Representatives of St Joseph`s School Class of `79 yesterday morning presented a cheque for RM36,161 to the President of the Old Josephians` Association and Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.
The presentation ceremony was held at the school.
The money will be used to repair classrooms in the Mill Hill Block of the school.
Sim thanked the former students for their loyalty to the school and for kick-starting the fundraising efforts.
He said the school had churned out a lot of professionals and ministers who should not forget their roots.
The school, built over 135 years ago, is wearing down and Dr. Sim said funds were needed to maintain the buildings and ensure they were safe.
The school was designed by Father Haidegger and declared open by Rajah Charles Brooke in 1894.
After it was reported the Mill Hill Block was in such a poor condition that many classrooms had been deemed unsafe, a group of Josephians from the Class of `79 quickly passed the word ` and the hat-around and raised over RM31,000 in just a few days.
Representatives of St Joseph’s School Class of ’79 presenting the cheque for RM36,161 to President of the Old Josephians’ Association and Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian (fifth right) yesterday.
Form 5 1983 & Upper 6 1985
(Taken from The New Sarawak Tribune)