The Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant socio-economic impact globally.
Locally, the pandemic has led to many families facing financial difficulties and losing their livelihoods. It has also affected the homeless who are struggling to survive.
In view of this, global healthcare company Novo Nordisk collaborated with Kechara Soup Kitchen, a charitable organisation, as part of its corporate social responsibility programme to help the communities severely affected.
Novo Nordisk Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei vice-president and general manager Richard Abela said everyone had felt the impact of the virus in one way or another.
“At Novo Nordisk, we strive to give back to local communities in hopes of making a positive impact on their lives.
“We are proud to support Kechara Soup Kitchen’s efforts in helping the less fortunate
“The organisation goes out of its way to ensure that families are not living in hunger.
“We admire this noble effort and commend Kechara Soup Kitchen for its continuous contribution to society,” he said after presenting a cheque for RM30,000 as well as 66,000 face masks to Kechara Soup Kitchen president Henry Ooi.
The presentation ceremony took place at Kechara Food Bank located in Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Also present was Kechara Soup Kitchen operations director Justin Cheah.
The funds are to help Kechara Soup Kitchen supply meals and basic provisions to needy families and individuals.
“We feel sorry for the communities affected by the pandemic.
“For Kechara Soup Kitchen, the restrictions and lockdown during the initial phase posed several challenges, not only in terms of funding but also our ability to deliver food to those who needed it.
“We are thankful for Novo Nordisk’s support. These contributions go a long way in helping many families get food and keep them safe from Covid-19,” said Ooi.