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Vijay Eswaran takes home a Lifetime Regional Philanthropy Award

Vijay Eswaran, controlling
shareholder of Sri Lanka blue chip Asia Capital, won the Lifetime Regional
Philanthropy award, given by former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi last week.

The Award was given at the third World Chinese Economic
Forum held on 3 and 4 November at the Palace of the Golden Horses, in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia.

Vijay Eswaran was only one of the two non-Chinese individuals to have been
honoured with the lifetime achievement award at this event, among a total of 12
recipients that included prominent individuals of Chinese origin from the Asia
Pacific region.

A renowned Entrepreneur, bestselling author and a well-known speaker Vijay Eswaran was featured amongst the
top 48 philanthropists in Forbes Asia’s annual list of Heroes of Philanthropy
in the region, earlier this year.  As part of his growing QI Group of
companies, he has established the RYTHM foundation, registered in Hong Kong,
that channels CSR activities of the QI Group around the world. In Sri Lanka,
Vijay Eswaran has been actively involved in the Foundation of Goodness (FOG),
an organisation that aims to narrow the gap between urban and rural life.

In 2007 he donated the only paediatric laparoscopy machine in Sri Lanka to
the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.
His foundation also set up a team of volunteers to distribute relief material
and over $5 million during the Tsunami rehabilitation efforts.  Most
recently, his Foundation was involved with Sri Lanka Unites (SLU), a youth
organisation, to bring relief to school children affected by the recent floods
that wreaked havoc in the Eastern, North Central and North Eastern regions of
Sri Lanka. He has also established a Malaysian chapter, Vijayaratnam
Foundation, in honour of his philanthropist father that works on numerous
initiatives in Malaysia towards youth and women empowerment, promotion of arts
and culture, education and environmental protection.

Eswaran attributes his philanthropic activities to his upbringing, coming
from a family where philanthropy was a way of life. His father, who passed away
just a week before he received the award, was an important influence in that
arena.
The World Chinese Economic Forum (WCEF) organised by leading think tank Asian
Strategy and Leadership Institute, focuses on the emergence of the Global
Chinese economic power, which is not only from China but also from the Chinese
Diaspora worldwide. The theme for this year’ was “Linking East and West in a
Globalised World.”

The third WCEF brought together prominent role-players from 25 countries and
delegates from 31 countries along with top industrial players including policy
makers, NGO’s, political leaders and the general public. It was supported by
leading organisations that included the Chinese Professional and Business
Association in Australia, The China Council for the Promotion of International
Trade (CCPIT), China Development Institute (CDI), China Association of Mayors,
Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products.

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