Photo: (From left) Chris Kelly, General Manager of Malaysia Design Group (MDC), Intel Malaysia, YB Tuan Teh Yee Cheu, ADUN of Tanjung Bungah, Dato Wong Kam Fuat, Board Of Director Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, John Lau, Chairman, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Sister Pauline Sewell during the check presentation ceremony.
Semiconductor firm Intel has organised a fundraising cyclethon in Penang, Malaysia, where 220 of its employees raised RM26,800 [US$8,215] for Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital.
During the cheque presentation, Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng said the state will match the donations raised 'dollar-for-dollar.'
"Intel has always been an integral part of Penang and has contributed to our growth in more ways than one," said Lim. "From creating jobs to advocating going green and promoting healthy lifestyles, there's one thing they don't shy away from; and that is giving back to the community."
Intel employees collected the donations during a month period earlier this year earlier. The cyclethon was an additional effort where 220 Intel Malaysia cyclists rode 55 kilometres from the Intel facility at Bayan Lepas to Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital to Beach Street and back to Intel.
"I'd like to thank our employees from the bottom of our hearts," said Intel Malaysia general manager of Malaysia Design Group [MDC], Chris Kelly. "Without their hard work and efforts, this event would have not been possible. Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital spends RM200,000 [US$61,303] a year to help some 800 people in need - it's hard to think of any cause more than worthy of our modest contribution."
Ong Boon Yean and Evelyn Teo received an Intel-powered device each as the two top employee contributors to the donations.
Photo: This year's top donors, Intel Malaysia staff (from left: Ong Boon Yean and Evelyn Teo.
"When I lost my mother to cancer last year, I told myself that I would do all I can to fight this terrible disease. I am extremely honored to be recognised for my contributions to this fundraiser but this battle is far from over," said Evelyn Teo, an employee of Intel Malaysia for the past eight years.
"I've been working at Intel Malaysia for a long time and the company's outreach to the community has always impressed me. It's not every day we get to promote healthy lifestyles, contribute to a good cause and have fun at the same time," added Ong Boon Yean, this year's top contributor.
The Intel Cyclethon committee chair, Lim Bok Sim, said, "As long as there is a cause to raise money for, we will be there to support it all the way. We intend to make these cyclethons a part of our tradition and keep them going for as long as we can. Look forward to more cyclethons in the future."
For more details of how to support Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, please visit www.mountmiriam.com
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