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GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

As part of its commitment to helping those who are less fortunate in the community, the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SMCCI) donates a portion of its proceeds each year to a chosen beneficiary. This year, both SMCCI as well as its women’s wing, DEWI@SMCCI have galvanised its membership to donate to its chosen beneficiary, the Muslim Kidney Action Association (MKAC).

The Muslim Kidney Action Association (MKAC) is a non-profit social service organization that provides assistance to the chronically ill members of the Malay/Muslim community (including kidney and organ failure patients) and their families. The organization’s objective is to address the various challenges faced by not just kidney patients, but also by their family members. Their assistance programmes are geared towards providing them with the tools, skills and opportunities to overcome their present challenges and enable them to become self-sufficient and self reliant.

SMCCI members had the opportunity to visit MKAC yesterday and spent the afternoon to show support to the beneficiaries during the sharing sessions. The visit also saw the distribution of hampers with items contributed by various members.

Chairman of DEWI, Mdm Fadilah Majid said “Members were truly inspired by the strength and determination of the beneficiaries in overcoming countless hurdles in their battle with kidney failures. Their perseverance in the face of adversity make them deserving of our compassion. We would like to thank The President of MKAC, Mr Ameerali for the opportunity to give back to the community and for the warm hospitality.”

Mdm Fadilah also shares DEWI’s plans to explore the possibility of co-organising workshops for them. She said,” As many of the kidney patients are women , DEWI@SMCCI will explore ways to mentor them in starting their own home businesses.

With these donations, SMCCI hopes to alleviate the financial burdens of those in need. President of SMCCI, Mr Shamir Rahim said “It is important that our businesses gives back to the community and I am encouraged by the strong support shown by our members to this noble initiative.”

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