The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation hosted a fundraising evening for SJK (C) Chee Wen that managed to raise RM 1,218,000.00 for the school. The event that raised funds for the primary school’s need for building and upgrading works was graced by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation’s Royal Patron, DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin, Sultan of Selangor who was also the Guest of Honour.
Also present were YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Abd Khalid Bin Ibrahim, Menteri Besar of Selangor, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah – Chairman and Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Board of Governors of Chee Wen, and Founder and Chairman of the Sunway Group. The event, held at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, featured “A Tribute to Carpenters” from Australia. The show, “The Carpenters from Kempsey,” is an Australian production which has enjoyed sell out seasons in premier entertainment venues Down Under.
Fans of the Carpenters had a nostalgic walk down memory lane, as the Australian duo, Darren Mapes and Saskia Smith, performed popular hit songs by America’s biggest selling pop duo of the 70’s – Karen and Richard Carpenter whose music dominated the charts for almost 14 years. The storyline revolves around two Australian country kids from Kempsey in New South Wales whose lives were transformed the day that they discovered the “Other Carpenters.”
Fashionistas were not disappointed as the act came complete with hair-raising fascinating wigs, the customary loud prints, bohemian billowing sleeves, and bell bottoms – the icons of 70’s style which had made an indelible mark in fashion history and has made a huge comeback on the runways this season!
Their performance included The Carpenters famous hits such as Yesterday Once More, A Kind Of Hush, Rainy Days & Mondays, Calling Occupants, Ticket To Ride, Close To You, and Mr Postman.
The beneficiary, SJK (C) Chee Wen, is a Chinese primary school located in Subang Jaya. It was founded in 1939 in Sungai Tinggi, Kuala Selangor, and was relocated to Subang Jaya in 1995 to meet the increasing student enrolment numbers. Currently the school has 2800 students and 112 teachers.
In 2007, the Sunway Education Trust Fund, now known as the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, had made a donation of RM3 million to build the school’s multipurpose hall. The completed two-storey hall has 10 badminton courts as well as a 646-seat auditorium that serves as a cultural and arts space.
Wear and tear over the years has taken a toll on the school building and therefore funds are needed for the school building and upgrading works.
“I hope our guests enjoyed this evening’s performances and would like to thank everyone who donated towards this worthy cause. The RM 1,218,000.00 that was raised this evening will go towards the school’s upgrading works,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation,.
Students from Chee Wen delighted the audience with 3 performances showcasing the talent and enthusiasm that the school has nurtured. The evening continued with a rousing performance by the talented Marsha of the Akademi Fantasia fame with her hit singles such as “Bila,” and “Janji,” from her acclaimed first album, “Yang Pertama,” launched earlier this year.