Rumah Solehah, a home for children living with HIV/AIDS recently received RM34,100 from Roche in Malaysia in conjunction with Roche’s annual corporate social responsibility event, Roche Children’s Walk.
This event was powered by more than 1,000 Roche employees from the pharmaceutical, diagnostics and the shared services division to raise funds to help improve the lives of underprivileged children.
Roche Children’s Walk is the company’s signature worldwide employee project. Since its debut in 2003, over 230,000 Roche employees worldwide have raised over CHF19 million (approximately RM86.5 million) in donations for children’s projects around the world. In 2019, 25,000 employees across 169 locations in 76 countries participated in the walk, making it a record year.
Due to the pandemic situation last year, it was more challenging than previous years as most fund-raising activities had to be organised virtually. However, that did not deter the employees’ passion and enthusiasm when they proposed innovative and creative virtual fund-raising activities such as a concert, walks, bazaar, auctions for service, monetary donation, and many others.
“Themed ‘Let’s Go!’, the Roche Children’s Walk is an important day in the Roche calendar. Not only does it unite employees from all over the world behind one good cause, but it also serves to remind us that each of us can have an impact and improve other people’s lives,” said Lance Duan, General Manager of Roche (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
“We are grateful that Roche partnered with us for the second year. Covid-19, imposition of MCO and RMCO has affected our ability to carry out various annual fund-raising activities,” said Matron Fadzilah Abdul Hamid, Head of Rumah Solehah.
“The contribution from Roche Malaysia will be helpful in meeting the needs of running the home – from providing the children with nutritious meals, medicines, tuition, visits to hospitals amongst others.”
“We are most proud to share that contribution from Roche Children’s Walk in 2019 has enabled one student to fulfil her culinary dream by enrolling in a baking course. It is heart-warming to see that with the current challenging times, companies like Roche is still supporting underprivileged community with their generosity,”
The funds raised in Malaysia will be matched by the company for the global initiatives through the Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust (Re&Act), a legally independent charity. Re&Act partners with a variety of organisations, such as UNICEF and ActionAid Malawi, to support children’s education and health programmes in developing countries.