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04.11.08 Red Ribbon Gala 2008


The Malaysian AIDS Foundation’s (MAF) celebrated biennial fundraiser – the Red Ribbon Gala is back – more prestigious than ever.More than 500 guests comprising donors, sponsors, corporations and the crème de la crème of society are expected to attend this Gala which will be graced by Guest of
Honour Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

Other Guests of Honour present tonight are YABhg Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor,
Patron of MAF, YB Datuk Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Health, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and YAB Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Hj Mohd Ali. Themed ‘Red Carpet Glamour’, the Red Ribbon Gala 2008 will feature Hollywood’s favourite red carpet designer Elie Saab with his Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 Haute Couture Collection directly from Paris. His gowns, which have been worn by stars such as Halle Berry and Beyonce Knowles, will be further enhanced by jewellery from Mondial Rare Jewels.

As with previous Galas, the highlight of the evening will be to honour the winners of the Dr. Siti Hasmah Award (DSHA) and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Red Ribbon Media Awards (RRMA).

This year, the prestigious Dr. Siti Hasmah Award, named in honour of the former First Lady, goes to PT Foundation, an NGO that has done outstanding work to help People Living with HIV/AIDS in Malaysia. They will receive RM10,000 and a trophy specially designed and crafted by Mondial Rare Jewels, which for the first time will have a fingerprint of Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah inscribed on the front panel.

The Red Ribbon Media Award is in recognition of excellent work by members of the media in raising awareness of HIV-related issues in our country. This year, 10 winners from the print, broadcasting and non-traditional categories have been picked to receive the award, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia. Other than the award, seven will each receive a cash prize of RM2,500 and Certificate of Excellence while three will get a Certificate of Appreciation and a token sum of RM500 each. To add more excitement to the charity Gala, several exclusive items will be put on auction. Topping the list is a trip to the McLaren factory in Woking, UK, and the Mercedes-Benz Brand Centre in Brooklyn, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to test drive the McLaren SLR at the private test track in Dunsfold.

One lucky bidder will walk away with this package, valuded at RM150,000, which includes Business Class Tickets for two and accommodation courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. The lucky pair will also be chauffeur-driven throughout their four-day experience by Mercedes-Benz UK.

Elie Saab will also donate a long red chiffon evening gown with tone on tone beaded pockets from his Ready-to-Wear Collection, priced at over RM35,000, for auction during the Gala.

Another auction item is the stunning Reinette Passion Brooch specially designed by Mondial Rare Jewels. The brooch, with its breathtaking 35.87 carat Cabochon Burmese Ruby, is worth more than RM200,000.

Also up for grabs are two specially crafted ladies’ watches from Gerald Charles Genta, the world’s finest watchmaker. Making up the exclusive collection is a white gold timepiece with diamonds priced at RM115,000 and a steel watch with diamonds and ruby heart worth RM29,000 autographed by Gerald Charles Genta.

Funds raised from the Red Ribbon Gala will be channelled to the Malaysian AIDS Foundation’s ‘Circle of Hope’ projects assisting both adults and children living with HIV/AIDS. These include the Paediatric AIDS Fund, Medicine Assistance Scheme and Business Assistance Scheme.

“The Red Ribbon Gala is about hope and giving. It’s a great platform for individuals and corporations to do their bit for Malaysians Living with HIV/AIDS and their families. We are truly grateful to all the donors and sponsors who have so generously contributed to our cause, especially during these hard times.

“The event tonight would not be a reality without their strong support and generouscontributions,” said Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Chair of the Red Ribbon Gala Organising Committee.

“Since the first Gala, which was held in 1996, these events have raised funds to support various programmes carried out by the Foundation and its sister organisation, the Malaysian AIDS Council, and its Partner Organisations.

“The MAC and its affiliates recently embarked on a two-year Strategic Plan with 411 detailed activities scheduled for 2009 encompassing HIV prevention, treatment, care and support throughout the country. The funds raised tonight will help ensure that we are able to implement these activities as planned,” said Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and President of the Malaysian AIDS Council.

For further Information please contact:

Zarinah Sa’aid at +6012-284 1485 │ zarinah@mac.org.my
Shabana Palpanaban at +6012-375 4957 │ shabana@mac.org.my

Malaysian AIDS Council │ Malaysian AIDS Foundation

No 12, Jalan 13/48A, The Boulevard Shop Office,
Off Jalan Sentul 51000, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Tel : +603-4045 1033 │ Fax : +603-4042 6133 │ Website : www.mac.org.my




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