KL Rotary Charity Foundation

It was circa 1958 that the Kuala Lumpur Rotary Charity Foundation was first mooted. Members of RC Kuala Lumpur had complained that since the club had a large membership, the Sunshine Box collections through the fining sessions that were the norm in those days took too much time. It was reasoned that the setting up of the foundation would ensure that each and every member would contribute to the Charity Fund for which he would be given a tax exempt receipt.

Subsequently, during the presidency of Len W. Kaye (1959 / 60) the foundation was duly registered and tax exempt status obtained from the Treasury. Fixed annual contributions were determined by the club to be paid separately to the Kuala Lumpur Rotary Charity Foundation at the same time as the club dues.

The Kuala Lumpur Rotary Charity Foundation incorporates various charity funds and other designated funds established during the terms of various presidents of the club, the earliest probably being the Gammans Memorial Scholarship Fund, which goes back to PP L. S. Sodhy who was club president in Rotary year 1963 / 64.

Monies for the Kuala Lumpur Rotary Charity Foundation have been and are received via outright donations, through charity functions organised by the club and of course, the annual KLRCF dues paid by the members.

Generally speaking, the various funds generate yearly income which is then used for the execution of selected projects in compliance with the corresponding fund rules and Malaysian tax exempt laws.

The Kuala Lumpur Rotary Charity Foundation is managed by the KLRCF management committee which comprises members of the club and the incumbent club president.

Individual funds are targeted towards scholarships, vocational training, emergency relief, youth and handicapped children.

During the presidency of Attan Akmar (2007-08) an amalgamation exercise was carried out to group together funds of similar objectives, reducing the number of funds to a more manageable number. This result is shown below. Since then, however, a new dedicated fund has been established.

Funds Managed by the KUALA LUMPUR ROTARY CHARITY FOUNDATION(KLRCF)

  1. Rotary Handicapped Children's Welfare Fund Established during the presidency of Dato' Koay Soon Eng (1991-92)
  2. Save A Sight Fund Established during the presidency of Dato' S. Kulasegaran (1998-99)
  3. Scholarship and Training Fund Amalgamation of the following funds
    General Scholarship Fund comprising:
    • Gammans Memorial Scholarship Fund established during the presidency of L. S. Sodhy (1963-64);
    • Scholarship Loan Fund established during the presidency of D. A. Clayton (1964-65);
    • Tan Sri Jamil Rais Scholarship Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Dr. Keshmahinder Singh (1965-66); and
    • Golden Jubilee Scholarship Fund established during the presidency of P. S. Gill (1978-79);
    Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Ham Ah Nee (1987-88);
    70th Anniversary Scholarship Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Jimmy Lim Thaw Chay (1997-98);
    Student Welfare Fund 2000 established during the presidency of Frank Lim Hook Hing (1999- 2000);
    ROTICH Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Dr. Low Bin Tick (1996-97);
    Dato' Jaffar Bin Mhd Ali Fund for Youth established during the presidency of Dato' Mhd Hanif b. Sher Mohamed (2001-02);
    Research Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Dr. Jagjit Singh Sambhi (1981-82);
    Scholarship Growth Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Jimmy Lim Thaw Chay (1997-98) and
    Vocational Training Scholarship Fund established during the presidency of Hj. A.V.M. Jaffardeen (1988-89)
  4. General FundAmalgamation of the following funds:
    Emergency Relief Fund established during the presidency of Chan Kam Fatt (1990-91) and Services Fund
  5. Property FundAmalgamation of the following funds:
    • Wisma Rotary Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Jimmy Lim Thaw Chay (1997- 98);
    • Youth Resource Centre Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Beh Lye Huat (1984- 85); and
    • Rotary Training Centre Fund established during the presidency of Dato' Beh Lye Huat (1984-85).
  6. Wheelchair FundEstablished as a joint project with the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur during the presidency of Keow Hock Sneah (2002-03).
  7. Justin Prem Hamilton Medical FundEstablished during the presidency of Frank Lim Hook Hing (1999-2000).
  8. Rotary Cancer Welfare FundEstablished during the presidency of PP Chan Kam Fatt (2013-14).

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