The Lion-Parkson Foundation organised a Chinese New Year Calligraphy Exhibition-cum-charity sale recently to raise funds to help needy students in Chinese schools.

The two-day event was held at Chung Hwa Independent High School.

Foundation chairman Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng said the foundation was assisting four independent schools to organise such events for the cause.

“The schools are Chung Hwa, Tsun Jin High School, Confucian Private Secondary School and Kuen Cheng High School and this is the fourth and final year we are organising the exhibition.

Grand occasion: Cheng (in red blouse) posing with those who donated cash to the foundation.

“We have raised RM623,000 over the past three years and we are hoping to raise another RM377,000 from this charity sale to reach RM1mil in total,” she said, adding that the foundation had already collected more than RM234,000 since January this year.

Cheng said 235 students from the four schools had received financial aid from the charity’s proceeds.
“Each school will be given at least RM50,000.

The calligraphy exhibition showcased around 100 pieces of calligraphy works from Beijing and Singapore as well as local calligraphy works from Xian’s Calligraphy Centre and students from the schools involved.

Around 50 food and games stalls such as flying fox and magic show were set up for the public during the two days.

Nine Parkson outlets in the Klang Valley, namely Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC, KL Festival City Mall, The Mall, OUG Shopping Centre, Selayang Mall, Subang Parade, Sunway Pyramid and 1Utama Shopping Centre are also holding a calligraphy sale until Chinese New Year’s eve.

Huge strokes: Cheng using a large brush to write a Chinese character during the launch.

The foundation was launched in 1990 by The Lion Group to administer and disburse funds for various needs such as education, charity and scientific research.

When asked whether the foundation was going to continue the fundraising effort, Cheng said she would discuss the plans with the board of trustees.

“The foundation really wants to carry on this charity programme to encourage and help students in Chinese schools. Maybe the foundation can contribute in other ways to achieve this objective, she said.

The public can also donate to the foundation until the end of April. For details, call the foundation at 03-21420155.

All donations are tax-exempted.

original article can be found on The Star