Making an impact in various ways

Starting young: Children from Rumah Charis learning to grow their own vegetables at Gohtong Jaya Garden.

Starting young: Children from Rumah Charis learning to grow their own vegetables at Gohtong Jaya Garden.

DELOITTE employees were flying the nation’s flag high while creating a positive impact as they joined hands in a recent company-wide volunteer programme called Impact Day last Friday.

About 700 Deloitte employees rolled up their sleeves to help various communities throughout the country through activities such as building libraries and a house, restoring shelters and planting vegetation to teach eco-responsibility.

With the annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) event occuring on the eve of Merdeka Day, the region-wide initiative also celebrated Malaysia’s independence with the theme “Making a lasting impact”. In total, 15 underserved communities in the Klang Valley, Penang, Ipoh, Malacca, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak benefitted from the event.

Deloitte Malaysia Impact Day champion Najib Nizar noted that this year’s event had received tremendous support and it encouraged the spirit of Merdeka as well.

“This is Deloitte’s annual celebration of our CSR efforts to improve the well-being and quality of life of the community we operate in. This year’s efforts centred on youth and education. We hope to give our youths a stepping stone towards their independence from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as empower them to move forward through education and learning,” he said.

In the spirit of Merdeka, children with learning disabilities at the CADS Enhancement Centre were given colouring lessons on national icons like the hibiscus and the Jalur Gemilang.

The children and volunteers also sang the NegaraKu together in the spirit of the country’s independence.

In Kota Damansara, 250 volunteers, including a troop of university students, gathered to revitalise the township’s forest reserve and the low-cost public flats located in Section 8.

Friends of Kota Damansara chairman Dr Jeffrey Phang said, “We are thankful to have such a large contingent to help spruce up our neighbourhood as well as keep our patch of forest in the concrete jungle green and clean.”

Meanwhile, children from Rumah Charis were taken for an eco-tour in collaboration with Project Harvest at an agro-edu farm in Gohtong Jaya.

They gained practical experience on growing vegetation in soil as well as hydroponic gardens and will even get to enjoy their labour of love later as the harvested produce will be donated back to the home.

Deloitte Impact Day was also organised in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Guam.

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