EIGHT hours, 240 people and 100,000 packed meals.
Sunway Group employees in Ipoh went all out in doing their part to pack meals for the needy and undernourished folk in Malaysia, Cambodia and Timor Leste.
The marathon was held at the Lost World Hotel in Tambun, Ipoh.
Sunway City Ipoh senior general manager Wong Wan Wooi said the event was part of a bigger mission to pack 500,000 food packages under the #sunwayforgood Rise Against Hunger meal packing initiative.
“About 100,000 meals had already been packed at Sunway University in conjunction with the Worldchefs Congress and Expo 2018, 120,000 at Sunway Medical Centre in Klang Valley and 80,000 in Sunway Iskandar Johor.
“After today’s event, another 100,000 meals will be packed at Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya, Penang,” he said, adding that the specially formulated nutrition-dense dehydrated meals, comprised rice, lentils, dehydrated vegetables and a flavouring mix packed with 23 essential minerals and vitamins.
“We will have packed one million meals by the end of the year since the initiative started in 2014,” he added.
Wong said the initiative was in line with Sunway’s aim to drive United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the region.
“Hunger is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues.
“Targeting hunger is fundamental to supporting other causes including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children,” he said.
“We are proud that our employees have gone all out to achieve one million food packages,” he added.
Some 250,000 meals will be distributed around poverty-stricken communities in Malaysia, 100,000 to homeless shelters and orphanages in Cambodia and 150,000 to refugee communities in Timor Leste.
The meals will be delivered through six non-governmental organisations – Rotary Centennial Club Johor, Sahabat Orang Asli, Rotary Club KK South Sabah, Rotary Club Kuching Sarawak, Salesians Missions for Timor Leste and One2One Cambodia.