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Bringing new year’s joy to underprivileged children

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It was a hot Saturday afternoon when a team of employees from MIG Group stepped onto the grounds of the double-storey building that is Praise Emmanuel Children’s Home (PECH) in Petaling Jaya, to be greeted by twelve children beaming from ear to ear.

The MIG team spent over two hours eating, playing and chatting with the children. Just before the end of the visit, we presented every child with school uniforms they could start the new school year in.

Christopher K. Michael, guardian of PECH, said: “We welcome MIG again and truly appreciate the company reaching out to us. Although we are not a big home, we are committed to providing a suitable environment for orphans and underprivileged children under our care. We hope to cultivate good values in them so that they grow up to be good citizens and responsible adults.

Lisa Wong, Vice President of Human Resources, who led the team to PECH, said: “Not many people may know this, but since MIG was incorporated we have been setting aside 10% of our profit to helping underprivileged members of the society.

“We decided to kickstart 2019 by giving back to the community. This is in line with MIG Group’s theme for 2019, which is ‘Give and Gain’. We believe that to gain we first have to give. In many ways this is true: there’s no reaping without the sowing, and to succeed we must put in time, effort or money.

“We do CSR not for personal gain or due to regulatory pressure, but we are inspired by our Group CEO Dato’ Brian Wee, whose dream is to help as many children as he could in his lifetime. Dato’ Brian has a soft spot for children, their wellbeing and education, because he understands the trials and tribulation of growing up with little means, and how education can a powerful tool in helping the less fortunate escape their circumstances.

“We believe our employees want to work for a company with a positive and inspiring workplace culture that gives back to the community. MIG Group will continue to have more CSR initiatives under the banner ‘MIG Group Gives Back’. We will also look into building a CSR framework to ensure the sustainability of our CSR efforts.”

Apple Khoo, a member from MIG’s team, was excited to be part of the initiative, and said: “It was a simple gesture from our side, but words cannot describe how great it felt to see the smiles on the children’s faces. We hope to be able to do more for them in the future, and sincerely hope that they realize that they are not alone and that they will have a better tomorrow.”

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