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Deloitte IMPACT Day reaches out to 4,000 people
Volunteers make a positive impact through meaningful causes for the local community
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 August 2017 – More than 800 Deloitte Malaysia employees in eight offices across the country came together for an entire day of volunteering on IMPACT Day, Deloitte’s annual CSR initiative which took place concurrently across 11 geographies in Southeast Asia on 25 August 2017.
Themed ‘Making an impact that matters’, IMPACT Day comprised various activities and programmes run by Deloitte volunteers nationwide that collectively impacted more than 4,000 lives, bringing joy, restoration, knowledge, and replenishment to the local community.
“IMPACT Day is our commitment in giving back to the community that we operate in. Deloitte strongly believes in investing our time, knowledge, and skills to benefit the community and improve the lives of others,” said Deloitte Malaysia’s Country Managing Partner, Tan Theng Hooi. “This is the tenth consecutive year we are running IMPACT Day and I am proud to say that our consistently strong staff volunteer numbers every year truly reflect the purpose of Deloitte, that is, to challenge ourselves to do what matters most for our clients, our people and for society.”
“The strength from the diversity we have in our people and our commitment to each other allows us to create outstanding value wherever we operate in. On IMPACT Day, Deloitte professionals put their passion, determination and expertise into various efforts under the key pillars of ‘community’, ‘environment’ and ‘education’, delivering hope, cheer and warmth to our fellow men,” said Dato’ Nizar Najib, Deloitte Malaysia’s Impact Day Champion. “In total, we volunteered at 15 centres nationwide this year - eight centres in the Klang Valley and seven centres in Penang, Ipoh, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.”
Deloitte volunteers spent a meaningful day with the underprivileged children of United Learning Centre, a volunteer-driven centre for Myanmar refugees, helping them cultivate the love of education through arts and craft, English classes, performances and sports.
Elsewhere, in a collaboration with Teach For Malaysia, Deloitte employees and student ambassadors reached out to students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tinggi Klang, cleaning and refreshing the exterior of the school with a new coat of paint as well as equipping the students with a career talk.
Deloitte also teamed up with Friends of Kota Damansara (FoKD) on environmental projects, where volunteers rolled up their sleeves to spring clean, paint, refurbish and landscape the surroundings of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) Flats in Kota Damansara and MPPJ Desa Mentari.
In continuing support of the underprivileged in Malaysia, a group of Deloitte volunteers participated in Kechara Soup Kitchen’s ‘Feed the urban poor’ programme, delivering groceries to poor families in the Klang Valley and spending the day with them to understand their needs. Meanwhile, another team pitched in at the Pit Stop Community Café, where they were involved in spring cleaning, preparing food and distributing necessities to the homeless.
Deloitte volunteers also brought much joy to the sick, elderly, disabled, single-parent children and orphans in various centres all over Malaysia, including the National Autism Society of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; Hospital Selayang Paediatric Ward, Selangor; Rumah Kebajkan Seri Cahaya, Penang; Persatuan Untuk Kanak-Kanak Terencat Akal SPU, Penang; Rumah Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Cacat Negeri Perak, Batu Gajah (RKKKC), Ipoh; AgapeCare, Melaka; and Pusat Kebajikan Kalvari Johor, Johor Bahru.
Over in East Malaysia, Deloitte employees in the Kuching office came together to raise funds for the Sarawak Society for the Deaf through a car wash. The volunteers also visited the centre, helping to clean the surroundings and keep the residents company.
Finally, at the Bukit Harapan Therapy Community Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Deloitte volunteers not only took part in cleaning work but also spent quality time with the disabled and/or abused women and children living at the shelter, entertaining them with games and movies.