My dear fellow Kiwanians
I am honoured to have the opportunity to be Kiwanis Malaysia’s District Governor for 2020/21. Unlike any other year, 2020 has been a very challenging year; it kicked off in a national lockdown for us resulting in many people losing their jobs and businesses leading to severe financial difficulties.
Besides helping children, we are also helping impoverished families to sustain their livelihood during these very challenging times. I must say our Immediate Past Governor, Dr Laurence Lim, trustees, lieutenant Governors and Chairs performed their duties excellently last year. I hope to maintain the standards set and would look forward to putting all my efforts in driving the district forward during my term.
Kiwanis is a big family and I would take this opportunity to announce the theme for my term of office as that of We Care, We Serve, Together We Can! This year, we should put our minds, efforts and interests in caring and serving the less fortunate. We can only do this together as a family. As Henry Ford used to say, ‘Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.’ There are over 1300 Kiwanians and I look forward to working with you in achieving our objective in serving underprivileged children.
In the pipeline, I will be developing the Tan Sri Khir Johari Award whereby corporates, clubs or even individuals who donate to Kiwanis as little as RM1k will receive memorabilia in a form of recognition pins for their donations. In addition, clubs who have conducted a community service are eligible for RM1k grants through this campaign.
During my term, I would like to put more effort in Kiwanis 4.0, a website that showcases club projects and a platform whereby anyone from anywhere in the world can make donations by just a click of the button. It is especially important, now that the world is still in semi lockdown due to COVID-19, in having Kiwanis 4.0 as a very convenient platform for people to browse through clubs’ projects and to make the donations they wish to make. I would urge clubs that have not yet done so to subscribe to Kiwanis 4.0. The website’s main objective is to showcase your achievements and interact with public under the Kiwanis umbrella.
No one is able to predict when this current pandemic will end, as such Kiwanians will embrace and continue to thrive in projects that will reach out to those in need. Projects such as Kiwanis White Flags organized by KC Klang and Kiwanis Food Aid organized by the KL Club to offer food supplies and other necessities to those in need throughout Malaysia during these very challenging times.
We must continue to be strong both physically and mentally during this difficult period not only for ourselves, but for our families and those in need. Remember, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Having said this, I hope to give my support to Kiwanis Malaysia Academy in their efforts to provide programs to target underprivileged children and disadvantaged youth and at the same time educate Kiwanians through training to better equip them with extra tools for them to serve the underprivileged and disadvantaged communities better.
As long as we care, we will continue to serve. We cannot do it alone. To succeed, together we can make it! Let’s continue the good work together, dear Kiwanians!
Kiwanis Malaysia District Governor 2020/21