SAS Malaysia (SAS), the leading business intelligence solutions and services provider, recently presented a total of RM8,597.33 to Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in support of the institutions charity programme Selangkah ke Alam Universiti.
SAS managing director Jimmy Cheah said: This effort is part of our long-term goal to be a contributing corporate citizen. The charity programme ties in closely with our commitment to support educational causes.
The Selangkah ke Alam Universiti programme offers an opportunity for form five students and orphans who achieved excellent academic results but lack financial support to experience campus life.
It encourages students to aspire to be the best they can through the pursuit of higher education.
The three-day programme, scheduled for February next year, will provide free motivational courses, competitions, career planning sessions and recreational exercises.
UUM student mentors will be assigned to participants who will be allowed to experience life as university students.
The programme aims to emphasise the value of proper career planning, said UUMs Faculty of Quantitative Sciences deputy dean Prof Engku Muhammad Nazri.
The funds were raised through an expedition to Mount Kinabalu by a team of six SAS executives and representatives from HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, RHB Bank Berhad and United Overseas Bank Malaysia. The nine climbers succeeded in planting the SAS9 flag on Malaysias highest peak.
The funds were raised based on a rate of 25 cents per metre height scaled by each participant.
SAS Malaysia project manager and expedition leader Leong Sze Juen gave her thumbs-up to the participants.
Despite the challenging trails, spirits were high even among the first time climbers. It was an achievement to have successfully done this, considering that an expedition like this usually requires months of preparation, she said.