KUALA LUMPUR – The volunteerism movement of Petron employees, Volunteerism-In-Action (VIA) helped transform a community centre that houses more than 200 children, providing them with recreational and educational activities.
The Desa Mentari Seva community centre in Petaling Jaya received furniture, laptops, encyclopaedia, storybooks, and magazines as well as yoga mats, educational board games and a foosball table to make it more functional and conducive to learning particularly during this pandemic.
“We are truly grateful and happy to receive the contributions from Petron. We hope this contribution will help us bring in more children to our centre. Apart from keeping them safe, these children will now be more engaged at our centre with the items we received,” said Mr Kumar, manager of Desa Mentari Seva Centre.
Petron Malaysia employees also donated bookstore vouchers for the students.
Desa Mentari Seva Centre serves more than 200 children from B40 families who often spend time at the centre to unwind and expand their horizon.
Wan Adibah Azian Mahmood, Corporate Affairs Manager of Petron Malaysia said, “We are happy to do our part to help Desa Mentari Seva Centre achieve its goals for its beneficiaries. Through the Petron VIA program, we worked hand in hand with Desa Mentari Seva Centre to understand its needs and try our best to fulfil them and hope that our contributions will help improve the centre further.”
Championed by its employees, Petron VIA is an integral part of Petron Malaysia’s sustainability development program.
“Petron has made it its mission to support communities in need. Our employees live out this commitment and are passionate about making a positive change. Their spirit of volunteerism is something we are very proud of,” added Adibah.
Earlier this year, Petron VIA together with the company’s network of service station dealers brought festive cheer during the Chinese New Year celebration at Puchong old folks home. They assembled closed to 40,000 face-shields for frontliners during the early part of the pandemic for nationwide distribution.