Humanitarian Activities

Back to listAug 1, 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Humanitarian Activities

SGM_NKF_appreciation_day.jpg The NKF Training Center's "Appreciation Day"

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) regularly sponsors charity events to raise funds for causes such as local orphanages, hearing- and sight-impaired treatment centers and clinics for the treatment of patients with kidney and heart disease.

For the past eight years, SGM members have been collecting newspapers every third Sunday of the month in Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Training Center in Petaling Jaya.

During the NKF Training Center's "Appreciation Day," SGM volunteers were commended for their efforts to support NKF over the years. At the event, SGM representative Michael Siow stated, "We do a lot of charity work at SGM. To keep going, you have to think of others first. If you can do something to make others happy, it will also bring you happiness."

NFK Fundraising Director Shirley Koh said the foundation organizes many events and relies on the help of volunteers. During his remarks, NKF Chief Executive Officer Chua Hong emphasized that the 40-year success of the foundation was a result of the combined efforts of the donors and the volunteers. He further stated that the foundation's greatest achievement is that it has been able to provide dialysis for patients who are not able to afford the treatments. He said, "With the rising number of patients, we can't do it alone and our volunteers help us by creating resources. Cost-saving is also fund raising for us and whether big or small, it makes a difference to us."

100801x_sgm_blood-drive_tangkak.jpg A blood donation campaign in Tangkak, Johor

NKF currently has 25 centers nationwide, catering to more than a thousand patients who receive hemodialysis.

On August 1, SGM Johor organized a blood donation campaign in Tangkak, Johor, and collected 169 packets of blood. SGM member Teo Pei Chye, who organized the event, expressed his appreciation to the donors and sponsors. The blood collected was given to the blood bank at Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah, Johor.


[Adapted from an article from The Star Online, Malaysia; photos courtesy of SGM]