Kuala Lumpur, Friday, 3 August 2007
Lafarge Malayan Cement, the leader in the Malaysian cement industry, today celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Schools Project with much festivity and pride. Attended by more than 150 students from schools surrounding its four Lafarge Malayan Cement plants in Malaysia, the event marked a significant milestone for Lafarge Malayan Cement in shaping tomorrow's young minds through education. The event was graced by the Minister of Human Resources, YB Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn.
Since 1997, in line with their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, Lafarge Malayan Cement has promoted the Lafarge Malayan Cement Schools Project. This project aims at giving back to the communities in which Lafarge Malayan Cement operates in, by promoting educational and academic excellence amongst schools in the vicinity of its four plants across Malaysia - Rawang in Selangor, Kanthan in Perak, Pasir Gudang in Johor and Langkawi in Kedah.
Through this project, Bursaries are given to students from low income families and Excellence Awards given to outstanding ones, from a total of 28 schools, amounting to about RM135,000 per year. Over the last 10 years, Lafarge Malayan Cement has helped over 1,500 deserving and needy students who have since excelled in their UPSR and SPM examinations. In 2006 alone, about 200 bursaries of RM400 and RM500 each were granted to students covered in this community project.
Present at the ceremony was Alain Crouÿ, President & CEO of Lafarge Malayan Cement who said, "We believe education is essential and the foundation of any career. We are pleased to play a part in the education of these children and I am happy to see so many children here today to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Schools Projects, a programme that is close to our hearts."
"We feel this programme has been an inspiration to all of us, as it promotes education and academic excellence in the schools and helps build our relationship with the surrounding communities. To-date, RM1.5 million has been dedicated to this project," added Crouÿ.
About Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad
Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad (LMCB) is the leader of the Malaysian cement industry. It was incorporated in 1950 with its first cement plant built in Malaysia in 1953. LMCB is today the parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore whose core businesses are in the manufacturing and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete and other related building materials. LMCB currently employs more than 1,500 people and operates a nationwide network of facilities, which includes three integrated cement plants in Langkawi, Kanthan and Rawang, a grinding plant in Pasir Gudang and distribution channels by road, rail and sea. LMCB is proud to serve Malaysia for the past 57 years and is committed to continue "Building Malaysia Together" in the coming years.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafargemalayancement.com.
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 71,000 employees in over 70 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 17 billion in 2006.
Lafarge has been committed to sustainable development for many years, pursuing a strategy that combines industrial know-how with performance, value creation, respect for employees and local cultures, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and energy. Lafarge is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2007 "100 Global Most Sustainable Corporations in the World". To make advances in building materials, Lafarge places the customer at the heart of its concerns. It offers the construction industry and the general public innovative solutions bringing greater safety, comfort and quality to their everyday surroundings.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.com.
Lafarge Malayan Cement's Schools Project, 10th Anniversary
The main highlight of Lafarge Malayan Cement Schools Project 10th Anniversary event was the presentation of bursaries to more than 150 students from 28 schools in Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Johor. A pillar of financial support to students from less affluent backgrounds, for years, the Schools Project has been a programme that underprivileged parents look forward to as a means of helping ease their financial burden to meet their children's educational needs.
Amongst the recipients at the event was Mohamad Suhaimi Sulaiman of SK Perigi Acheh, Johor. His mother, Radiah, expressed her utmost gratitude to Lafarge Malayan Cement for this financial assistance which will help the family a great deal as she is a housewife and Mohamad's father who is a fisherman, earns just RM500 to support a family of 6.
Krishapriya a/p Muniandy, 17 years old, from SMK Methodist Perak, the third child amongst 7 siblings of a single working mother, was elated with the bursary given by Lafarge Malayan Cement. She said, "This is the second time that I have been given this bursary and am extremely thankful as this will help me towards fulfilling my dreams of joining the business management field."
Also happy and pleased with the bursary given by Lafarge Malayan Cement, was Yang Jia Xin's parents from SMK Seri Garing, Rawang, who said, "We would like to thank Lafarge Malayan Cement for their generousity. This bursary will ease our education financial burden and help Jia Xin achieve her ambition of becoming an accountant." Jia Xin's mother became the sole breadwinner for the family of 5, earning RM800 a month, when her father stopped working due to health reasons.
During the celebration, Lafarge Malayan Cement also announced the winners of their essay-writing contest, organised earlier with the schools from the four vicinities, where the students were asked to describe, in less than 50 words, "Why Is Education Important?". The top winners, Balqis binti Abdul Rahman from Sekolah Kebangsaan Kilim, Langkawi and Nor Liyana binti Rosedi from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ayer Hangat, Langkawi, walked away with trophies, books and cash.