Sunway staff raise funds for colleagues

Healthcare personnel at Sunway Medical Centre receiving StaySafe packs from Sunway auxiliary police officers.

MANY corporations are stepping up measures to help alleviate hardships of those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and Sunway Group is one of them.

The Group’s staff are joining the battle individually and voluntarily. Some employees have come together in solidarity and support, asking for the opportunity to do their part and share their blessings in this current situation.

Within days of the movement control order, the #SunwayforGood Fund was swiftly set up in collaboration with Jeffrey Cheah Foundation with full consent and support of the senior management to collect donations from all Sunway employees to help those serving on the front lines as well as those in the essential and critical services.

More than RM800,000 was raised from hundreds of compassionate donors at the launch of the fund.

The funds will be used to aid front line healthcare workers who have been working tirelessly since the Covid-19 outbreak and those in the essential and critical services across Sunway businesses as well as the B40 communities in the vicinity of Sunway townships nationwide.

“In times of trouble, families come together to help overcome a crisis. At Sunway, we hold true to the saying ‘charity begins at home’.

“This is what is happening now with the Sunway family in facing the extraordinary challenges posed by the pandemic, ” said Sunway Group deputy executive chairman Tan Sri Razman M. Hashim.

“StaySafe” packs comprising masks, vitamin C and sanitisers will be distributed to all front line workers including those serving in the essential and critical services across Sunway Group.

The front line staff include healthcare workers at Sunway Medical Centre in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur and Sunway Medical Centre Velocity in Cheras who have been working round-the-clock; zoo keepers who continue to tend to the animals at Sunway Lagoon and Sunway Lost World of Tambun; hundreds of hotel staff across Sunway Group’s properties nationwide; facility maintenance workers as well as security officers and auxiliary police who continue their patrols to ensure the safety of Sunway townships and the communities, among others.

Meanwhile, Sunway Group committed RM300,000 to the #SunwayforGood Aid Now programme, designed for community relief efforts during times of crisis, particularly among the B40 communities nationwide with priority given to those around Sunway townships in Selangor, Perak, Penang and Johor.

The #SunwayforGood Aid Now programme also covers emergency relief initiatives such as earthquakes, flood and fire to help the indigent communities.

The programme includes financial aid, distribution of essential items or physical assistance such as helping to clean affected areas after a flood or an earthquake.

Previously, the #SunwayforGood Aid Now programme reached out to flood-stricken communities in Terengganu, Kelantan and Johor.

To shore up support for communities shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic, a contribution of RM100,000 from the #SunwayforGood fund has been channelled to Tabung Prihatin YKN-JKM Covid-19 by Yayasan Kebajikan Negara (YKN), which is expected to benefit at least 12,000 beneficiaries in the initial stages.

The contribution will be used to distribute dry groceries, including rice, flour, mee hoon, canned sardine, condensed milk, biscuits and cooking oil.

The Group is also actively looking at possible collaborations with other NGOs and will be able to roll out the next phase of its #SunwayforGood Aid Now programme to help the B40 communities.

“We are trying to do as much as we can to help the marginalised and the unfortunate, including our own people, to weather through this storm. I applaud the initiative to set up this fund by our employees to help our own people within the Group, and take pride in the caring culture of our brand, ” said Razman.

Last week, Sunway Group committed more than RM34mil which will help 40,000 Malaysian beneficiaries affected by the pandemic.

The contributions include RM1mil donation to the national Covid-19 fund to aid the B40 beneficiaries nationwide, up to RM12mil from Sunway Healthcare division to cover the cost of subsidising treatment for public patients from the Health Ministry and University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) hospitals, and RM20mil worth of rent-free days to Sunway Malls’ non-essential retailers.

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