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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

RAMADAN BRIGHTER FOR CHILDREN WITH HIV

NGC Energy and Malaysian AIDS Foundation light up Ramadan for underprivileged children living with HIV and other affected communities in a star-filled event co-sponsored by Hilton Kuala Lumpur

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KUALA LUMPUR, 17 July 2014 – NGC Energy Sdn. Bhd. spread the joy of the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan to over 50 children living with HIV or those from under privileged households affected by HIV in the Klang Valley area served by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) in an Iftar (breaking of fast) ceremony called Iftar Ramadhan Bersama Komuniti Yang Disayangi held at Hilton Kuala Lumpur today.

The event marked the continuation of a well-established tradition of charity giving for Malaysia’s leading energy company, and paved the way for a dedicated corporate responsibility direction for co-sponsor Hilton Kuala Lumpur, in their common goal of advancing the corporate sector response to HIV & AIDS through community engagement and support initiatives.

In addition to hosting the Iftar dinner, NGC Energy, a valued longstanding corporate partner of MAF and its sister organisation the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC), continued its signature yearlong MiraGas cooking gas sponsorship programme for 22 shelter homes run by Partner Organisations of MAC nationwide for the fourth consecutive year in 2014.

NGC Energy General Manager Julianna Kamaruddin (centre) hands over a mock MiraGas cooking gas cylinder to a representative of a shelter home partner of the Malaysian AIDS Council (far left) to mark its yearlong cooking gas sponsorship programme. Malaysian AIDS Foundation Honorary Secretary Hisham Hussein (far right) looks on.

NGC Energy General Manager Julianna Kamaruddin said, “We are pleased to note that our partnership with MAF has gone from strength to strength over the years. Just as we are guided by our aspiration to provide sustainable energy solutions to our customers, this partnership has enabled us to reach out to segments of our society who are most often overlooked and underserved with resources to help them improve their quality of life. At NGC Energy, we remain deeply committed to our corporate philosophy of a people-oriented business, and will continue to explore ways through which we can enhance community empowerment to sustain MAF’s efforts to provide lifesaving HIV treatment, care and support services.”

At the same event, NGC Energy also pledged a donation of RM25,000 to MAF’s Nur Ramadhan fundraising drive and gave away Hari Raya money packets to the children.

Malaysian AIDS Foundation Honorary Secretary Hisham Hussein (third from right) accepts a mock cheque worth RM25,000 from NGC Energy Chairman Sheikh Abdulla Suleiman Hamed Al-Harthy (third from left) as contribution to the Foundation’s Nur Ramadhan fundraising drive. The cheque presentation is witnessed by Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporters Aaron Aziz (far left), Fahrin Ahmad (second from left), Hafiz Hamidun (second from right) and Bob Yusof (far right).

NGC Group Finance Controller Nalin Chadna (centre) reaches out to a child (held up by her caregiver) under the care of one of Malaysian AIDS Foundation’s partner shelter homes as NGC Energy General Manager Julianna Kamaruddin (far right) prepares to give away a Hari Raya money packet.

Hilton Kuala Lumpur, official hotel partner of the event, expressed its gratitude for the opportunity to contribute back to the community. General Manager Jamie Mead said, “We are proud to partner MAF on such an important social cause and we feel very fortunate to work in a business that presents us with so many opportunities to be part of millions of people’s lives, invite them into our hotels and to be a good neighbor to the various communities. As a leading global hospitality company, we recognise the pressing need to extend our contribution beyond being the hospitality partner for tonight’s event and thus, are excited about the prospect of being a key corporate partner of MAF and contributing directly to the Malaysian HIV response in the near future. We have a dedicated commitment to capitalize on these opportunities to affect real and meaningful change.”

Hilton Kuala Lumpur General Manager Jamie Mead (right) offers tokens of appreciation to NGC Energy Chairman Sheikh Abdulla Suleiman Hamed Al-Harthy (left) and Malaysian AIDS Foundation Honorary Secretary Hisham Hussein (centre) for the partnership on the Iftar Bersama Komuniti Yang Disayangi event.

