COVID-19 Initiatives

“FOOD AID” PROJECT
COVID-19 Initiatives 2022

“FOOD AID” PROJECT

In 2022, PPB collaborated with several organisations to contribute basic groceries for a period of three months to 12 welfare homes and over 5,100 recipients from the B40 group, orang asli, refugees, and migrants. The locations of the recipients were as follows:

Name of Organisation/ Community Location of Recipients
Cannosa Convent Sungai Siput, Perak
Happy Charity Association Melaka
Love Eternal Charity Association Ampang, Selangor
Merit Charity Association Muar, Johor
Muhibbah Foodbank Malaysia Society Mantin, Negeri Sembilan
MySkills Foundation Kalumpang, Selangor
Perak Women for Women Ipoh, Perak
Refuge for the Refugees Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Shan De Charity Home Menglembu, Perak
The Lost Food Project Kuala Lumpur

In addition, the "Cooking for a Cause" Project involved staff from the Group cooking on-site at PPR Sri Sarawak and Rumah Panjang Ikan Emas, serving a combined total of 1,100 meals. The staff also packed and distributed 400 bags of essential food items sponsored by PPB for the needy.

PPB GROUP COVID-19 Initiatives
COVID-19 Initiatives

PPB GROUP COVID-19 Initiatives

Since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in March 2020, PPB and its subsidiaries (“PPB Group”) have been actively extending support to the community via various initiatives.

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  • “Food Aid” Project
    1. PPB reached out to more than 1,100 needy families in the 2nd and 4th quarters of 2020 and provided food provisions, which helped relieve their financial burden.
    2. With the assistance of Kuok Foundation and the Malaysian Relief Agency, PPB contributed 2,000 sets of food packages to 2,000 needy families in Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Beaufort, Sipitang, Tawau, Semporna and Sandakan in Sabah. The food packages consist of rice, sugar, Seri Murni cooking oil, Marina baked beans and sardines, FFM flour and V-soy.
    3. FFM Group collaborated with the Sunway group to sponsor 5,000 kg of food products to the #SunwayforGood Food Bank programme, whereby the products were distributed to the needy through NGOs such as Food Aid Foundation, The Lost Food and DHRRA Malaysia.
    4. FFM contributed Care Packages comprising Kart’s Quick Meal-to-go, Meadow Fresh milk, V-Soy soyabean milk, and Super coffee to frontliners in 6 government hospitals, the Royal Malaysia Police and Malaysian Armed Forces in April 2020.   FFM also contributed food products to students who were stranded in institutions of higher learning in the 2nd quarter of 2020.
    5. PPB and FFM distributed a total of 1,500,000 pieces of Massimo Primo Sandwich Rolls to the B40 community, underprivileged students and refugees.
    6. GSC collaborated with Food for Gelendangan and contributed more than 10,000 snack items to the residents of Selangor Mansion and 700 homeless recipients in March/April 2020.  GSC also partnered with MyTown Shopping Centre and sponsored more than 16,000 units of beverages to frontliners in Hospital Kuala Lumpur.  In the last quarter of 2020, GSC donated a variety of food products and healthy beverages to foodbanks, welfare homes and NGOs.

  • “Frontliners, We Care For You” Project
    In appreciation of our frontliners who have sacrificed their time and lives, PPB donated the following personal protective equipment (PPE) :-
    1. 60,000 pieces of N95 facemasks to 14 government hospitals, 10 government clinics, 3 prisons and a fire department.
    2. 7,760 pieces of coveralls to the KLIA Health Office, 9 government hospitals and 2 prisons.
    3. 600 litres of hand sanitiser to 10 government hospitals and 1 government clinic.

    PPB Properties donated two units of powered air-purifying respirators to Hospital Pulau Pinang.

  • “Mask Up, Stay Safe” Project
    PPB contributed 5,000 pcs of reusable facemasks to 60 welfare homes and NGOs.

  • "Keep Clean. Let's Beat COVID-19 Together!" Project
    PPB and its 55%-subsidiary, Chemquest Sdn Bhd jointly contributed various cleaning products to Sungai Buloh Prison, and the Food Aid Foundation (FAF).  The products were distributed by FAF to about 127 welfare homes, 3 orang asli communities and a prison. They included laundry detergent, dish-washing liquid, toilet bowl cleaner, surface disinfectant, bar soaps as well as hand sanitisers.

