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Monday, December 9, 2013

Kuala Lumpur Chess Tournament helps Raise funds for Haiyan Typhoon Victims

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

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Kuala Lumpur (Dec 8, 2013): The Cheras Chess Academy raised RM5,770 to help typhoon Haiyan victims by organising a one-day chess tournament among its members today.

"Kids For Chess" founder Collin Madhavan who initiated the effort, pulled together parents and children to help raise funds for theSun Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

"I wanted to involve the children in this fund-raising effort to create awareness of what is happening outside the comfort of their homes," said Madhavan, an avid chess tutor for children and adults.

Raja (centre) presenting the donation to Gurunathan (right). Also in the picture is KER1M member Jeya Krishnan. SUNPIX by CAROL LEONG WAI SUM

At the fundraiser today, many of his friends and the chess community came together for a simultaneous chess match at the International Youth Centre in Bandat Tun Razak, here.

Meanwhile, the Persatuan Kesejahteraan Rakyat 1Malaysia (KER1M) which was touched by the plight of the victims has donated RM3,000 to the fund. Ceros Raja, private secretary to KER1M president Datuk Ranjith Raja, presented a cheque for the amount to theSun distribution channels senior manager G. Gurunathan. Raja expressed his sadness over the disaster which hit the Philippines and which left many of its citizens without a home.

"As Malaysians, we should be more concerned about those facing hardship on a daily basis, including those abroad," he said. With the two latest donations, the Sun Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund breached the RM400,000 mark today. On Nov 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan had torn through the central Philippines, leaving a trail of devastation.

In thanking donors, theSun managing editor Freddie Ng hoped more Malaysians would donate generously towards the worthy cause. "Thousands of people were killed, but millions more are at risk of death from hunger and disease," he said.

Funds collected through the Sun will be chanelled solely to Mercy Malaysia for immediate on-site health and medical relief operations. (The Sun Daily, Kuala Lumpur)

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