Sarawak Energy Employees Contributes For The Purchase Of Medical Equipment For Cancer Children

KUCHING, 4th SEPTEMBER 2014, THURSDAY:  Staff of Sarawak Energy have successfully raised fund in assisting the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) to purchase a number of medical equipment to benefit cancer patients under its care.

Through an internal drive, launched by Sarawak Energy’s Chief Executive Officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit in July, the team managed to pool together a substantial amount of donation.

This was later topped up by the company to a total of RM300,000. The money will go towards purchasing a number of costly medical equipment urgently needed by SCCS and this includes fluid manager, Philips Intellivue Mx600 monitor, Styler bed, Philip Oxygen Concentrator, Transport trolley-stryker and Homecare Equipment among others.

Sarawak Energy handed over the cheque to SCCS in a simple ceremony today at Menara Sarawak Energy. Present to receive the donation was a delegation from SCCS led by its Vice President Gary Ho. 

The internal drive was mooted by Torstein during the Sarawak Energy Leadership Conference and was driven by the staff themselves after witnessing the testimonies of members of SCCS which also include their own fellow colleague, Abang Abdul Raini, whose son was diagnosed with the illness in 2009.

Their stories on the battle against cancer moved the staff and this saw an internal charity drive within Sarawak Energy’s offices state-wide.

SCCS was established for the relief and care of Malaysian children suffering from cancer as well as their families irrespective of race, religion and creed by providing support, accommodation, financial aid, education and recreation. It also supports the advancement of research and public education in the prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer.

It was learnt that some 70 cancer cases among children are detected every year in Sarawak and SCCS had assisted more than 700 families since it was registered in 2001.

Torstein commended the selfless initiative of his team to improve the facilities at SCCS so that the children there receive the best care possible.

“It is a noble effort on the part of my team to contribute to a worthwhile cause. I have said it before that in our pursuit to spearhead Sarawak’s development through our business of generating energy; we must not lose sight of our values to care for another.

“The ability to empathise will only keep us grounded and ask ourselves the question ‘Do we care enough’” he said.
Torstein said this desire of wanting to help another should be embedded as part of company’s culture. Meanwhile, Ho was appreciative of SEB’s staff on wanting to take part in assisting the society and not just in money sense, but also showing concern and help spread awareness of the cause.

He said this was the biggest single donation SCCS had ever received from a corporate company.

“When it comes to childhood cancer, we always feel that it doesn’t relate to us when in actual fact, cancer affects us in one way or the other. We all know somebody who has or is battling with the illness.

“I would like to congratulate the Sarawak Energy team for raising a significant amount to help us provide better assistance and support to the families of cancer stricken children in the state. We would like to call on all corporate bodies in Sarawak to emulate the compassion and generosity of the SEB management and staff,” he added.

Reaching Out, Touching Lives: Sarawak Energy CEO Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit presents the mock cheque to SCCS Vice President Gary Ho as from left; Sarawak Energy Vice President for Hydro Polycarp Wong, Group Company Secretary Lim Li Na, Corporate Communications Manager Ahadiah Zamhari, Social Investment Manager Joanne Tan, Assistant General Manager for Capital Works Procurement and Contracts Shawn Liu, General Manager for Legal Stephanie Gae Chin, Chief Financial Officer Alexander Chin, General Manager Planning and Strategy Alvin Lim, Senior Vice President for Project Execution Einar Kilde, SCCS committee member Stanley Yao, SCCS Manager Jodie Sim and SCCS Treasurer Dr Leh Moi Ung.