A UK based Malaysian celebrity chef, Norman Musa has decided to climb the majestic 4,095 metre high Mt Kinabalu to raise fund for the Medical Relief and Humanitarian Aid carried out by MERCY Malaysia.
In a press conference yesterday, Chef Norman told reporters that MERCY approached him last year to act as their ambassador and he has been more involved in charity ever since.
Once a quantity surveyor and now a chef, Norman is a firm believer in giving back to society, which he is doing by helping the needy.
“Early this year, I came for a tour around Malaysia and my visit to Sabah made me think of the ‘Climbing Mount Kinabalu Project’.
“When I saw the breathtaking view of Mount Kinabalu, I told myself that I have to climb it,” he said.
Norman said that it took the team and MERCY Malaysia nine months to plan the charity project. As this is his first climb on Mount Kinabalu, Norman said he was very excited about it.
“I am really excited because this is one of my dreams that I wanted to accomplish, but I am nervous as well as this is the highest mountain that I will climb,” he said.
Norman used his social Facebook fan page to announce this fundraising project and 18 of his fans all around Malaysia have signed up for the climb.
MERCY Malaysia Executive Director, Ahmad Faezal Mohamed said the charity project is one of the efforts to raise fund as well as to make MERCY Malaysia better known.
“We are grateful that there are fellow Malaysians who are concerned about the less fortunate who need help and are aware of MERCY Malaysia. We need the support as we rely on public donations to keep us going,” he said.
The two-day climb will starts on 9th October. It aims to raise about RM38,000. The public can support the charity fund by donating to MERCY Malaysia – Norman Musa Fund, account number; CIMB 1424-0007034-05-2 or visit www.mercy.org.myfor more information on how to donate.