Manulife Malaysia continued to spread Christmas cheer to the underprivileged community under its Dear Santa project for the fourth year. This time around, festive cheer was shared to the Orang Asli children of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) flagship programme, the Orang Asli Education Support.
In collaboration with Pertubuhan Komuniti Kasih Selangor (PKKS), Manulife Malaysia supported the education of 133 Orang Asli children from five villages; Kg. Sg. Ruai, Kg. Ulu Ruai, Kg. Sg. Kelang, Kg. Satak and Kg. Bertang. This includes providing financial support for teachers to conduct after-school learning classes and providing daily transportation for children to get from their secluded villages to school.
On 14 December 2019, the team from Manulife Malaysia headed to Kg. Sg. Ruai, Pahang armed with festive decorations, presents for all the children as well as painting equipment. In the spirit of giving and sharing, all presents were sponsored by Manulife staff.
Upon arriving, the village’s community hall which also doubles as a classroom, was given a new coat of paint by senior management and volunteers. After which, children of the villages performed carols. Much to the delight of the children, all of them received their presents and top performing children were additionally rewarded with incentives from Manulife.
Manulife Malaysia’s Chief Executive Officer, Sang Lee said, “It is our hope that the Orang Asli Education Support will truly benefit the children of the future and the community in the long run. To end the year on a festive note while adding much happiness to the children is a joy to see. As a company that is committed in giving back to the community we operate in, we always look for ways to also involve our staff through the act of volunteering. Manulife Dear Santa is one of the ways of achieving this.”