MHC was recently named as a finalist for the 12th Annual Business Awards by British Chamber of Commerce Singapore. It was shortlisted for “Extraordinary CSR Practice” along with three other big industry players (viz HSBC, The Body Shop and Suntec Singapore). The gala dinner willl be held on 5 October 2011.
MHC sponsored Goducate Ltd (http://www.goducate.org), a non-profit organisation that “helps needy Asians help themselves”.
Efforts are focused on changing the lives of the needy in South-East Asia, not only through conventional schooling but also through training in livelihood skills.
In July 2011, MHC presented three cheques worth a total of $30,882 to Goducate during MHC’s Annual Dinner and Appreciation night held at Intercontinental Hotel.
“Without an education, people have little hope for the future, hence the importance of providing education and training in livelihood skills. The lifeskills training will give them confidence and leadership qualities that can make a difference not only to themselves but also in their community,” said Dr Paul Choo, Founder and Director of Goducate.
“We don’t have to be big boys to help the needy. We should start doing something with what we have to bring hope to these needy children and villagers,” said Dr Low Lee Yong, CEO & Founder of MHC Asia Group.
The award submission also mentions MHC’s collaboration with famous food blogger Dr Leslie Tay to raise funds for Goducate. A total of $43,000 was raised during the fundraising dinner at Fukuichi Restaurant earlier in 2011. Dr Tay and his food blog followers raised $21,500 and MHC matched this amount dollar for dollar. Money raised went towards constructing buildings for the Goducate literacy centres for children in Sabah.
So far, MHC has helped establish 17 Goducate literacy centres in Sabah, Malaysia teaching literacy (phonics) and numeracy to over 2,000 children who do not have the opportunity to attend school.
MHC also supports a farming project in Laguna, Philippines, teaching poor families to grow crops and vegetables so they can feed themselves.
In addition to Malaysia (Sabah) and the Philippines, MHC also supports Goducate projects in Cambodia, Indonesia (Batam) and China.
The winner of the award will be announced at the Award Gala Dinner held at Shangri-La Hotel on October 5, 2011.