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Rotary International Committed To A Good Cause Through Online Auction

Rotary International District 3300 recently conducted a special "Art Auction for a Cause" in conjunction with the official visit of Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta to Malaysia in May 2022. 

The first item on auction, “The Connection” was a memorable moment captured by photographer and Rotarian Hansruedi Frutiger who won the Annual Rotary International Photo Award June 2021. The photo captured a doting grandmother looking at her grandchildren as their parents were out at work at Yuanyang County - Yunnan, China in 2016. A generous buyer offered RM4,500 to own the photo while also earning full ownership rights of the original digital master source file of the photograph.

The second item on auction, titled “Sky Blue Ground - A New Lease In Life, 2021” depicted the art masterpiece by Ch’ng Huck Theng, a popular and versatile Malaysian artist renowned for his abstract paintings among other painting styles which have adorned the walls of galleries, homes of private collectors and large institutions. Ch'ng Huck Theng is also the President of the Penang Art Society and sits on the Board of Trustees of the National Art  Gallery, Malaysia. There was a flurry of bidding for his artwork during the auction period and it was finally hammered at RM7,000.

Pix : Presentation of the auctioned items to the winners

Both items were handed over to the winning bidders at Rotary International's event held at Ritz Calton, Kuala Lumpur, with also in attendance Rotary club members from all over Malaysia, Mr and Mrs Ch'ng Huck Theng, best2bid CEO, Stephen Soon among many others. 

The full (100%) proceeds of RM 11,500 from the two items were channelled to the Rotary International Polio Eradication Fund as the group continued its shared responsibility to take action on the world’s most persistent issue, eradicating Polio and to stop it from reemerging. 

Pix (above) : Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta presented a certificate of appreciation to Stephen Soon, the CEO of Best2bid Technology Corp

Pix (bottom) :  A token of appreciation from Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta to Mr Ch'ng Huck Theng 

best2bid, the popular bidding platform for collectibles and valuable assets coordinated the fundraising auction project from initiating the event, generating awareness and marketing to connecting renown artists to contribute towards social causes and community building.

For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, they are always working to better our world, and remain committed to the end. 

Together with Rotary, best2bid believes that when people unite and take action to create a lasting change within the communities and themselves, we are eventually creating a better future for our next generations to come.

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