“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), it is indeed heartening to see that our cause is able to unite not only two of Malaysia’s prominent corporate players from vastly different industries but also the diverse communities that we serve. And more meaningfully so in the holy month of Ramadan where acts of generosity and charity are encouraged,” said MAF Honorary Secretary Hisham Hussein. He added, “We are deeply humbled by and extremely grateful for the all the support that NGC Energy has given our Partner Organisations and us throughout the years, and welcome the contribution of our new corporate ally Hilton Kuala Lumpur. We will strive to strengthen these partnerships as we continue to address the many challenges and structural barriers that impede access to HIV health care and social services for our communities.”

Malaysian AIDS Foundation Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporter Aaron Aziz (far right) signs an autograph for his young fans celebrated at the Iftar Ramadhan Bersama Komuniti Yang Disayangi event.

A bevy of MAF Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporters including Aaron Aziz, Bob Yusof, Fahrin Ahmad, Hafiz Hamidun and Shah Shamshiri made their special appearances at the event much to the delight of the 400-strong crowd made up of members of the communities affected by HIV – underprivileged men and women living with HIV in addition to the celebrated children – as well as government and corporate stakeholders and development partners.

Iftar Ramadhan Bersama Komuniti Yang Disayangi was jointly organised by NGC Energy and MAF for the second year in a row as part of NGC Energy’s many corporate social responsibility efforts to give back to communities in which it operates. This year’s event was also supported by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM).

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NGC Energy Sdn. Bhd.

NGC Energy Sdn. Bhd. is a 60:40 partnership between National Gas Company SAOG (NGC), an Oman-based company, and Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd (KPS). As the second largest liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) player, NGC Energy inherited the yellow LPG cylinder, which has been a household name for 40 years, will find its way to Malaysian homes with the brand trade name of MiraGas. The company wants to differentiate itself in the LPG industrial segment by providing new technologies and solutions that they specialise in Middle East. For more information, please visit www.ngcenergy.com

 

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Towering 154 meters above street level with spectacular views of the Lake Gardens and city skyline, Hilton Kuala Lumpur delivers 5 star luxury in an unbeatable location – 28 minutes by high speed train from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and 33 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2). The hotel is also easily accessible from key shopping and entertainment districts, steps away from Nu Sentral, a 9-story shopping mall and to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in the city centre.

All 503 designer rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows for a panoramic view, 42” plasma TVs, state-of-the-art modern amenities and technology with open concept bathrooms complete with LCD TV and rain shower. Ten outstanding choices for dining and entertainment from award winning fusion cuisine to our signature Chinese and Japanese restaurants, casual poolside dining with great café, bar and lounge options. With 14 lavish meeting rooms including a magnificent Grand Ballroom, mid-size Sentral Ballroom and a sophisticated multi-event leveL7even, our meetings, events and outside catering services are designed to meet every event needs.

Hilton Kuala Lumpur is part of Hilton Worldwide, the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For more information, please visit our website at www.kuala-lumpur.hilton.com

 

Malaysian AIDS Foundation

The Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) was formed in 1992 to raise and administer funds to support the activities and programmes of Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) and its Partner Organisations, under the patronage of YABhg Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Prime Minister. MAF funds prevention, treatment and care programmes conducted by MAC. MAF also distributes corporate donors’ funds to support projects that have been unable to secure government funding or projects located in parts of the country where resources are scarce. For more information on MAF, logon to www.mac.org.my 

 

Contact

Media & Communications Department, Malaysian AIDS Foundation

Zaki Arzmi     │ +6016 292 2948  │ zaki@mac.org.my

Meera Abi      │ +6016 414 6400   │ meera@mac.org.my

 

Marketing Department, NGC Energy

Daniel Lim    │ +6019 336 1449  │ daniel.lim@ngcenergy.com

Azrin Ishak    │ +6013 242 2769   │ azrin.i@ngcenergy.com