THE underserved communities in nine states and two Federal Territories received some Christmas cheer in the form of care packages from Yayasan Petronas.
The foundation, in collaboration with Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PDB), has been distributing festive gifts, food supplies and personal hygiene care packages to 2,000 beneficiaries from various charities as part of its Sentuhan Kasih programme.
The basic necessities and festive gifts worth RM220,000 in total are being channelled to the underprivileged, including children, elderly, physically challenged and single parent families across Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Selangor.
Yayasan Petronas chief executive officer Nelly Francis Shariah said the act of giving must continue so that good flourished amid challenging times.
“We may not be able to spread Christmas cheer with fun activities this year, but our team is committed to supporting the less fortunate communities by providing them basic necessities during this festive season.”
Petronas Dagangan Bhd managing director and chief executive Azrul Osman Rani said this year had been challenging.”Wherever possible we try to fulfil our duty as a responsible and caring organisation to assist those in need.
“We are glad to once again collaborate with Yayasan Petronas to expand the reach of the Sentuhan Kasih programme and hope our contribution will bring joy to them this festive season, ” he said.
Over the past few days Yayasan Petronas has distributed 100 care packages to Rumah Bethany in Perak for their Christmas celebrations.
In Sarawak, 300 care packages were distributed to the Long Lama District Office in Miri.
In Sabah, 400 care packages were distributed to the Mahkamah Anak Negeri in Penampang, Kota Kinabalu Social Welfare Department, Jireh Home in Tuaran, Taman Pendidikan OKU and Sri Harapan in Sandakan, as well as Sri Pritchard Old Folks Home, Holy Family Residence For Senior Citizens, and Rumah Kanak-Kanak Beringgis in Papar, among others.
Each year, in conjunction with major celebrations in Malaysia, Yayasan Petronas offers underserved communities items for their basic needs and well-being.
In the past, activities that included gotong-royong and motivational talks were carried out by volunteers.
The Sentuhan Kasih programme is part of Yayasan Petronas’ community well-being and development focus area.
It is also in line with the Petronas Sustainability Agenda and the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.