Petronas Foundation distributed food aid and hygiene kits to 5,400 underprivileged beneficiaries in all states under this year’s Sentuhan Kasih Festive programme in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Gawai and Kaamatan celebrations.
Together with Social Welfare Department representatives, Petronas volunteers distributed groceries, face masks and hygiene kits to selected families across Malaysia.
Food essentials included rice, cooking oil, sugar, salt, eggs, flour, condensed milk, sardines, cream crackers and glutinous rice.
The foundation also presented two boxes of festive cookies — made and delivered by 11 Program Mekar participants — to recipients in the northern and east coast regions.
Meanwhile, seven local home-based bakers with registered businesses from the underprivileged communities in Sabah and Sarawak delivered their cookies to the recipients in both states.
In Perak, the Sentuhan Kasih Aidilfitri programme was implemented by Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) for two days.
On the first day, UTP vice-chancellor Prof Ts Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib handed over food items, face masks, hygiene kits and festive cookies to 300 families in Lenggong through Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad.
The event was held at the Mentri Besar’s office.
The following day, Prof Mohamed Ibrahim handed similar items to 100 families in Perak Tengah through Perak Tengah district officer Rozalinawati Che Roslee.
All the items were then distributed to 400 families by the state Social Welfare Department.
“As our nation continues to address the Covid-19 challenges, Petronas Foundation remains committed in supporting the underprivileged community,” said its chief executive officer Nelly Francis Shariah.
“The festive cookies are meant to bring joy not only to the beneficiaries but also to the Program Mekar participants who are able to boost their income during the festive season,” she said.
Program Mekar, among others, provides entrepreneurship skills training for the communities to address poverty at the grassroots.
In the past two years, 1,045 individuals have been trained in baking, sewing, carpentry, woodworking, business and marketing.
The skills training through Program Mekar is conducted in Kedah by the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority, in Kuala Nerus by MyKasih and in the east coast states by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council.
Sentuhan Kasih Festive is a yearly programme that coincides with key festive seasons. It aims to spread joy and improve the quality of life for the underprivileged.
The programme is also in line with the Petronas Sustainability Agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.