On hand to receive the group was Norihan Ahmad, Principal of SKPK Johor Bahru. The school, built in 1996, has a total enrolment of 116 students ranging from 5-14 yrs old. Being the only school for the hearing impaired in Johor Bahru, the student comes from all over Johore and about 80percent of them stay at the school hostel.
Azman Ismail, Managing Director of Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd, who led the delegation said, “We are most privileged to be here today to help in a small way while to ensure that the special member of our society are given the due opportunity and provided the necessary support to develop themselves regardless of their disability.”
He further added, “At Shell one of our core value is about operating in a manner that is attuned to community expectations and which acknowledges that businesses have a shared responsibility with government, and more broadly society, to help facilitate the development of strong and sustainable communities.”
At the event, Shell Malaysia together with its South Retailers handed over contributions worth RM 50,000 to the school. The contribution was initiated to help the special school acquire additional necessary essential like hearing aids, dictionaries and other items.
According to Mohd Syah Abdullah, President of the Shell South Retailers Association who was also at the event together with its members, “We feel proud to be part of this event, and on behalf of my fellow retailers, we would like to thank Shell for giving us the privilege and opportunity to do so”.
Later, some 40 children from the special school were treated to a trip to LEGOLAND theme park in Nusajaya.
“We are really thankful to Shell Malaysia for giving the children such a wonderful day to cherish. They don’t usually get many opportunities to enjoy the best of fun learning and so this is a memorable event for them,” said Norihan Ahmad, Principal of Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas (SKPK)
Azman added “We wanted to help these children have an equal opportunity for fun learning experiences to support their overall growth and development. I am deeply touched when I saw the children’s faces lightened up as they entered the theme park. They were excited and participated enthusiastically in all of the activities.”
Azman concluded that the aim of the activities was to encourage the spirit of “giving for a good cause” for its staffs including the leaders themselves as well as to create awareness about certain causes and hopefully in doing so mobilise other big corporations to be involved in such activities.
It signifies Shell’s commitment to make both small and giant steps towards the creation of a better society, as well as the Shell’s intention for all its initiatives to pave the way for others to emulate in order to help reconcile the economic, social and environmental ambitions for the country.