The "Rayuan Hari Pahlawan - 2013" for the "Tabung Pahlawan - 2013" was beautifully launched at a ceremony on Wednesday, 4 September 2013 commencing at 2030 hours held in Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur by YABhg. Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah bt Mansor, wife of YAB. Dato' Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abd Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, as Patron of the "Rayuan Hari Pahlawan - 2013". In 2010, the responsibility to organise the event was taken over by JHEV but with effect this year the responsibility has been given back to PBTM. The launch was telecast live over RTM1 on that night.

More than 3,000 serving and retired Armed Forces officers and personnel filled the hall to attend the launch. Present were the Minister of Defence, the Deputy Minister of Defence, the Chief of Army, the Chief of Air Force and the Deputy Chief of Navy and other military and civilian dignitaries. Also present were Presidents/Chairmen and representatives of the various veteran associations/ clubs. RAFOC was represented by our President and five other committee members.

The event started with the recital of a "sajak" by Nuri Angkasa, followed by the rendering of patriotic if not nostalgic songs by Dato' Jamal Abdilah and Dato' Siti Norhaliza. In launching the "Rayuan Hari Pahlawan - 2013" YABhg. Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah pledged a donation of RM515,000.00 from the "rock melon" programme to the fund.

Six other contributors presented their donation pledges to YABhg. Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah, led by LTAT with a donation of RM1 million. A total of nearly RM2 million was pledged on that night. More donations are expected from those who could not be present that night and the general public. The appeal will be for the period 4 September 2013 to 4 December 2013.

In 2012, a sum of RM6.72 million was collected and a sum of RM6 million or so was spent on the various welfare activities for the Armed Forces veterans. In addition to the PBTM, the various veteran associations/clubs were also given some fund by JHEV to assist them in their welfare activities for their members. RAFOC received RM8,000.00 which was given to us during our Annual General Meeting held on 22 June 2013.

We hope the various companies, corporations, organizations and individuals will remember the sacrifices made by the former members of the Armed Forces and do their bit to assist those now in dire need of some financial assistance from the "Tabung Pahlawan - 2013". We thank them in anticipation.