nourished a Hundred Families
Manuilfe Holdings Berhad joined hands with MyKasih Foundation
to reach out and render assistance to 100 families in the underserved
communities of Selangor and Johor Bahru through the MyKasih Love
My Neighbourhood food aid programme.
During a cheque presentation ceremony held at Sekolah
Kebangsaan Bukit Lanjan (Asli) Damansara Perdana on 29th February
2016, Manulife Holdings Chief Executive Officer, Mark ODell
said in his speech, I am truly saddened to hear about the
plight of families who are not having enough food to eat, particularly
those with young children. I am concerned about their wellbeing,
as it would certainly have a bearing on their performance in school
and therefore, their future.
Through MyKasih, we hope to be able to meet
the families basic need for nourishment. We find this to
be a worthy cause to continue supporting, as we can see that what
we do makes a difference, added ODell.
In addition to the food aid sponsorship, Manulife
also sponsored 67 sets of Back-To-School kits which were distributed
to the children of its Selangor beneficiaries in conjunction with
the cheque presentation ceremony. The kits comprised of school
uniforms, shoes, stationery, lunch boxes and water bottles. Meanwhile,
Present & Pleasant Enterprise, a long-time community partner
of MyKasih Foundation, sponsored 67 BakProtek school bags.
MyKasih Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder, Tan
Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat acknowledged Manulifes generosity
in nourishing underserved communities in Selangor and Johor.
I am grateful for this new community service
partnership with Manulife. Raising the living standards of low-income
households in order to meet the countrys aspiration of a
high-income nation starts with helping the vulnerable poor cope
with escalating costs of living, said Tan Sri Dr Ngau.
Thanking Manulife in his speech during the event
that day, MyKasih Foundation Managing Director, Jeffrey Perera
said, Without Manulifes gift of RM72,000 towards the
food aid programme, the basic needs of the families and children
who are here today could not have been met.
When we feed a hungry person and when we nourish
a child in school, we are building resilience into a community.
The impact may seem insignificant at first, but
through the power of goodwill, technology and sustained actions,
we can achieve the impact we seek, added Perera.
Others in attendance at the event included Present
& Pleasant Enterprises Director, Howard Lai, and Manulifes
food aid beneficiaries and their school-going children.
Mark ODell (left picture, for left) handing
over the Manulife-sponsored school stationery in the BakProtek
3D Back Protection school bags sponsored by Howard Lai (right