Over 350 Maybank Cambodia employees over the weekend participated in the “Restore the Gift of Sight” initiative aimed at eliminating avoidable blindness in the Kingdom via eye screening and eye surgery for the underprivileged.
Maybank Cambodia employees gathered at about 7am on Saturday at Maybank Tower in Phnom Penh, where chief executive officer Mohd Hanif Suadi and chairman of the board of directors Anthony Brent Elam delivered a speech to open the event.
At about 8am, volunteers left for their respective missions held at five different locations across the Kingdom, with the aim to benefit over 1,000 people through eye surgery and dissemination of information on eye care.
Mr Hanif said the initiative is a collaboration between Maybank Cambodia and Khmer Sight Foundation. He said that the initiative kick starts the ongoing employee volunteer activities that will continue throughout the year.
“Our employees will be involved in the volunteer activities at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital, assisting the Khmer Sight Foundation team in the eye screening and surgery mission performed by surgeons from Australia,” he said.
“There will also be employees stationed at the People Improvement Organisation in Stung Meanchey and four other locations in the provinces to deliver eye care awareness sessions to students and community members,” he added.
In his speech on Saturday, Mr Hanif said Maybank employees in Battambang, Serey Sophorn, Siem Reap and Takeo provinces will also run eye care awareness sessions for local communities.
“We’re very happy to have our chairman flying in to join us in this mission today,” he said. “Your presence demonstrates our leaders’ strong commitment in touching the lives of others and is an inspiration for us to continue doing our best for others as a way to give back to the community.”
Mr Elam said the initiative is in line with the five Maybank Corporate Responsibility pillars, which are community empowerment, education, healthy living, environmental diversity, and arts and culture.
“For us at Maybank, creating a sustainable, profitable and responsible business goes hand-in-hand with the welfare and wellbeing of our community,” Mr Elam said. “We know for a fact that without their support, we will not enjoy the success that we have today.”
“This is why our people work hard every day to succeed and give back in many ways to the community who has given us so much,” he said. “This is why we continuously do our best to provide sustainable solutions for those we serve through our corporate responsibility initiatives.”
“I hope that the many things we do today will continue to push and inspire us to create more long-lasting impact for days to come,” he added.
Taing Sreyneang, 25, a Maybank Cambodia volunteer, speaking before leaving Maybank Tower to her location of duty at Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital, said she was proud to be part of the bank and contribute her time to help underprivileged people.
“As a Maybanker, we always do various programmes every year to help our society,” Ms Sreyneang said. “For this year, we will go to the hospital to assist them (Khmer Sight Foundation team) and I am proud to do so.”
“Some will help today (Saturday) and others will join on Sunday,” she added. “We are not medical professionals, but we can help in other ways, for example, we can help with registration work, translation and other things.”
Ms Sreyneang said it was important to help the community, especially the underprivileged.
“Sometimes, we need to contribute our time and give back to society. We are happy to do this activity together,” she said. “I want to say that not only Maybankers in Cambodia do this kind of work, but also Maybankers around the world.”
Kong Phoeun, a 77 year-old farmer from Prey Veng province who came to Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital for an eye exam and eye surgery, expressed his gratitude to Maybank for their help.
“I came here on Friday for an eye surgery and I did not need to pay anything to the the Khmer Sight Foundation, and I was warmly welcomed by Maybankers [volunteers] here,” he said. “I am happy for their help and hope they will continue to do this in the future.”
In conjunction with the 10th Maybank Global CR Day, over 22,000 Maybank employees worldwide will embark on various initiatives to make a positive impact on the communities they serve and the environment in their respective locations from Saturday until October 30.
The Global CR Day was first held in 2010 in conjunction with Maybank’s 50th anniversary, and over 10,000 employees took part in the inaugural event.
According to a press release, the event this year is part of employees’ year-long efforts in driving sustainable initiatives which are estimated to impact over 14,000 lives across 14 countries.
With the theme of “Maybank Care – Impact, Engage and Empower”, the Maybank Global CR Day is part of the group’s Cahaya Kasih employee volunteerism programme which is carried out in all countries where the bank operates.
The 116 initiatives to be carried out this year showcase the strength of concerted social work by leveraging the network of Maybank employees in influencing the wider public to become responsible citizens.
Nora Manaf, Maybank Group’s chief human capital officer, said in the press release that the Global CR Day this year marks its 10th installment, further demonstrating the group’s unparalleled commitment in transforming the lives of the people and conserving the environment, in line with its mission of humanising financial services.
“Championing sustainable initiatives in the communities and the environment has been Maybank’s fundamental principle since our establishment in 1960,” she said. “The Global CR Day running for the 10th consecutive year reinforces our role in bringing together our passionate workforce to invest time and effort in undertaking long serving and highly impactful initiatives.”
“Through the Maybank Foundation as well as our employee volunteerism programmes, we see that there is a strong synergy connecting communities of the world from various cultural backgrounds and geographies all gearing up for a noble cause,” she added.