    Chemquest Group also gave hand sanitisers and cleaning aids to 33 welfare homes and 211 families from the orang asli community.

    PPB Properties donated 5-litre hand sanitisers to Klinik Keluarga Kerajaan in Georgetown

  • “Lighting Up Homes “ Project
    PPB assisted 20 welfare homes and 64 needy families by paying their outstanding electricity bills.

  • “Foodbank” Project
    PPB contributed essential food items namely rice, eggs and baby/children milk powder to 4 foodbanks/soup kitchens – Food Aid Foundation, Grace Food Bank, Kechara Food Bank and PERTIWI Soup Kitchen as well as an orang asli village in Pahang, for a period of 3 months.  These items are especially hard to come by and foodbanks find it challenging to get sponsors for them.

    GSC Group also distributed more than 35,000 curry puffs to the same 4 foodbanks/soup kitchens.

COVID-19 Initiatives

SUPPORT LOKAL ENTERTAINERS

SUPPORT LOKAL ENTERTAINERS is a CSR initiative by PPB Group Berhad and its main subsidiaries (“PPB Group”) aimed to support Malaysian entertainers who have been badly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic as they could not perform due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) restrictions.  PPB Group has provided a way for our local artistes to earn some revenue as well as space for their performance.

Under this initiative, the PPB Group rolled out three events in 2021.  The Lion Dance performance by Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association which was livestreamed on the social media platforms of PPB Group on Chap Goh Mei this year, kicked off the first event for the year.

This was followed by the video release of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” performed by four great Malaysian singers, Kirana Kay, Clinton Jerome Chua, Freda Zainal and Mazli Hassan on Malaysia Day.  The inspiring song was dedicated to all our front liners everywhere.  Do check out their performance at - 

Over the weekends in December 2021, the four singers will perform at Jin Gastrobar, Aurum Theatres.  Do catch them there!

The 3rd event under SUPPORT LOKAL ENTERTAINERS initiative is a collaboration with Musicians for Musicians and My Buskers Club where musicians and buskers will perform at GSC locations nationwide; Cheras LeisureMall and The Linc, both shopping centres located in Kuala Lumpur; and New World Park in Penang. 

 

“SUPPORT LOKAL ENTERTAINERS” PROJECT
COVID-19 Initiatives 2022

“SUPPORT LOKAL ENTERTAINERS” PROJECT

Incepted in 2021, the "Support Lokal Entertainers" project aims to assist our local entertainers who were severely impacted by the pandemic due to repeated lockdowns and help them recover. In collaboration with GSC, PPB hired a total of 46 musicians to perform at Jin Gastrobar in Aurum Theatre every weekend from July to December 2022. This initiative enabled the musicians to earn some income and showcase their talents, and many were subsequently invited by Jin Gastrobar patrons to perform at other events/gigs.

REGENERATIVE SATELLITE FARMS
COVID-19 Initiatives 2022

REGENERATIVE SATELLITE FARMS

PPB invested in a sustainable initiative by collaborating with PWD Smart FarmAbility Enterprise (PWD) and sponsoring 1,500 Hope Boxes in 2021. These organic regenerative vegetable terrariums are easy to harvest at home, fresh, and chemical-free, and aim to improve the nutrition intake of the needy. For over a year, most of the recipients continued to harvest organic vegetables for consumption. This demonstrates that the Hope Boxes have provided a steady supply of organic vegetables at their doorstep, reducing the financial burden of rising food prices.

In 2022, PPB continued to invest in sustainability by sponsoring five Satellite Farms for welfare homes and needy recipients in collaboration with PWD. The Satellite Farm is a symbiosis regenerative soil aquaponic system that allows recipients to harvest organic vegetables and fresh Tilapia fish for a more balanced diet, with the excess sold in their neighbourhoods, providing income opportunities for the homes.

The satellite farm comprises six growing towers with at least four types of regenerative organic vegetables (such as red watercress, sayur manis, and Brazilian spinach) and a canvas pond in the center that houses 100 Tilapia fish. The beneficiaries of the Satellite Farms were Pertubuhan Warga Emas Kenang Budi KL, En Yuan Old Folks Home Sg Way, Persatuan Kebajikan Kasih OKU Selangor, Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti (PDK) Semenyih, and a group of single mothers residing at PPR Pinggiran Bukit Jalil.

