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Badminton Malaysia signs Solibad Charter

by Raphael Sachetat, AIPS Badminton Commission
KUALA LUMPUR, April 4, 2016 - The Badminton Association of Malaysia has signed the Solibad Charter to promote the programs of the charity foundation towards underprivileged children. This signature comes at a time where Malaysian badminton is clearly seeking to develop its grass roots projects within its own structure and aiming at developing talents amongst the youngsters and felt it was the right time to promote the work towards underprivileged children as well, with badminton as a tool to do.

“Badminton Association of Malaysia commends Solibad for its charitable cause to bring the badminton community together to help underprivileged children in different parts of the world. We extend our support to Solibad towards its noble cause and one of our first initiatives will be helping with promotion of Solibad Days from April 16-24.

For Solibad, the support of one of the leading countries in the badminton world is great news. “We are truly delighted to count Malaysia as one of our official supporters as it is a country where badminton is a main sport. We know that this partnership will make sense in future actions we
will try to promote together. And it makes even more sense because one of our first programs was in Malaysia. We thank the Malaysian officials for their support – I am sure it is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership” said Raphael Sachetat, the founder and current President of Solibad.

Malaysia’s program “Sanctuary Care Center” has started with the founding of Solibad, back in 2010. The charity supports financially an orphanage in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, where a Pastor and his wife look after 45 underprivileged children and orphans, only relying on donations and the Pastior’s small recycling business. The first Solibad Ambassador for Malaysia Koo Kien Keat – now independent from BAM – has always been supportive of this charity and has visited them few times and raised money for them on a few occasions. BAM had also invited the children and looked
after their transport to see the Malaysian Open back in 2012.

Malaysia is one of the main country to have adopted the Charter which states that “badminton is a sport we like to play and enjoy, we are acutely aware that across the globe, the sport of badminton can provide vital core educational and social support for children who live in difficult conditions and void of opportunities”.

PBSI, France, Australia and more than 12 other National Federations as well as Badminton Europe have signed the Charter to date, with more than 150 local clubs who have also vowed to help promote Solibad Actions on all 5 continents.
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