Over 1,200 United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) employees, their family members and friends raised some RM200,000 for local charities as part of the Bank’s ninth annual Heartbeat Run/Walk held today.
‘Keep The Good Going’ is the theme for the UOB Heartbeat Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, embodying the bank’s long-term commitment to making a difference in the community through programmes focusing on art, children and education.
The money raised at the event, which was held at Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur, will be donated to underprivileged children and youth from the Dignity for Children Foundation and Yayasan Sunbeams Home. UOB Malaysia also raised the funds to support Teach For Malaysia, an organisation that aims to help end education inequity by mobilising a movement of leaders to empower our nation through education.
Chief Executive Officer of UOB Malaysia Wong Kim Choong, who also participated in the four-kilometre walk, said, “The UOB Heartbeat Run/Walk brings together our people, their families and friends with the common aim to improve the lives of the less privileged. We take pride in completing another successful fundraiser to support the communities where we live and work. We are committed to keeping the good going and to helping secure the future of our community.”
The UOB Heartbeat Run/Walk features a four-kilometre family walk, eight-kilometre run and a carnival for the extended UOB family. Children from the three beneficiaries, accompanied by their families and UOB employee volunteers, also participated in the four-kilometre family walk and the carnival.
Pastor Victor Maniam, the General Manager of Yayasan Sunbeams Home, one of beneficiaries whose children participated in the UOB Heartbeat Run/Walk, said, “Participating in sport teaches our children values such as team work and diligence. Events such as these enable our children to keep their minds and bodies healthy and also helps to build their self-esteem as they achieve what they set out to do.”The UOB Heartbeat Run/Walk was also held simultaneously in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. In all, more than 14,000 UOB employees, their families and UOB customers took part in the event across the region to raise funds for local beneficiaries.