Sodexo and KSK served 1000 hungry stomachs
Dato’ Ruby, my close student and President of Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) sent me interesting updates last night about the Sodexo Malaysia Servathon 2012. The event was a joint community effort by Sodexo and KSK to serve food to over 1000 people!! Sodexo is a French multinational corporation head-quartered in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. They are one of the largest food services and facilities management companies in the world, with over 380,000 employees, representing 130 nationalities. They have 34,000 sites in 80 countries.
The Servathon is an annual event held in all 80 countries they are present in. Since 1997, every April, Sodexo encourages employees around the world to join forces together to fight hunger in their local communities. This is all through their STOP Hunger Initiative. 2012 marks the first time the Servathon is held in Malaysia. In 2011, more than 39,000 employees in 30 countries participated in various projects, donating the equivalent of 200,000 meals to those in need!!
Back in Malaysia, Servathon chose KSK as their partner for the Servathon 2012 event. The event was held yesterday, 21 April 2012 on the field opposite of KSK’s building at Jalan Barat, KL. I was very happy when I heard the news that over 1000 people from various race, religion and age benefited from this program. KSK invited their homeless clients, Rumah Orang Tua Ampang (Old Folks), Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary (Indian kids) and Surau Jamal Al-Surur (Muslim kids) which made up to over 1000 people. 500 red packets were also given out during the event kindly sponsored by a KSK sponsor.
50 of Sodexo’s staffs were on their feet since 8am to volunteer their time to serve the community. They prepared the food, goody bags and everything else that were needed to make the event a success. Sodexo’s country manager, Mr Col Lin Yeo was also present along with all his comrades. Everyone worked extra hard and did not mind getting dirty and sweaty to serve the homeless community, old folks and orphanages I was told. The event ended at 1.30pm with both care givers and care recipients going home contented. Sodexo also said that they want to hold this event again with KSK next year!
KSK has really grew since its younger days. I am very proud of Dato’ Ruby, KSK’s committee and all volunteers who work tirelessly every week to feed our street friends and now engaging with other corporations to serve a larger community.
This is what I want to do in Malaysia and continue with this. We are having Kechara Soup Kitchens (KSK) now in Shanghai, China and also Jakarta, Indonesia. I hope people can do this all around the world.
Hunger has no barriers…
Sodexo’s employees preparing for the event at KSK’s building.
Sodexo’s banner at the tents.
Sodexo’s employees preparing scrumptious vegetarian meals.
Kwok Wai briefing KSK’s volunteers.
KSK’s volunteers greeting the senior citizens from Rumah Orang Tua Ampang.
Kids from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary arriving at the event.
Kids from Surau Jamal Al-Surur arriving at the event.
Sodexo’s country manager, Mr Col Lin Yeo giving a speech to start off the event.
Dato’ Ruby giving a speech on behalf of KSK.
Throngs of people lining up to collect their food and goody bags.
Servathon Malaysia 2012 served both young and old.
More and more people from the homeless community lining up to be served by Sodexo and KSK.
Dato’ Ruby having a chat with friends from Surau Jamal Al-Surur.
Dato’ Ruby with kids from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary. She loves them all!
Vegetarian food that was served to everyone.
Bulk of goody bags ready to be given away!
Sodexo’s employees giving out the goody bags they prepared earlier.
Items in the goody bags comprising of towel, milo, fruits, biscuits, etc.
Mr Col Lin Yeo giving out angpaus (red packets) prepared by KSK’s sponsor.
More angpaus given out by Sodexo’s employees.
Dato’ Ruby very happy to present angpaus to our friends.
500 angpaus were given away during the event.
Dato’ Ruby bidding farewell to the senior citizens. Five Star coach company sponsored and ferried the old folks in luxury.
Mr Col Lin Yeo, Dato’ Ruby with Sodexo’s employees.
A group photo of Sodexo and KSK’s volunteers!
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