- Ford and SDAC came together and combined efforts to give back to those in need in Kuala Lumpur for the ninth Ford Global Week of Caring
- A total of 50 Ford and SDAC employees volunteered to participate in the delivery of essential provisions and the packing and distribution of hot meals
- Ford’s global caring legacy extends as far as its commitment and care in building global vehicles
Employees from Ford in Malaysia and its local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) combined their efforts for a charitable and giving weekend where a total of 50 volunteers delivered daily essentials to families in need and distributed hot meals to the homeless for the Ford’s Ninth Global Week of Caring. This effort was in partnership with local charity Grace Community Service.
“Ford is committed to making genuine and positive contributions to the communities we do business in, and spending a weekend preparing and delivering meals was one small way our team makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Frankie Ng Keh Teng, dealer operations manager, Malaysia, Ford Customer Service Division
A week before the activity, Ford and SDAC employees volunteered their time over the weekend to pack 250 boxes filled with daily provisions. The boxes contained essentials such as rice, cooking oil, sugar, noodles, biscuits, powdered drinks, canned foods and other essential household necessities.
On Saturday, September 27, volunteers gathered early in the morning at SDAC Petaling Jaya to load the 250 boxes along with other collected items for donation. The convoy then made their way to Grace Community Hall in Klang, where they then split into two groups to make house visits to hand deliver 38 boxes to 18 families. This gave Ford and SDAC volunteers the chance to pay a visit as well as connect with these families.
On Sunday, September 28, Ford and SDAC volunteers headed over to Grace Community Centre on Jalan Masjid India where they packed freshly cooked hot meals into containers for distribution to those in need within the area. The meal consisted of rice, chicken curry, vegetables, a box drink and a banana. A total of 150 hot meals were distributed that evening.
“Every year for the past 9 years, Ford Global Week of Caring has been the highlight of a year-round effort to flex the volunteer muscle of Ford employees, partners and dealers in Malaysia to make a positive difference in the local neighbourhoods and communities. Ford’s global caring legacy is proven to extend as far as our commitment and care in building global vehicles” added Frankie.
These initiatives were among 310 community service projects completed during Ford Motor Company’s ninth annual Global Week of Caring. More than 13,000 volunteers from Ford operations on six continents – Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America – contributed 81,000 hours of expertise and labour to improve their communities.
The contribution follows a successful project in 2013, when 80 volunteers – 40 volunteers from Ford, its distribution partner Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) and business associates and 40 students from the Berjaya University of Hospitality and the Methodist Boys Secondary School – dedicated time and resources at the Kirtarsh Handicapped and Disabled Children’s Home.
During this activity, volunteers applied new coats of paint, replanted trees, put up new signage for the home, and cleaned the compound. Ford and SDAC had also sourced for spare parts and provided auto repair services for the home’s primary transport vehicle – a much-needed refurbishment as the vehicle was crucial for multiple daily trips to take the special needs children and adults for medical treatments. Minor renovations were also made to the home including laying stainless steel covers for the drains, knocking down walls to create more space for the growing number of residents, setting up a basketball hoop in the courtyard and other upgrades to ensure the residents’ comfort and safety.
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Veemala Rethinasamy, sales and marketing director, Malaysia, Ford Motor Company (third row, fifth from left), Frankie Ng Keh Teng, dealer operations manager, Malaysia, Ford Customer Service Division (third row, fourth from left) and local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), led by Lee Eu San, managing director, SDAC (third row, seventh from left) and Thanaseelan A. Arumugam, head of after sales, SDAC (fourth row, second from right) together with Ford employees delivered 250 food boxes containing daily essentials to families in need in the Klang Valley, and distributed 150 free nutritious meals to the homeless, in partnership with Grace Community Service. The activities were part of the ninth annual Ford Global Week of Caring.
Ford Global Week of Caring is the highlight of a year-round effort to flex the volunteer muscle of Ford employees, retirees and dealers – known as the ‘Ford Volunteer Corps’ – which is active throughout the year to make a positive difference in the neighbourhoods and communities where the company does business.
Ford and SDAC employees loading food boxes containing essentials to be distributed to families in need in the Klang Valley.
Ford and SDAC employees together with one of the families in the Klang Valley in conjunction with the ninth Ford Global Week of Caring.
Ford and SDAC employees packing 150 cooked meals for the homeless and those in need
Ford and SDAC employees distributing hot meals in collaboration with Grace Community Services