Corporate Responsibility

Year-End Home Visits

Christmas is just around the corner and Group Communications has been busy preparing for the home visits to ensure those in need are remembered during this festive season.

Money collected from the Charity Car Wash and donations from the management have been divided between Sharifah Nursutiana and family, Lighthouse Children Home and Victory Home for Senior Citizens.

On Tuesday, 17 December, Group Communications together with the CMS Outbound team visited Sharifah Nursutiana and family in Sentul between 10:30am and 12:00pm. Sharifah who is a member of the Outbound QA team lost her husband in a motorcycle accident in October 2013. As the pillion, she sustained a broken arm and leg.

Sharifah is still recovering from the accident and looks forward to going back to work as soon as she is able to. She is very grateful and thankful for the contribution which will definitely help fund her and the children’s daily needs.

The necessary items for the other two homes were purchased in the afternoon and delivered to the homes accordingly. This year the homes received all the items they needed and some clothes and books which were collected during the charity initiative.

On Wednesday, 18 December, five Symphonians visited the Lighthouse Children’s Home in Lucky Garden, Bangsar to distribute more items to the kids at the centre. In addition to all the donated items, a well deserved lunch was provided by Symphony to the wonderful residents. The visitors were warmly greeted by the children  and were invited to play card and hand games with them. They then spent some time talking to the children.

As an act of appreciation for the visit,  the children sang two Christmas songs, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” & “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” to the amusement of the guests.

Next on the agenda was the visit to Victory Home for Senior Citizens in Jalan Klang Lama.  Mr. Loo the caretaker at the centre was pleased with the visit and thankful for the donated items which was delivered a day earlier.

Although all three visits were short and quick, the time spent with them was memorable.

Symphony Charity Car Wash

Christmas is just around the corner and we would like to continue with our quest of spreading joy and happiness to those in need. To date, we have done many good things for our community, environment and wildlife and we are proud of it.

The event will be on Saturday 23, November from 9 am to 3pm at Symphony House Building. Get ready to volunteer your time and effort to make our upcoming Charity Car Wash a success. You can contribute by:

  1. Registering to volunteer to wash cars, we need 35 people
  2. Bringing your cars to be washed
  3. Encouraging your family, friends and neighbours to wash theirs cars
  4. Donating foodstuff, groceries, toiletries and clothes

100% of the money will go to:

  1. Lighthouse Children Welfare  Home Association, Kuala Lumpur
    115 Jalan Cenderai, Lucky Gardens,
    Bangsar Kuala Lumpur
    -42 children (9 months – 18 years) underprivileged, homeless, abused and from broken homes
  2. Victory Home for Senior Citizens
    1, Jalan Pisang, Batu 3 ½, Off Jalan Klang Lama,
    58100 Kuala Lumpur
    -35 Old folks 65 – 90 years of age
  3. 5 orphans between 7years and 3 months old. They lost their father last week to a motorcycle accident and their mother (a fellow Symphonian) is in critical condition.

We look forward to your keen participation to assist these folks in anyway that we can. Food and beverages will be served during the car wash as we need strength and stamina to make the cars shine for a good cause.

Register today and show your support and kindness to those in need. Please spread the word around so we can wash at least 125 cars during our fundraising activity to raise approximately, RM2,500.00 (and more) to ensure that they can celebrate a meaningful festive season.

Symphonians love their Community, Environment & Wildlife.  We make a difference to the lives of others because we care, we share and we believe that this world is a better place when we are there for one another.

Home Visit to Saravanan Caring Home

In conjunction with the festival of lights, Symphony again visited Saravanan Caring Home, Seksyen 25, Shah Alam on Monday, 11 Nov ’13 during lunch time to distribute donated items collected throughout the festive season as well as to spend quality time with the children.

As the CSR team arrived, they were greeted by the children who donned colourful Deepavali clothes for this special occasion. Clearly, they were still in festive mood as the centre too was beautifully decorated. Just like last year, the kids were treated to KFC for lunch and before having their lunch, they recited a heartwarming prayer; where they thanked God for all the blessings and praised Symphony for doing a good deed. After lunch, they enjoyed a delicious cake and blueberry tarts compliments of CMS-Outbound Risk Management team.

This year the donated items were more as compared to 2012. The items included toiletries, stationeries, food stuff, clothes, sports items, and magazines. Some items items were purchased from the funds raised from Breakfast @ Symphony and others were collected from the latest Deepavali Charity Drive .

The founder of the home, Mr Muneswaran was pleased to see Symphonians dropping by again to spend time with the children. Unfortunately, there is a major concern with regards to the home. They have been asked to move to a different location by the end of the year as the house has been sold. Mr. Muneswaran is looking at a few properties to rent as their temporary shelter while they sort out the papers on their permanent home & centre which will hopefully be built some time next year.

