The Malaysian Olympians Association (MOA) received recognition for their good work done from the World Olympians Association (WOA) with a grant to run projects.
WOA president Joel Bouzo, in a letter to MOA, acknowledged the great work done that under the leadership of MOA president Karu Selvaratnam.
“WOA have awarded a WOA service to society grant which is to help National Olympian Associations run projects which further WOA’s mission of empowering Olympians to help make the world a better place,” said Bouzo in the letter.
“Selvaratnam and his team of Olympians, are providing support to and running activities for the Lighthouse Children Welfare Home Association. Specifically, they are already helping to deliver tennis workshops, and planning on delivering hockey, cricket and badminton workshops to the young children who live in the home.
“Fellow Olympian Tan Sri Mani Jegathesan is supporting the project ad will also deliver a health and medical camp.”
MOA received a sum of US$5,000 (RM21, 414) from WOA through the service to society grant.
The Malaysian Olympians Association (MOA) last year re-registered themselves with Registrar of Societies (ROS).
MOA registered in 2001 with Tan Sri P. Alagendra as its president, was de-registered in 2012 due to inactivity, and were re-registered in June last year after efforts by protem committee headed by Selvaratnam to reactivate the association started two years before.
The MOA has a current register of 342 Olympians, as of the Rio Olympics 2016.
“We are indeed honored that WOA has recognized our works and given us the grant,” said an elated Selvaratnam.
“It will only motivate MOA to work even harder and have more programmes.
“I must congratulate the MOA members for giving their full support to make our programmes successful.”
Lighthouse Children Welfare Home Association, is a welfare home established since May 2005 and the home looks after under privileged children from various troubled backgrounds.
Currently the home take cares of 40 children ranging from age group of three to 18.
“MOA decided to adopt the Lighthouse Home as the organisation wanted to get involved and do projects to support and instill the spirit of Olympism to the unfortunate children, said Selvaratnam.
“MOA have coloborated with existing tennis programme of Kelab PJ with Lighthouse Home and plan to introduce hockey, cricket and badminton through the club too. Besides motivation sessions and medical camp with the home, we also plan to contribute towards the children’s education.”
Selvaratnam said the costing for the programme for a year is RM30,000 and looking for well-wishers and corporate organisation to come forward to support this worthy cause.