Hard Rock Heals Foundation Awarded Grant To Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti

Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast



MALAYSIA, Johor, Mar. 12, 2019 – The Hard Rock Heals Foundation, in collaboration with Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast today announced a $5,000 USD grant to be awarded to Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti (CSB), a Johor based non-governmental organisation that runs three schools for Rohingya refugee children. The $5,000 grant will be used to provide the students at the schools, access to music lessons, musical instruments, performance opportunities as well as music scholarships.

Cheque presentation to Puan Soraya Alkaff


“More than a means of expression, music connects people and cultures. Working closely with Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti, we at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast hope to provide a platform for the students to discover the power of music and to inspire the love for music. We are very excited to begin our partnership with Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti and together, continue working towards inspiring and building hope through music.” Peter Wynne, Area Vice President of Operations (APAC).

Group photo of volunteers at Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti


Over 12 months, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast will be providing monthly music lessons to 150 students taught by experienced music teachers and also the hotel’s resident band and staff. They will also be equipping the school with their very first musical instruments including acoustic guitars, bongos, percussion instruments and cajóns for the students to practice and perform with. Students will also have an opportunity to perform at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast where two best performing students will stand a chance to receive a 1-year music scholarship to learn an instrument.


The Hard Rock Heals Foundation was created by Hard Rock International in 2016, to contribute positively towards people and communities through the power of music. For the third consecutive year, the foundation has provided grants to support community-run programs for those who share Hard Rock’s passion for music; with Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast being selected as one of the 50 grant recipients around the world to continue its mission.


“Working closely with Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, we are glad that the children are given with the valuable opportunity to learn music as part of their school curriculum. This exposure and skills learnt will be very useful for the children in the future and impart good virtue in their growing up years,” said Puan Soraya Alkaff, the Founder & Executive Director of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti.


This announcement marks the foundation’s third consecutive year supporting community-run programs through grants that provide greater opportunities for those who share Hard Rock’s passion for music. In 2019, the Hard Rock Heals Foundation will donate a total of $250,000 to charities in support of their music-related efforts.

To see the full list of grant winners, and for more information on Hard Rock Heals Foundation, visit http://www.hardrock.com/healsfoundation.


About Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti

Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti is based in Malaysia and strives to meet the needs of the growing Rohingya population in the state of Johor. In 2018, the home was awarded the implementing partner for education the United Nation High Commissions for Refugees (UNHCR). Any enquiries for support and partnerships can be sent to cahayasuryabakti@gmail.com.


About Hard Rock Heals Foundation

The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.


About Hard Rock International

With venues in 76 countries, including 184 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectable fashion and music-related merchandise available in Rock Shops and online at https://shop.hardrock.com. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands including Hard Rock Live performance venues. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Desaru Coast, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street in the United Kingdom, Djerba, Tunisia, Gran Canaria, Spain, and Chandigarh, India. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.