The visit thought did make the children excited as they chatted to the CSR team sharing stories and jokes. The kids from this home is super talented as they treated the visitors to a few catchy dance performances. They then invited Symphonians to dance along with them.

The visit ended at 1.30pm and it was a priceless experience for both Symphonians and the children. The owner, his crews and the children were very grateful with the charity initiative. It might be easy to donate, but a visit is the greatest gift that can be shared with those who really need it.

p/s: If you want to help the centre in getting a new shelter, you can do so by buying a RM10 coupon for a fundraising event on 29.12.2013 at Seksyen 7, Shah Alam. Lots of lucky draw prizes to be won and Alleycats will be entertaining you during the events. Coupons can be bought from Group Corporate Communication at Level 8. The money will be channeled DIRECTLY to Saravanan Caring Home.

Deepavali Donation Drive & Home Visit

Groups Comms have been receiving steady contribution from Symphonians for the upcoming visit this Monday. Shalia and her Inbound Team from Level 6 and Imran from FS from Level 7 have dropped off their donated items a few days ago. More donations are expected to come from Anita Sheila, Legal who will be donating reading materials, children’s clothes and electrical items  and Wendy and the HR team will be giving away t-shirts to the children.  If you would also like to give away items to the home, please do so by tomorrow 7 of November, 2013 as Group Comms will be packing the items this Friday to be ready for the visit next week.

If you are interested to join the CSR team for the visit on this Monday, 11 November 2013 from 11:30am to 2:00pm, register with Group Comms now.  On that day, assemble at the ground floor of Symphony House at 11:15am to load the items into the vehicles and at 11:30pm sharp, we will start our journey to the home. The address of the venue is No. 14 Jalan Anggun Satu 25/115, Seksyen 25, Taman Sri Muda, 40400 Shah Alam, Selangor.

Don’t miss this chance to spend quality time with the children and spread some joy.

Visit to Rumah Putera Harapan, Ranau, Sabah

On Saturday, 5 October 2013, a group of 22 excited Symphonians and friends departed for Kota Kinabalu (KK) in Sabah to climb and discover the fascinating Mount Kinabalu, the highest Mountain in South East Asia (4,095m).  As it always is at Symphony, where there’s fun, there’s also community work to be done. A CSR visit to a children’s home was also part of the itinerary.

In Kota Kinabalu, they were taken to Sunny Supermarket in Tanjung Aru to purchase provisions and stationeries for the home visit. They were divided into six groups and each group was given RM 50 and a shopping list. The money was part of the collection from the Breakfast @ Symphony initiative in July 2013. The participants were generous as they added more items for the children using their own funds.

With the excitement of the shopping spree behind them, they embarked on a scenic journey from Kota Kinabalu to Rumah Putera Harapan in Ranau and handed out donated items such as socks, groceries, toiletries and stationeries and spent some quality time with the children. The house shelters 25 children ages 7 to 15 and provides the children education supported by the local NGOs, private organisations and individual donations. Symphony Group Chief Executive, Tan Sri Azman Yahya donated RM500 in cash to the home. After spending an hour with the kids, the group made their way to Mesilau nature Resort for dinner and a much needed rest before their climb, the next day. The spirit of giving back to the community made the journey to Sabah even more meaningful.

The four short days in Sabah will be etched forever in their minds. As the team discovered and experienced the best of Sabah, they had also done their part for the community and forged new friendships during the trip.

Charity Home Visit to Sg Hj Dorani

On 1 August 2013, a group of 12 Symphonians had an early 8 am departure from Symphony House to distribute donations gathered from Breakfast @ Symphony and the Ramadan Charity Drive to homes in Sabak Bernam.

Upon arriving at Sg Hj Dorani, Sabak Bernam after a two-hour trip, they met with the officers from Lembaga Zakat Selangor at Masjid An-Nur, Pekan Selasa Lama. They then began visiting 20 houses that required aid and handed out approximately 30 boxes of food, clothing and household items. Duit Raya collected from personal donations and Symphony was also distributed to the families.

Those helped came from all walks of life and have experienced some form of hardship. Having seen first hand their circumstances helped stress the importance of this project.

It made for a rewarding experience that Symphonians can be proud of as one could see the joy and gratitude on the faces of the individuals.

Zakat Counter & Talks

Symphony once again collaborated with Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS) in opening a temporary Zakat counter at the ground floor of Symphony House on 31 July 2013 from 10am-3pm, to aid Muslim staff in fulfilling their Zakat al-Fitr. More than 250 staff contributed to Zakat this year. In 2012, 180 people participated; LZS was pleased with the increase in participation.

