Naim contributes over RM53,000 to Unicef Malaysia in aid of Typhoon Haiyan survivors

KUCHING: Naim Holdings Bhd has donated RM50,000 to Unicef Malaysia’s Philippines Children Emergency Appeal in support of efforts to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

In addition to the corporate donation, Naim staff contributed RM3,843 to the fund.

The donation was handed over at the Unicef Kuala Lumpur office recently by Naim corporate marketing and business development senior general manager Zamry Ibrahim and Gina Salario Cortez from the Philippines, who is attached to Naim’s Kuala Lumpur office.

Zamry said Naim had always operated with an awareness of its corporate social responsibility and the donation affirmed its commitment to extend aid beyond statutory obligations and legal compliance.

He added that this was not the first time Naim had extended assistance beyond the shores of Malaysia.

“When the massive Cyclone Evan hit Fiji last year, in addition to monetary contributions, we deployed our staff and machinery in a huge clean-up exercise in various towns there,” he said.

According to Cortez, the donation comprised Naim’s corporate contribution and personal donations from its staff.

“This is from our hearts, driven by a passion to make a difference in the survivors’ lives. We are fully supportive of Unicef’s efforts in this regard,” she said.

Private sector fund-raising and partnerships chief Bow Bow Choon thanked Naim for its gesture in responding to Unicef’s urgent appeal.

“Thanks to the public trust of our donors, Unicef has been able to reach out to children and families with life-saving emergency supplies in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon,” she said.

She said Unicef was already on an emergency footing in the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan struck on Nov 8.

“It was a disaster on top of a series of others. The area was already reeling from an earthquake which hit in October and other typhoons earlier in the year.

“Nevertheless, our work in the Philippines continues. Over five million children and their families are vulnerable in the aftermath of the disaster and Unicef will continue with its efforts towards recovery and rebuilding.”

Unicef is continuing its appeal for the children and women affected across the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan and the Bohol earthquake.

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SOURCE: The Star Online (28 December 2013)