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ROCHE MALAYSIA RAISES FUNDS FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS AT ITS ANNUAL ROCHE CHILDREN’S WALK
157 company sites unite for Roche Children’s Walk to raise funds for more than 75 projects around the world
PETALING JAYA, June 25, 2018 – More than 400 Roche Malaysia employees organised various activities to raise RM 40,000 for hearing impaired children to attend the Komuniti TUTUR programme. From movie screening, bazaars and employee pledges, the joint initiative by Roche Malaysia employees from the pharmaceutical and shared service centre, culminated with a charity walk held in conjunction with Roche’s annual global event – the Roche Children’s Walk.
The Roche Children’s Walk is a traditional corporate social responsibility campaign of Roche global, involving more than 100 sites around the world. Every June, more than 90,000 Roche employees globally raise funds for philanthropic children’s projects within their countries. All funds raised for local cause are then matched by Roche to contribute to a variety of non-governmental organisation (NGO) programmes in developing countries such as Malawi, Ethiopia and the Philippines. For this year, through Roche’s global employee foundation, three new education partnerships were initiated in Ethiopia, Nepal and Kenya.
“In Malaysia we partnered with Yayasan Budi Penyayang, an NGO that supports the Komuniti TUTUR Programme, an initiative by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The TUTUR programme enables children, who receive cochlear implants to overcome their hearing loss, to transition from clinic and integrate them into society through various activities such as sound recognition and communication,” said Martin Kikstein, General Manager of Roche Services (Asia Pacific) Sdn. Bhd., during the cheque presentation ceremony at Sunway GEO recently.
Komuniti TUTUR also has other components as part of its activities such as knowledge and attitude building for parents, developing cochlear implant patients’ attitude, skill and knowledge.
“We are happy to support the children with hearing impairment to gain a better quality of life. At Roche, patients are the centre of our operations. We firmly believe in the potential to translate science into therapies, to address patient’s unmet needs and help them live longer and healthier lives. The combined strengths of our pharmaceuticals and diagnostics services – have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible,” said Lance Duan, General Manager, Roche (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., who was also present at the event. He also added that, “As part of our annual corporate social responsibility initiative, we partner with organisations that help improve the lives of disadvantaged children to provide them with a better quality of life.”
Meanwhile, Dato’ Leela Mohd Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, in her speech at the event, mentioned the support from Roche is important to sustain the Penyayang-Komuniti TUTUR programme. “It has been a journey of 17 years of working together with TUTUR to improve the lives of the hearing impaired children,” she said. Penyayang, she added, has signed a new Memorandum of Agreement with UKM to help continue the Penyayang-Komuniti TUTUR Programme.
Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche among the leaders in personalised healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.
Roche is one of the world’s largest biotech companies, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also one of the world leaders in in vitro diagnostics and tissue based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.
Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Twenty-nine medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Roche has been recognised as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry eight years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2016 employed more than 94,000 people worldwide. In 2016, Roche invested CHF 9.9 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 50.6 billion. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information, please visit www.roche.com.
Roche has been present in Malaysia since the 1950s, when the sales and distribution of products was managed by a third party distributor. Since then, Roche has established its operations to include Roche (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., the pharmaceutical business, Roche Diagnostics (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and Roche Services (Asia Pacific) Sdn. Bhd., the shared service centre. With a total staff strength of over 550, Roche has grown into one of the leading healthcare companies in Malaysia that provides holistic healthcare solutions to healthcare practitioners and patients. For more information, please visit www.roche.com.my.
About Roche Children’s Walk: A day powered by employees
Roche Children’s Walk is the company’s global signature employee project. Since the first company-wide walk in 2003, more than 220,000 Roche employees have participated, raising more than CHF 17 million. All money collected by employees is matched by Roche and used to support local children’s causes in communities where Roche operates, as well as in developing countries such as Malawi, Ethiopia and the Philippines. Funds are applied to local NGOs or channelled through the Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust (Re&Act), a legally independent charity. For more information, please visit www.react.roche.com.
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