The initiatives aim to help lessen the plight of the needy and the less fortunate amid Covid-19 pandemic
by S BIRRUNTHA / Pic Source: Johor Port Facebook
JOHOR Port Bhd, a member of MMC Group, aims to organise more corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes to help the needy and the less fortunate amid Covid-19 pandemic.
This is pursuant to its week-long food aid programme, a food distribution for the homeless and the needy in Johor Baru recently.
The initiative aims to help lessen the plight of the homeless living on the streets and those in need, by providing assistance to ensure that the needy have sufficient food and drink to get them through the day.
The food aid programme, a collaboration with the Insan Kasih Johor Social Welfare Association (i-Kaseh) — a non-governmental organisation who has been actively helping the needy and poor communities in Johor, is also supported by a group of Johor Port volunteers.
Undeterred by the current rainy season, Johor Port employees volunteered to help distribute packed food to the homeless who patiently gathered in lines.
The group’s CEO Md Derick Basir said food packages were distributed to the homeless and the needy at Jalan Dataran Larkin 3, Johor Baru, for one week from Aug 20 until Aug 26.
He said the nutritious meals include rice with different dishes of protein and vegetables every day including mineral water, adding that the meals were prepared by caterers who are experienced in preparing dishes for the homeless and the needy.
“Johor Port’s CSR initiative is focused on giving back to the communities especially in the areas where the Multi-Purpose Port operates. In line with our CSR’s tagline ‘Johor Port Peduli’, we realised that there are people who are struggling to obtain adequate food especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Therefore, we came up with this programme which will also indirectly help and support small businesses like the caterers who are also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement.
He added that over the years, Johor Port has been actively involved in various CSR programmes within the sphere of education, community development as well as expanding its philanthropic activities towards the local and neighbouring communities while at the same time helping to foster the spirit of togetherness among its employees.
Johor Port manager Rabiah Nadir, who was also one of the volunteers for the food aid programme, said the programme was aimed at encouraging volunteerism among Johor Port’s employees.
She noted that it was touching to see the gratification on the faces of these people as they received the packed food.
“This experience makes us more appreciative for what we have and it personally reminded me to care and share with the less fortunate,” she said.
Meanwhile, i-Kaseh president Zuraini Tahir expressed appreciation towards the goodwill gestures by Johor Port in helping the homeless and the needy.
She also hoped that this noble effort can be implemented continuously and her association welcomes more involvement from the private sectors in community programmes such as the one implemented by the Johor Port.