Allianz Malaysia employees rolled up their sleeves on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri to serve around 350 homeless and the urban poor community at the Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI) Soup Kitchen in Medan Tuanku and Jalan Hang Lekiu.
Throughout the evening on 15 June, the volunteers served meals and beverages to the homeless and urban poor community around the area. “Festive seasons are especially poignant when we get to go home and spend time with our loved ones. We were touched with our employees who set aside their time on a public holiday to spend some quality time to help others, an unselfish act as we usher in the month of Syawal.” said Ng Siew Gek, Head of Allianz4Good, Allianz Malaysia Berhad.
Most soup kitchens rely on volunteers to run the Soup Kitchen service and festive occasions put a strain on volunteers as some have other obligations to fulfill.
“Allianz Malaysia is more than happy to engage our employees as volunteers to help serve the community. To-date, almost 310 Allianz Malaysia volunteers have participated in the sessions and it has been a rewarding way for us to reach out to the underserved community.” added Ng.
The decision to work with PERTIWI was a natural one.
Providing a humanitarian food-aid service to the homeless and hard-core poor irrespective of race or religion, PERTIWI has developed a track record by interacting with various destitute inner-city communities on a regular basis, and by providing additional support to assist those who are ready to become more independent. They also provide medical services to help those who seek basic treatment for common ailments.
As an organisation, PERTIWI is dedicated towards addressing the welfare and needs of marginalised groups in Malaysia. They note that Malaysia’s economic success and prosperity has ensured that hunger is not a matter of not having any food at all, but whether those in need are getting enough food on a regular basis and whether Malaysians care enough to provide food to them.
As a result, in line with Allianz’s values of social responsibility and integrity, partnering with PERTIWI ensured that their volunteers could be there at the moment of truth for the people they served.