Billionaire backer for US-based Malaysian track star Shereen Vallabouy
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12th May 2022
KUALA LUMPUR: Berjaya Corporation Berhad founder Vincent Tan has rallied to the aid of US-based Malaysian athlete Shereen Vallabouy with a US$52,000 (RM228,000) financial backing as she pursues academic and sporting excellence. His personal charity organisation, Better Malaysia Foundation (BMF), will support Shereen’s living expenses and other costs for the duration of her studies at Winona State University in Minnesota.
Tan told a press conference today: “I am impressed with Shereen’s achievements and I admire her zeal to qualify on merit for the 400m in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
“With such passion in Shereen, it is disheartening that she and her parents had to go through much struggle to finance her living expenses while pursuing her studies in the US.
“I hope that this contribution will alleviate her financial worries so that she will be able to focus on her training and upcoming competitions.”
He hoped others in the private sector would step in to assist athletes who need funds to chase their sporting and academic ambitions. Tan and BMF deputy chairman Sunita Mei-Lin Rajakumar jointly presented a mock cheque for US$52,000 to Samson and Josephine at Berjaya Times Square.
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