Apart from that, two talks were conducted for Muslim staff during the Ramadan month. The one hour sessions lead by Ustaz Mohd Faryzan from LKZ were held at noon on 25 July and 31 July 2013, respectively. The topics discussed were about fulfilling Zakat and the blessings of Ramadan.

Breakfast @ Symphony 2013
Symphony House was filled with an abundance of appetizing aromas as Breakfast @ Symphony 2.0, kicked off at 8 am on 8 July 2013. Nine departments participated in this charity breakfast, causing quite a stir at Level 2 as Symphonians were in as early as 7am to decorate their stalls and prepare their goodies.

Despite the early start things got busy quite quickly as hungry breakfast patrons came to purchase numerous ethnic treats. The atmosphere was electric as stall volunteers peddled their goods by ringing bells and shouting out deals, giving it a very pasar-like feel. There was also a  mind-blowing assortment of food and drinks, which ranged from teh tarik and keropok to satay, chicken briyani, and everything in between.

Following the Symphony way, the event was entertaining yet purposeful, as funds raised during this event go towards charity.  In keeping with the spirit of giving, all unsold food items were donated to Kafa Al-Insaniah. A big thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Breakfast @ Symphony.
Symphony Blood Donation Drive 2013
This year’s Symphony Blood Donation Drive took place on Thursday, 8 July 2013 in the R&R area of Symphony House. Our goal this year was to break last year’s total of 99 bags. We got off to a good start as 60 bags were already collected before noon, and there were no shortage of donors.

What turned out to be a pleasant surprise was that it was not just Symphonians who donated,  as people from other businesses in the area specifically made the trip to Symphony House just to donate blood. With the help of many generous donors we managed to raise 118 bags, surpassing our previous record, making this the most successful Blood Donation Drive to date.

Symphony Turtle Discovery Trip 2013

At Symphony we love our wildlife, environment and community, so being able to help those around us while still having a good time is something that comes naturally for Symphonians. This is exactly what our latest CSR excursion was about as the Group Communications department organized a beach cleaning and turtle watching trip to Monica Bay (Teluk Mak Nik), Kemaman, Terrengganu during the weekend of 22 and 23 of June 2013.

Despite a 7am start on Saturday there were plenty of excited and eager faces as breakfast was served to volunteers at Symphony House before departing for the East Coast. Upon arriving at Monica Bay, gracious Symphonians set off to work as they lent a helping hand in cleaning rubbish off the beach. There were various types of garbage scattered throughout the beach, ranging from junk such as broken umbrellas and metal wire to non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles. This was done to create a better environment for the turtles in order to encourage them to come ashore and lay their eggs. Within an afternoon, volunteers managed to successfully fill over 11 large bags of garbage, having cleaned a 2km wide area of beach that the turtles use to create nests to lay their eggs in.

After a well deserved rest, participants returned to Monica Bay that evening and met up with the local guide Pak Su and his experienced team of helpers for the turtle watching segment of the outing. The weather was perfect as there were clear skies and a glowing full moon, creating a surreal atmosphere and allowing for excellent viewing conditions, without the use of flashlights. It was a very enlightening experience as Pak Su educated volunteers about the dangers the turtles faced on their journey to adulthood, such as the destruction of their natural habitats.

“I learned a lot about the turtle life cycle, from how they are born to when they die. It has taught me that life itself is about being resilient and enduring hardships, just like the turtles do. Their lives are difficult as their chances of survival to adult age is only about 5%, but still they persist against all odds.”  said Razali Adzmi from the SSR department.

Symphonians were fortunate to witness three large turtles on a beautifully secluded beach. Two had just completed the egg-laying process and were covering their nest before making their way back to the sea, and another was in the process of laying her eggs, making for an unforgettable experience that few others will get to witness.

The finale of the night for volunteers was the release of newly born turtle hatchlings back into the sea.

Asri Yusof from the SSR department had this to say about the experience, “I felt that releasing the turtle hatchings into the wild was one of the biggest contributions I could do for them, as their chances of surviving to maturity are low. Therefore, anything that could be done to aid their survival counts. It made me especially proud of cleaning the beach as the turtles can now have a good, undisturbed environment to lay their eggs,”

This concluded what was a very rewarding evening as Symphonians retired to their accommodations for the night.

The next day Symphonians made a captivating visit to the Cherating Turtle Sanctuary Centre, where they presented a check to the sanctuary manager, Haji Karim, that would further aid their turtle conservation efforts. Members of the trip then got to see turtles in various stages of their lives, ranging from hatchlings to adult turtles while discovering more about the issues they face when surviving in the wild.

This concluded what was an outstanding weekend filled with fun, facts and of course turtles! It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that everyone should partake if given the chance.

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