PEOPLE who dedicate their efforts through charity organisations for the benefit of the less fortunate have been described as society’s unsung heroes and should be offered financial support.
Berjaya Corporation founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan gave high praises for such individuals for the expertise, time and care they had contributed.
“Given the current pace of life, people are devoted to earning a living and it is hard to even think of helping others, but try we must.
“Charity work is not only done through financial means, there are other ways to contribute.
“I salute these people working for such organisations. There is little or no monetary reward nor is there recognition, but they are driven by the conviction to do what is morally right; they are the unsung heroes in our society,” he said during his speech at the fifth Berjaya Founder’s Day celebration at Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur.
This year Vincent contributed RM20.08mil to 79 charitable organisations through his personal foundation, the Better Malaysia Foundation and the Berjaya Cares Foundation.
He added that it was his and the company’s privilege to be able to provide some financial support to help those who are helping others.
To-date, Vincent and the Berjaya Group had contributed a total of RM84.08mil to support the causes of various charity organisations for Founder’s Day.
Berjaya Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Seri Robin Tan, during his opening speech, said the year’s event, themed “Let’s Go – Plant a Seed of Love”, focused on growing Vincent’s legacy of giving through the spirit of volunteerism.
“He planted the seed of philanthropy many years ago. Like a tree that has blossomed from the seed, his legacy of giving can now be seen in the corporate social responsibility efforts of the group and two foundations.
“We try to help as many different segments of communities as possible, hence our contributions are very diversified,” said Robin.
The donations are channelled to education, humanitarian aid, medical causes, environmental conservation, preservation of arts and culture, animal welfare and assisting deserving communities.
At the event, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation founder Dharma Master Cheng Yan, who was not present, was named the Better Malaysia Foundation Person of the Year.
“She is special, wise and truly incredible. I respect her leadership that made Tzu Chi such an impactful organisation that has benefitted the world,” he said, pledging US$10mil (RM36,794,000) to the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia.
“Through Tzu Chi, the contribution will be able to reach far and wide, and I am happy to donate as soon as I can,” he said, adding that the funds would come from the sale of one of his assets.
Berjaya Founder’s Day also saw the celebration of Vincent’s 63rd birthday.
A family-day carnival was also held for the staff of Berjaya group of companies where they enjoyed fun and games as well as food and entertainment.
Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Sultanah of Pahang Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom also graced the occasion.