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KOTA KINABALU – Some 700 people attended the Third Franciscan Night at Hakka Hall Likas on 22 Apr 2017.
The event was organised by the Alumni of St Francis Convent Schools headed by Datuk Hajah Aminah Ambrose in aid of the secondary school building fund.
The attendees were mostly former students and teachers with their families, friends, and donors.
Datuk Jainah Ahmad, Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister, read out the speech of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
“It is my hope that former students, many of whom are successful in their respective career paths, will continue to serve the community and also encourage students at St Francis to strive for excellence in all that they do,” he wrote.
The minister also promised to remind the chief minister to release the remaining half a million to the school for the building fund (he promised RM1m at the 2016 dinner).
Leena Toyoi, head of the fundraising committee, said this year’s ribbon-cutting garnered RM108,000 which will help in meeting the RM2.5m needed to complete the building project. The project is scheduled to be completed in September this year.
Mock Cheque Presentations were held after the Ribbon Cutting ceremony.
In her speech, Mary Florence Gomez, chairperson of the Board of Governors, acknowledged the role of the Alumni and the Parents-Teachers Association in assisting the progress of the construction of the new school buildings sited at Bukit Padang, which started in September 2015.
Present also at the dinner were Archbishop John Wong, the adviser of the Board, and Toh Puan Rahimah Stephens, the patron of the Alumni.
Stage entertainment was by students currently enrolled in the school.