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KUALA LUMPUR: THE Royal Selangor Club (RSC) motorsports section hosted the RSC Annual Motorsports Carnival and Blood Donation Drive at the Royal Selangor Club, here, recently.
Many automobile enthusiasts gathered at the club's car park to display their cars as well as show support for the blood donation drive.
About 80 vintage, classic and modern cars and superbikes were on display including the Lamborghini, Morris Motors, Fiat, Cadillac Coupe de Ville and El Camino Classic. The cars on parade included models from 1937 right up to the present day.
As part of the club's corporate social responsibility initiative, the motorsports section invited over 200 underprivileged children from seven charity homes to attend the event and gave them a chance to experience riding in all the different cars.
The homes were Stepping Stone Living Centre, Pusat Jagaan Anbe Sivam, Pusat Jagaan Siddharthan, Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Selayang, Agathiar Sanmarka Gurukulam Malaysia, Rumah Keluarga Kami and Home of Peace.
The carnival was officiated by Royal Selangor Club former president Datuk V.C. George.
RSC motorsports section convenor, R. Shanmugam said the event was being held for its sixth year and it was aimed at benefiting both automobile fans and underprivileged children.
"We hold this carnival annually to allow car and bike enthusiasts to share their interests and offer the opportunity for the public to view these valuable cars up close.
"Besides exposing the underprivileged kids to some automotive history, they were also given a chance to go for a ride in a convoy of classic and vintage cars.
"The blood donation drive is to encourage the public to donate blood and help the National Blood Centre to raise awareness on the importance of donating blood." said Shanmugam.
The kids were driven around the city and were taken to places like Lake Garden, the National Palace and Mont Kiara. They were escorted by police outriders.
The club also donated a total of RM35,000 to participating homes with each home receiving RM5,000.
The children were treated to lunch and tea. Clowns entertained the crowd with their antics and balloon sculpting.
RSC Motorsports Section co-organising chairman-cum-treasurer C.S. Nathan said, "Compared to previous years, this year's carnival is special as we were able to get a significant number of children to attend the event.
"We hope to hold this event on a bigger scale and invite more shelter homes to participate in future."