne Tan, on a Group Study Exchange to Brazil.The GSE is a unique cultural and vocational opportunity for business and professional people aged 25 to 40.

June 2001

We distribute bookmarks with environmental awareness tips to schools. The bookmarks were printed on recycled paper.

July 2001

China Beijing Opera Fundraiser.

August 2001

Girton College, University of Cambridge: An Evening of Choir Music. Funds raised were used for youth development programmes and education.

January 2002

Opening of a crafts and recreational room at the women’s psychiatric ward, Kuala Lumpur General Hospital.

January 2002

Launch of the Fountain in a Garden environmental project – the construction of a fountain and fishpond to beautify SMK Kelana Jaya. We also donate reference books to the school’s library.

February 2002

Kuala Lumpur General Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward Resource Centre – Many of the children are warded for long periods and lacked stimulation. The club designed and constructed this centre at the children’s cancer ward which is equipped with computers, toys and books. Rotaractors helped to paint murals on the walls. Interactors also became pen pals to some of the children. In subsequent years, we have helped to keep the centre in good repair.

June 2002

Opening of the Children’s Development Resource Centre at the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Among other things, we equipped the centre with early intervention programme and occupational therapy equipment.

July 2002

We host Miki Kawamura, a Japanese student, who lived in Malaysia for a year under Rotary’s International YouthExchange programme.

September 2002

MOU signed with the Yayasan Sosial Strategik and Asian Pacific Development Centre for research on ICT and enterprise skills development needs of youth in poor and single-parent households.

September 2003

We teach dance to the children at theSpastics Children’s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory (SCASFT).

October 2003

We design and build a special playground for the SCASFT with funding from the Ronald McDonald Children’s Fund and other well wishers.

October 2004

We celebrate the 10th anniversary of the FOC. Our corporate sponsor, Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd, renewed and increased its sponsorship to RM72,000 per year.

December 2004

Wheel of Hope Charity Food Fair. We serve a variety of Malaysian and international fare at Plaza Mont Kiara to raise funds. There were games and entertainment too. Funds donated to the Malaysian AIDS Council.

January 2005

Within days of the Asian tsunami, we send over RM20,000 worth of medical supplies mainly to Sri Lanka, but also to Thailand. Donations came from members with contributions from our sister clubs as well. One of our members, Dr Hari Yanasakaran, has also personally helped with the reconstruction of a school in Sri Lanka.

April 2005

To commemorate Rotary’s 100th anniversary, we participate in a district-wide project, the 100 Hour Service Marathon. Our club operated a mobile medical clinic from 1am to 4am at a mamak shop in Kelana Jaya. Surprising how many people are awake at 1am.

2006

We contribute part of the funds to our sister club, the Rotary Club of Taipei Bak Hai’s reconstruction of an aborigine cultural centre damaged by natural disasters in 2005.

February 2006

In conjunction with World Understanding Month, the club organises a Wabi-SabiNight. The club had to translate the aesthetic and abstract concepts intrinsic in wabi sabi in a way which could be understood by everyone.

January 2007

We organise the District Interact Conference, jointly with the Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya.

March 2007

The club donates 20 beds, mattresses and wardrobes to Rumah Pengajian Xavier, a home for disadvantaged boys.

November 2007

The club organises a “Community Café – an interactive and informal way for Rotarians to discuss about issues relating to serving the community.

December 2007

After a major flood in Pahang, we send emergency food stuff to the Rotary Club of Temerloh which distributed the supplies to the flood victims.

March 2008

We take part in the Bond Girls Show, to raise funds for the Aged United to Organise Rest & Recreation (AUTORR) so it could build its own centre.

November 2008

Vocational Awards, our way of recognising people who excel in their work, given to caregivers from 26 homes and other nongovernmental organisations. This is an annual project of the club and the number of awards given in 2009 was the highest in our club’s history.

July 2009

We sponsor the Rotaract Club of Kelana Jaya. Rotaract is Rotary club-sponsored clubs for young adults for the purpose of developing leaders and service-minded citizens. The club is chartered in May 2010.

December 2009

The club starts a free food programme at SRJK Lee Min, Teluk Gong, providing free snacks and drinks to poor students. This is a joint project with the Rotary Club of Port Klang and is supported by a generous donation from our honorary member, Tan Sri Datuk Robert Phang.

March 2010

The club sponsors two young people to attend RYLA – the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. RYLA hopes to develop qualities of leadership, good citizenship and personal development in young people through a training experience. We have been actively participating in the programme since 1995.

March 2010

Medical Camp at Teluk Gong, near Port Klang. We provide basic medical attention to the poor living in this area. This has been an annual project of the club for many years, held at different locations in Selangor. We usually work with the Rotary Club of Port Klang on what has become an important event on our club calendar.