Company’s walk raises RM34,000 for kids with HIV

(From left) Roche Services Asia-Pacific general manager Martin Kikstein, Duan and Roche Diagnostics Malaysia general manager Heng Chai Yin (right) handing a mock cheque to Fadzilah.

Rumah Solehah, a home for children living with HIV/AIDS in Petaling Jaya, received RM34,100 from Roche Malaysia in conjunction with its annual corporate social responsibility event, Roche Children’s Walk.

This was made possible with the help of more than 1,000 Roche employees from the pharmaceutical, diagnostics and shared services division.

Roche Children’s Walk is the company’s signature worldwide employee project.

Since the first company walk in 2003, more than 230,000 Roche employees worldwide have raised over CHF19mil (RM86.6mil) in donations for children’s projects around the world.

In 2019 alone, 25,000 employees across 169 sites in 76 countries participated in the walk, a record year.

With the ongoing pandemic, it was more challenging than previous years as most fund-raising activities had to be organised virtually.However, that did not deter the employees’ passion and enthusiasm and they proposed innovative and creative virtual fund-raising activities such as a concert, walks, bazaar and auctions for service.

“Themed ‘Let’s Go!’, the walk not only unites employees from all over the world but also serves to remind that each of us can have an impact and improve other people’s lives, ” said Roche Malaysia general manager Lance Duan.

“In 2020, we helped raise funds for Rumah Solehah and I was pleased to see our employees actively participating in various virtual fund-raising activities, as the funds raised would help these children gain a better quality of life.

“These children need a lot of love, care and attention from the community instead of being shunned for their condition.

“I am truly humbled by my colleagues’ energy and their determination to make an impact in our local community, especially when there were a group of volunteers who continuously visited the home to look into the needs of the children, ” he added.

“We are grateful that Roche partnered with us for the second year to raise funds for the children, ” said Rumah Solehah head Fadzilah Abdul Hamid.

“The Covid-19 and imposition of the movement control order affected our ability to carry out our various annual fund-raising activities.

“The contribution from Roche Malaysia will be helpful in meeting the needs of running the home, from providing the children with nutritious meals, medicines and tuition to visits to hospitals.

“We are most proud to announce that contribution from Roche Children’s Walk in 2019 enabled one student to fulfil her culinary dream by enrolling in a baking course.

“It is heart-warming to see that amid the current challenging times, companies like Roche are still supporting underprivileged community with their generosity, ” she added.

The funds raised in Malaysia will be matched by the company for the global initiatives through the Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust (Re&Act), a legally independent charity.

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