FROM ZERO TO HERO IN CREATIVE SEWING PROJECT
COVID-19 Initiatives 2022

FROM ZERO TO HERO IN CREATIVE SEWING PROJECT

PPB sponsored 30 participants from the B40 community for a 6-day intensive sewing course facilitated by the Persatuan Seni Jahitan Kreatif Malaysia (PSJKM) for the second year. PSJKM is an NGO which empowers the needy with creative sewing and entrepreneurship skills.

After completion of their training, the participants were given a sewing machine and 6 months of mentorship. They also had an opportunity to learn and sell their handmade products at PSJKM’s Facebook Live sessions. Participants are encouraged to continue with the advanced sewing courses (also sponsored by PPB), to upskill their sewing techniques and create more varieties for their product catalogues. Many who had started without any sources of income, have now managed to earn an income by selling their handmade sewing products after completing the course.

During the pandemic, many from the B40 group were unemployed and found it difficult to earn a stable income due to limited employment opportunities. This sewing course has helped to empower the needy with sewing skills and upskill them for entrepreneurship, besides providing a side income to cover the rising cost of living.

GSC AWARDS YOUTH FILMMAKER FUNDING WITH RM30,000 TO PRODUCE MENTAL HEALTH PSA
COVID-19 Initiatives 2022

GSC AWARDS YOUTH FILMMAKER FUNDING WITH RM30,000 TO PRODUCE MENTAL HEALTH PSA

In partnership with the Centre of Mental Health and Wellbeing (CMHW) at HELP University, GSC concluded the second season of the “My Mind On Film” (MMOF) Youth Mental Health Film Festival in May 2022 with a screening of short films and an award ceremony. The event was the culmination of a short film contest that kicked-off in October 2021 and built upon GSC’s #HelloWeCan campaign which aims to put the spotlight on mental health in Malaysia. The contest received more than 100 submissions, but only the better filmmakers walked away with prizes, including a young filmmaker, Ahmad Shah, who won RM30,000 of funding to produce a mental health public service announcement (PSA) to be screened in GSC theatres nationwide. Through the festival, GSC aims to provide youth and student filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their ideas, talents, and craft, whilst enabling discussions and conversations to raise awareness of mental health in Malaysia.

MEDICAL CARE FOR THE NEEDY
COVID-19 Initiatives 2022

MEDICAL CARE FOR THE NEEDY

In May 2022, PPB sponsored medical and dental supplies to a mobile clinic for refugees. Project Hope Welfare Association (Project Hope) set up the mobile clinic with volunteer doctors and a dentist who provided general health screening and dental care to about 50 refugee children in Seri Kembangan. Project Hope is an NGO that empowers the needy to provide for themselves through life skills training, besides providing food aid and tutorial programs to needy families in PPR Desa Mentari and PPR Lembah Subang. The organisation has been actively assisting refugees during the pandemic and continues to do so.

“CARING FOR PEOPLE AT RISK” PROJECT
COVID-19 Initiatives 2022

“CARING FOR PEOPLE AT RISK” PROJECT

To provide a fun and safe space for 25 Orang Asli children from the Temuan tribe, PPB assisted Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) in enhancing the learning centre in Kampung Sg Gabai, Ulu Langat, Selangor. PPB contributed a 60-inch smart television, a printer, doodle and draw boards, 50 sets of t-shirts and track pants, stationery, and a first aid kit. Additionally, PPB provided a six-month supply of milk powder for the 25 children.

COVID-19 Initiatives 2021

“Caring for Young People At Risk” Project

PPB contributed to the renovation and furnishing cost to set up a learning centre in Kota Damansara in collaboration with Community Transformation Initiative. This learning centre aims to create a fun and safe space for children and youth from needy families residing in PPR Kota Damansara to learn, grow and inculcate character values.

“Food Aid” Project
COVID-19 Initiatives 2021

“Food Aid” Project

In 2021, PPB provided essential food items and groceries to 21,017 needy recipients comprising the B40 group, refugees and migrants from 11 states in Malaysia through collaboration with reputable NGOs as follows:-

