KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Members of the Ford Volunteer Corps in Malaysia recently made a visit to the Kirtarsh Home for handicapped and disabled children in Rawang during Ford’s eighth annual Global Week of Caring (GWOC).
In total, 80 volunteers participated in this year’s GWOC – 40 representatives from Ford, its distribution partner Sime Darby Auto Connexion and business associates were joined by 40 students from the Berjaya University of Hospitality and the Methodist Boys Secondary School.
The volunteers arrived at the home bright and early and enthusiastic to do their part in making a difference with the special needs and underprivileged children and adults. They divided themselves into groups and immediately got to work applying new coats of paint, replanting trees, putting up a new signage for the home and cleaning the compound as well as performing minor maintenance work and conducting general upkeep.
Ford and Sime Darby also sourced for spare parts and provided auto repair services for the home’s primary transport vehicle – a much-needed refurbishment as the vehicle is crucial for multiple daily trips to take the children and adults for medical treatments.
Minor renovations were also made to the home, including laying stainless steel covers for the drains, knocking down walls to create more space for the growing number of residents, setting up a basketball hoop in the courtyard and installing a handrail in the toilet and other upgrades to ensure the residents’ comfort and safety.
Additionally, the volunteers brought along donations, including toys and DVDs for the children. The residents were ecstatic to see and play with the toys, as there were very few playthings at the home.
During lunch, the volunteers also helped feed the residents.
“This year’s Global Week of Caring has been even bigger as Ford employees and friends come together to reach out and make a difference in the communities around the region where they live and work,” said Patrick O’Neill, parts and service regional manager, Asia Pacific, Ford Export & Growth Operations. “We are proud of our volunteers here today who have gone further in dedicating their time, energy, resources and equipment to support the Kirtarsh handicapped and disabled children’s home.”
Business partners LK Renovation Work and Team Office System Sdn Bhd also went the distance by providing some of the equipment, paint and their expertise as renovators.
“Our philosophy has always been to help the less fortunate in any way possible, and we are lucky to be able to do so. We try to contribute to several homes each year. When we heard about this project by Ford, we saw a good opportunity to contribute to a great cause while and supporting a first-rate partner,” said Jack Leen of LK Renovation Work.
Kirtarsh Home is a non-profit, non-governmental home established to shelter and care for special needs and underprivileged children from all racial and religious backgrounds. The home strives to provide vocational training, special education, shelter, food, medication and, most importantly, love to its dependents.
Located in Rawang, Kirtarsh has become home and sanctuary to 58 children and adults. The residents of the home range from children as young as 4-years-old, with disabilities to elderly residents suffering from dementia. The home also provides refuge to children and elderly people without disabilities who were either orphaned or abandoned by their families.
Kirtarsh has three full-time staff dedicated to housekeeping and day-to-day care for the disabled residents. However, with the increasing number of dependents, the home is constantly in need of support from neighbouring residences and the general public.
“While donations and sponsorships are always welcome, it is just as important if not more so that the residents, especially the children, receive as much love and attention they can get. We strongly encourage volunteers to visit regularly, even if it is once a month. It would be great to also have them join us at or sponsor activities such as birthday celebrations and festive parties,” said K.V. Vannan, president of the Kirtarsh Home. “We are truly grateful to Ford and its partners for making all these wonderful contributions. Seeing the happy faces of my extended family was all the reward I needed.”
Ford’s Commitment to Strong Corporate Citizenship
Ford in Malaysia has been actively building up toward the eighth annual Global Week of Caring by sponsoring and participating in numerous community outreach activities. During the recent Ramadan season, Ford supported Harian Metro’s Titipan Kasih programme, providing the use of three all-new Ranger XLTs to help deliver buka puasa provisions to selected homes across Peninsular Malaysia.
Ford recently also served as the silver sponsor for the XtraMile Run, an inspirational 100km charity run, providing the use of two all-new Ranger XLTs and its all-new Kuga to help transport crew, supplies and equipment along the run’s course to help support the run’s beneficiary Dignity for Children’s mission to provide underprivileged children with long-term, high-quality education and care in a secure environment.
“We at Ford are fortunate to have the resources and the people to make a world of difference,” added O’Neill. “These community outreach programmes help our employees and customers support their desire to make a difference in the Malaysian communities.”
In conjunction with this year’s Global Week of Caring, thousands of employees across Asia Pacific and Africa are working on nearly 100 projects ranging from organizing blood drives to refurbishing retirement homes and cleaning up coastlines.