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Kidz Day Out!
Malaysian AIDS Foundation and Berjaya Cares Foundation honour children living with HIV on World AIDS Day
SHAH ALAM, 30 November 2014 – The merry sound of children’s laughter permeated the air at the Kidz Day Out! celebration held in conjunction with World AIDS Day. Co-organised by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and Berjaya Cares Foundation, the event brought together 30 children living with HIV or from HIV-affected households across Klang Valley, who are beneficiaries of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation’s Paediatric AIDS Fund, for a fun-filled day of magic shows, clowns, cooking lessons and sand painting at Kidz & Creme Cafe here.
The Paediatric AIDS Fund, initiated in 1996, is one of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation’s signature financial assistance schemes under its Treatment, Care & Support banner, which specifically aims to alleviate the socio-economic burden of living with HIV for underprivileged children and their families. It provides monthly allowances of RM200 to 150 beneficiaries under the age of 12 from low-income households (combined household income of less than RM1,500 per month) nationwide, which cover the costs of traveling to hospitals for treatment follow-ups and other daily expenses.
Early this year, the Fund came under threat of discontinuation due to lack of funding. Fortunately, the Berjaya Cares Foundation came forward to adopt it just in time for the Berjaya Founder’s Day celebration in March. This support from Berjaya Cares Foundation entails a one-year commitment of financial sponsorship worth RM360,000.
“We are most grateful to Berjaya Cares Foundation for giving critical life support to our Paediatric AIDS Fund,” said Prof. Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation. “In recent years, remarkable progress has been made on the HIV science front, thus elevating the standard of HIV care and quality of life of people living with HIV. Children are now living longer, healthier and more meaningful lives with HIV. However, this is only possible if the children and their families have adequate access to the lifesaving treatment. Our Paediatric AIDS Fund helps to ensure that these children are able to access treatment that is currently available free at Government hospitals. Without it, the children may run the risk of falling out of treatment, rendering them vulnerable to treatment failure. Thankfully, Berjaya Cares Foundation came to our rescue, whose timely support has enabled us to continue our work to enrich the lives of our children.”
Commenting on the contribution, Dato’ Zurainah Musa, Executive Director of Berjaya Corporation Berhad said, “HIV and AIDS remain one of the greatest challenges to global health. While we acknowledge the success of the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programme in this country, socio-economic disparities pose a threat to the wellbeing of the children and their families who are impacted by this epidemic. We are pleased to be working with the Malaysian AIDS Foundation in supporting the children affected by the consequences of the disease and alleviating the families’ financial burden.”
The Malaysian AIDS Foundation has a long history of partnership with Berjaya Corporation group of companies since the early days of its establishment. In 1994, Founder of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan contributed RM1 million to the Malaysian AIDS Foundation as a start-up fund, which as a result, has helped it grow to become one of the country’s foremost charitable organisations. Through the years, Berjaya Corporation Berhad has made numerous generous contributions totalling to approximately RM1.23 million to other fundraising efforts of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation such as the biennial Red Ribbon Gala.
Kidz Day Out! is the first of a series of events associated with the Malaysian AIDS Foundation to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day. In addition to Berjaya Cares Foundation, the event was also supported by Aaron Aziz, Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporter of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and owner of Kidz & Creme Cafe who spent the day playing host to the children and other guests.
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 (MAF) 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, kindly log on to its dedicated website, www.mac.org.my
Berjaya Cares Foundation
Berjaya Cares Foundation was set up in 2008 with the objectives of providing aid to needy Malaysians, promoting staff well-being, conserving and protecting the environment as well as promoting and preserving Malaysian performing arts, culture and heritage. The Berjaya Cares Foundation aims to create a more synergistic effort in the CSR initiatives of the various subsidiaries within the Berjaya Corporation group of companies. Berjaya Cares Foundation will spearhead the Berjaya Founder’s Day annual fund-raising event, dedicating to serving and engaging the community.
Media & Communications Department, Malaysian AIDS Foundation
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