Name of NGO Location
Charity Food Basket Society Klang Klang
Community Transformation Initiative (CTI) PPR Kota Damansara, Selangor
Crisis Relief Services & Training (CREST) Klang Valley, Perak, Johor and Kelantan
Dignity for Children Foundation Klang Valley
Happy Charity Association Melaka
Insaf Malaysia Klang Valley
Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) Klang Valley, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang, Johor, Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan and Melaka
Kelab Kebajikan Chukai Kemaman   Chukai, Kemaman, Terengganu
Kembara Kitchen Klang Valley
Kindness Malaysia Kedah
Lions Club Bentong Bentong, Pahang
Make It Right Movement Klang Valley
Merit Charity Association Muar, Johor
Pejabat Kebajikan Masyarakat Daerah Petaling Mentari Court, Petaling Jaya
Penang Community Care Air Itam, Penang
Perak Women for Women Society Buntong, Tambun and Ipoh, Perak
Project Hope PPR Desa Mentari, Petaling Jaya
Shan De Charity Home Menglembu, Perak
Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia (YFBM) Negeri Sembilan, Perak and Penang

PPB also contributed essential food items namely cooking oil, rice, and eggs and/or infant/children’s milk powder to 3 foodbanks/soup kitchens namely Food Aid Foundation, Kechara Food Bank and PERTIWI Soup Kitchen as well as an orang asli village in Pahang, for a period of 3 months.

To reduce the risk of infection and potentially starting new clusters, PPB supported a public-funded quarantine centres at Travelodge City Centre, Kuala Lumpur and Mei Hotel, Penang with three main meals daily for COVID-19 patients from the B40 group with mild symptoms (categories 1 and 2) as assessed by the COVID-19 Assessment Centres (CACs). The quarantine centres managed by Crisis Relief Services & Training Berhad operated from August to November 2021, and served a total of 1,030 patients during the period.

“Hello, We Can!” Campaign
COVID-19 Initiatives 2021

“Hello, We Can!” Campaign

The “Hello, We Can!” campaign organised by GSC, aimed to inspire kindness, create awareness of mental health and drive Malaysians to create and share positive, motivational content on their own personal social media, generated a total of 15,546 posts. PPB donated RM10 for each post totalling RM155,460/- to four NGOs to support their initiatives to raise awareness and provide support for mental health in Malaysia. The beneficiaries of this campaign were Women’s Aid Foundation, UM Cares, the Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association (MIASA), and Befrienders Malaysia.

“Hot Cooked Meals for the Needy” Project
COVID-19 Initiatives 2021

“Hot Cooked Meals for the Needy” Project

PPB engaged struggling operators and unemployed B40 volunteers residing in low cost flats to prepare nutritious rice lunch of chicken/fish and vegetables daily to the needy in Klang Valley, Penang, Johor.

PPB provided an average of 2,000 meals daily in the 3rd quarter to needy recipients in the Klang Valley, Seremban, Penang and Johor. The nutritious rice meals of chicken/fish and vegetables were given to recipients who were undergoing self-quarantine; the elderly living alone with little access to fresh food supply during the MCO; as well as families who could not afford gas supply and fresh cooking ingredients.

This project also enabled PPB to create 3 months of steady sales for 32 hawkers in New World Park, Penang and a school canteen operator, who could not operate during the MCO and whose businesses were adversely affected. In the Klang Valley, PPB provided income opportunities for volunteers who were unemployed, by getting them to prepare meals in the community kitchens at PPR Desa Mentari, PPR Sri Sarawak and Putra Ria and Abdullah Hukum low cost apartments. PPB also collaborated with a social enterprise, LS Group in Seremban to provide hot meals to 13 welfare homes for the entire month of July; and Persatuan Kebajikan Keluarga Harapan Kluang Johor in Kluang to serve 350 needy recipients for 3 months.

“Scaling Up Nutrition for the Needy through Regenerative Farming”
COVID-19 Initiatives 2021

“Scaling Up Nutrition for the Needy through Regenerative Farming”

PPB sponsored 1,500 needy recipients with organic vegetable terrarium through regenerative farming as well as upskill recipients towards entrepreneurship when they have the basic understanding of growing food from soil biology.

PPB adopted 1,500 boxes of organic regenerative vegetable terrarium (“Hope Box”) from PWD Smart FarmAbility to scale up nutrition for the needy. The Hope Box is easy to harvest at home, fresh and free from chemicals. It is the world’s first organic vegetable terrarium grown on nutrient-dense soil with soil biology, and the vegetables can regenerate for more than 27 months (and still counting).

Todate, the Hope Boxes adopted by PPB have been distributed to the disabled, single mothers and cancer patients. Recipients are given a basic understanding of growing plants from soil and those who are more interested in looking after the terrarium will be upskilled towards entrepreneurship.

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