SUNWAY Group brought cheer to 694 pupils as part of its nationwide #SunwayForGood Back-to-School Programme in Penang.
Each pupil received a school bag, two sets of school uniforms, stationery, a food container and a water tumbler during a simple ceremony at the Prai Exhibition and Convention Centre at Sunway Carnival Mall, near Butterworth.
The recipients from seven primary schools in Seberang Jaya were from the B40 group (households with monthly income of RM3,900 or below).
Exco member Dr Afif Bahardin, who is also Seberang Jaya assemblyman, launched the event.
He commended Sunway Group on its initiative which is in line with the Penang 2030 vision in enhancing quality of life, especially for those from the B40 group.
“We are grateful that corporations such as Sunway have joined hands with us to build a family-focused, green and smart state.
“With the firms’ network, talent and resources, we can achieve our goal much faster,” he said.
Also present to help hand out the school items were Sunway Berhad Penang property development division general manager Ahila Ganesan, Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya and Sunway Hotel Georgetown general manager Prakash Kumaran, Sunway Carnival Mall general manager Chow Heng Wah and Sunway Group branding marketing and communications assistant manager Bernard Paul.
Ahila said the back-to-school programme was aimed at benefiting about 4,000 students from 103 schools across four states this year.
“Education is close to the heart of our founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah who believes everyone should be given a chance to pursue quality education as that is the best route out of poverty.
“That is why he started the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation which gives out scholarships,” she said.
Sunway Group had given out supplies to students from three schools in Selangor, 11 schools in Johor and 82 schools in Perak as well as to orphanages.
The entire contributions for the programme amounted to RM470,000 for the second phase while aid for the first phase, costing RM215,000, was given to 850 students early this year.