The Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC) rallied the Malaysian and Australian business communities here recently to successfully raise RM126,000 for the Queensland Flood Relief Fundraiser to go towards alleviating the plight of those affected by the worst floods to ever hit the Australian state.

Online PR News – 31-January-2011 – – Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), who was also the venue sponsor, the event, which was supported by the Malaysia-Australia-New-Zealand Association (MANZA) and the American Chamber of Commerce, saw 260 people in attendance led by H.E Miles Kupa, Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia. The ‘Malaysian Warriors Australian Rules Football Club’ was also in attendance to lend their support.

Mr. Michael Halpin, MABC Chairman said, “the flood in Queensland is a disaster on a monumental scale effecting an area larger than Germany and France. It has taken lives, destroyed homes, infrastructure and businesses. The Malaysia Australia Business Council as an organisation with strong links to Australia has a duty to assist. Given the scale of the disaster, all donations no matter how small will help.”

Datuk Peter Brokenshire, General Manager, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, said the Centre was honoured to be a participant by sponsoring the venue as “an event of this nature is part and parcel of our corporate social responsibility. We are also delighted to be able to enhance the Malaysia-Australia bond given our ties with AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, Australia.”

AEG Ogden is KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd’s joint venture partner in Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the manager and operator of the Centre.

In an evening that saw RM126,000 raised from corporate donations, ‘silent’ auctions and raffles, guests were also treated to Australian cuisine prepared by the Centre’s brigade of 51 chefs.