KUALA LUMPUR: The Eco World Foundation honoured its many supporters and donors by hosting an Eco World Foundation Appreciation Luncheon 2017 – a special event filled with entertaining performances by EcoWorld staff.
Established in May 2014 under the auspices of Eco World Development Group Berhad (EcoWorld Malaysia), the Foundation serves as the Group’s charitable arm in providing assistance to underprivileged Malaysians.
Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Chairman of the Eco World Foundation expressed his gratitude to the Foundation’s generous donors for their kind contributions this year which totaled more than RM6.8 million.
Among those present were Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, Chairman of Eco World Development Group Berhad; Dato’ Chang Khim Wah, President & CEO of Eco World Development Group Berhad; Dato’ Teow Leong Seng, President & CEO of Eco World International Berhad; Dato’ Voon Tin Yow, Executive Director of Eco World Development Group Berhad; Tan Sri Mohd Radzi Bin Sheikh Ahmad and Philip Mathews, Trustees of Eco World Foundation.
Lee said: “We are indeed honoured to welcome our many generous donors who believe and subscribe to the aims of our Foundation. Without your support, the Foundation would not be able to fulfil its purpose of helping the needy from all walks of life, ethnic groups and regions in Malaysia.”
The Foundation seeks to help disadvantaged Malaysians improve their quality of life and it focuses on promoting education which is a key element in breaking the cycle of poverty.
“It goes without saying that our children are our most important asset. Their education, especially for the needy, are matters very close to our hearts. The Eco World Foundation spends the largest sum out of our funds to nurture children through the Eco World Students Aid Programme,” said Lee.
The Foundation’s main programme is the Eco World Students Aid Programme (SAP) which provides financial assistance to approximately 3,037 students (2,600 primary, 400 secondary and 37 tertiary level students) with the objective of keeping needy children of all races in school. SAP reaches out to students in the eight states of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor, Sabah, Perlis, Kedah and Pahang.
With a budget of RM5 million per year, the SAP practices a holistic approach by addressing every aspect of a primary student's educational requirements, from equipping them for the new school year and arranging meals in school to paying their school and tuition fees.
Besides the quantitative aspects, the Foundation is also interested in the qualitative aspects of a student’s life. It provides group dialogue sessions with students and Career Talk for post- SPM students, as well as home visits to give motivational support to the student and their family.
Students who achieve good results in the UPSR examinations are eligible to apply for a continuation in the SAP to secondary education and subsequently to tertiary level as well.
“We are happy to share that 17 students whom we have been supporting from primary school have now graduated from universities. We are immensely proud of them and their achievements.
One of them, an orphan from Penang, has gained admission to Universiti Malaysia Sabah to pursue a course in medicine. When she graduates, she will be the Foundation’s first doctor,” said Lee.
It was a heart-warming moment at the luncheon when SAP student, Lee Yu Mei, 21, shared her life story and expressed her sincere gratitude to the donors and the Foundation for the kindness and care received.
Apart from the SAP, Lee mentioned that the Foundation embarked on a new three-year pilot programme to help rural and low-performing schools in Sarawak last year. “We started this initiative in three schools – Sekolah Kebangsaan Temong with 163 students, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sejijag with 46 students and Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungan with 40 students. We hope to improve the academic performance as well as the physical condition of schools by providing new furniture, computers and books,” he said.
Lee also added that since the setting up of the Eco World Foundation Volunteers Club in May 2015, the Foundation’s work is made easier. The club has over 300 volunteers comprising EcoWorld employees in the Klang Valley, Penang and Iskandar Malaysia.
Among the activities conducted by the volunteers are, tree planting, beautifying of school library, visitation to old folk’s homes and SAP home visits. The Central volunteers completed 709 home visits this year while the volunteers in Johor completed 325 home visits. In August and September, over 195 families in Penang were engaged by the volunteers in Penang. A total of 1,229 family visits have been completed this year to ensure that students who are in need of assistance get help.
The Foundation acknowledged the top 10 donors for the luncheon who were Kerjaya Prospek Group Bhd, Advancecon Infra Sdn Bhd, Domain Design & Contracts Sdn Bhd, Eng Han Engineering Sdn Bhd, Inta Bina Sdn Bhd, Jasmurni Construction Sdn Bhd, Kitacon Sdn Bhd, Pembinaan Proli Sdn Bhd, Siacon Technology Sdn Bhd and Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, Chairman of Eco World Development Group Berhad.
Highlights of the afternoon were also in-house performances by staff of EcoWorld who came together to put up a melodious live-band performance and a symbolic dance performance.