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Malaysian Students Raise Money for Orphanage
Text and photos James Alexander

At a December charity concert, the Sechenov Malaysian Student Association presented a check for 125,000 rubles to the Childrens Hope International charity which runs medical and social programs for orphans and at-risk children in 10 regions of Russia. Some 2,000 Malaysians are studying to be doctors at Sechenov, the Moscow Medical Academy under an international agreement. The number is planned to increase to 10,000 in coming years. The program is crucial to Malaysias health care plans.

Jaclyn Victor, the winner of the first Malaysian Idol television competition in 2004, was the star of the Christmas Bash concert. Jaclyn comes from an Indian Christian family in Kuala Lumpur and is active in church events.

Malaysian Ambassador, His Excellency.Dato Mohammad Kalis, was guest of honor at the concert, which was attended by a number of diplomats from Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and the U.S. The Project President was Dalvinder Singh, a 21-year old medical student who led a 20-strong committee in organizing a very sophisticated and professional event, featuring the Tourism Malaysia Dance Troupe, a Malaysian break dance group, an international Christmas choir, a fashion show with stunning Malaysian models and some incredible acrobatics by a Brazilian Capoiera group.

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