Photo - Y.B Dr. Haji Mohd. Puad Zarkashi, Deputy Minister of Education II handing out Back2School kits to underprivileged schoolchildren.
Semiconductor firm Intel Malaysia has recognised its employees who have recorded more than 60,000 volunteer hours in the community and also awards 400 students from schools and non-governmental organisations from Kulim, Kedah and Penang with Back2School kits comprising school bags, school uniforms and stationery sets.
Speaking on 3 December 2012, Intel Malaysia managing director and vice president of the corporation's technology manufacturing group, Robin Martin, said the volunteer hours are recorded under the "1K: I'm In" campaign, which is a community initiative also under the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program (IIMGP) launched in conjunction with Intel Malaysia's 40th year anniversary celebrations earlier this year. Through this campaign, departments across Intel Malaysia were encouraged to volunteer a minimum of 1,000 hours to each school that it adopts.
"By setting a performance target for our Intel Involved volunteers through the '1K: I'm In' campaign, we reaffirm our commitment to making a positive, and sustained difference in our community," said Martin. "Intel Malaysia is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the communities in which we live and work."
Under IIMGP, Intel Malaysia employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talent to qualified non-profit and non-governmental organisations, in addition to schools. Since the launch of IIMGP in 2006, Intel Foundation has disbursed about RM4 million (US$1.315 million) in funds to its beneficiaries for various projects and this amounts to over 370,000 in volunteer hours by Intel employees in Malaysia to date.
Martin said: "I am extremely proud to see my colleagues pitching in time and energy into enriching the local community through skills-based activities like teaching math and science, basic computing skills and entrepreneurship and I would like to thank my colleagues in Intel Malaysia for rising to the challenge so selflessly."
"I personally find volunteer work to be such a fulfilling experience. I am glad to be working in an organisation that not only encourages my colleagues and I to pursue our philanthropic interests but also further rewards the charity in which we volunteer as an added incentive. This makes our lives that much richer and more meaningful," said Siow EK, an IT engineer. Siow is one of 10 top tracking Intel Involved Volunteer and has recorded a total of 770 hours volunteering in various organisations for the year 2012.
Intel Malaysia has long established a stellar track record of corporate citizenship in its efforts among the community. In 2007, Intel Malaysia was awarded the inaugural Prime Minister's CSR Award for the Best in Community and Social Welfare Category, and once again in 2009 for the Best in Environment Category, with Honorable Mentions in Education and Workplace Practices.
This year, Intel Malaysia is one of eleven finalists selected for the US Secretary of State's prestigious 2012 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The ACE recognises the vital role U.S. businesses play abroad as good corporate citizens and has recognised Intel Malaysia's contributions to the local community in areas including promoting energy and water conservation, computer literacy for adults and educational advancement for disadvantaged youth.
"I offer my heartiest congratulations to Intel Malaysia and the Intel Involved Volunteers for the impressive work that they have achieved through their various CSR initiatives undertaken through the '1K:I'm In' campaign," said Yang Berhormat Dr. Haji Mohd. Puad Zarkashi, Deputy Minister of Education II, who was also present at the Intel Malaysia Back2School 2012 event. "I hope that Intel Malaysia will continue to keep up the good work in the years to come and strongly urge other corporations to take their corporate citizenship responsibilities as seriously as Intel Malaysia does."
Yang Berhormat Dr. Haji Mohd. Puad Zarkashi, Deputy Minister of Education II was the Guest of Honour at Intel Malaysia's Back2School presentation ceremony. The ceremony was attended by 400 students from 19 schools and four non-governmental organisations from Kulim, Kedah and Penang who were presented with Back2School kits comprising school bags, school uniforms and stationery sets.
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