THE British American Tobacco (BAT) Malaysia Foundation recently gave out RM500 each to 317 children of tobacco farmers in Rantau Panjang, Ke-lantan.
The aid was given out under the company’s Higher Education Starter Kit (HESK) programme in a ceremony officiated by National Tobacco Board chairman Datuk Mohd Zain Ismail.
The recipients were students who had been accepted into local colleges or universities this year.
The money is to help cover the initial costs incurred by the students when they commence their studies such as for the purchase of books and clothing, and transportation.
Mohd Zain, who is also the Bukit Tuku assemblyman, said education played a key role in the development of future leaders.
BAT Malaysia operations manager Ahmad Bahri Hassan said education was the primary focus of the BAT Malaysia Foundation with the collaboration of National Tobacco Board.
He said RM522,000 had been given out to 1,044 recipients between 2002 and 2006 under the HESK programme.
“Many recipients had gone on to accomplish great success both in academic and in corporate world,” he added.