NP642 Charity Foundation and Star Media Group (SMG) chairman Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung have donated RM10,000 each to the Star Foundation for its charitable programmes.
NP642 Charity Foundation chairman Johnsen Lim said its contribution would be channelled to the underprivileged community through Star Foundation.
“The foundation has raised funds and contributed to charity organisations yearly as part of our efforts to give back to society.
“Last year, we also contributed funds to Sin Chew Foundation,” he added.
Lim said RM100,000 was collected last year from a series of programmes such as sale of masks, charity gala dinners and public donations.
“The funds were also channelled to several needy schools and orphanages as well as the Star Foundation,” he said, adding that many people were badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lim was accompanied by NP642 Charity Foundation directors Datuk Tang See Hang and Wong Kam Kuan during a mock cheque presentation to Star Foundation trustee Datuk Tan Chong Seng at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya.
Also present were Chor and SMG chief executive officer Alex Yeow.
Chor said Star Foundation represented the corporate social responsibility (CSR) side of SMG.
“As the chairman, I believe that I should start the ball rolling by contributing a small amount to Star Foundation, in my personal capacity.
“This is so that the foundation can continue to do more meaningful projects and contributions for multiracial communities.
“I hope that more corporations or individuals can come forward to contribute to Star Foundation and enable the foundation to continue playing an effective role for good causes.
“Every year, the foundation has been contributing RM500,000 to RM600,000 to various community projects and we shall continue to do so in the coming years,” he said.
Chor said Star Foundation acknowledged the many sacrifices of frontliners looking after the safety of the Malaysian public, especially those who had contracted Covid-19.
“Because of that, donors and Star Foundation had contributed a sum of RM2.6mil last year, in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment to help the frontliners.
“In order to see a quick end to the pandemic, everyone has to play an effective role through physical distancing and other precautions.
“It will be futile if citizens do not cooperate with the government’s efforts to bring the number of cases down,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Tan thanked the donors for supporting the foundation’s programmes.
“In uncertain times like these, many NGOs are appealing for help as their regular fundraising activities have been disrupted.
“We are committed to lending a hand to struggling NGOs and the needy communities to help them get through these challenging times,” he said.
As the charitable arm of SMG, Star Foundation aims to support impactful initiatives to help a diverse group of beneficiaries.
Since 2004, the foundation has donated a total of RM19.8mil to more than 300 organisations.
It also has been running a Medical Fund Programme since 2015 to help underprivileged individuals suffering from chronic illnesses, by sponsoring one-off medical treatment and care.
For more information on Star Foundation’s work with the community, visit starfoundation.com.my