Tuesday, August 17, 2010

IBM helps NGO to reach out to the disabled

The run’s proceeds will go towards Damai’s programmes to reach out to the disabled in rural
PM areas with limited access to its services.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 08.07

PETALING JAYA: IBM Malaysia raised RM40,572 for the Damai Disabled Persons Association of Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan (Damai) through its inaugural Smarter Planet Charity Run 2010 recently.

The contribution will help Damai to reach out to disabled people in rural areas with limited access to its services and centres.IBM On Demand Community volunteers have been working closely with the non-governmental organisation (NGO) for the disabled for the past few years on ICT skills training programmes.

The charity run is IBM's continuous corporate responsibility efforts to support Damai's outreach programme.

The run attracted close to 1,500 people and saw the participation of some 800 IBM employees and their families and friends, clients, and business partners. IBM's Smarter Planet Facebook community also showed up. The 5km charity run took place in Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya.
IBM Malaysia managing director Ramanathan Sathiamutty presented the run's proceeds to Damai president V. Murugeswaran at a cheque presentation ceremony just before its flag-off. "The proceeds from this run will enable us to realise our dream of owning a Mobility Van to promote our services in remote and rural areas," said Murugeswaran.For IBM, the charity run is about making the world a better place to live, building a smarter planet and improving quality of life.

"We are glad that our contributions will help Damai to reach out to, educate and develop those who are in need in areas otherwise not reacheable," said Ramanathan.By a smarter planet, IBM means building cities and infrastructure for better services to the people, excellent public transport that caters to people from all walks of life, and education systems and talent development programmes that will equip Malaysians with the skills to contribute to the country's development.