On 20th December 2019 Hong Leong Bank’s CEO, senior management team and selected staff of the bank were excited to celebrate their year-end by completing a CSR activity with Cambodian Children’s Fund community in Steung Meanchey, one of the poorest areas in Phnom Penh.
Mr. Joe Farrugia, CEO of Hong Leong Bank presented two great activities to support their community, the first one being a donation of 17 brand new computer sets for educational purposes for their students and teachers, and the other activity was catering for gifts and snacks within the school grounds.
Arriving at the school there were rather emotional scenes as all the senior children lined the entrance to the School grounds clapping and cheering our arrival excitedly. The school’s head then gave us a tour of their humble facilities and shared some of the history of the school with us. After the tour, the younger students then joined their older brothers and sisters and lined up for us with respect back by Chum Reapsu and Orkun Chreourn for our enjoyment with great enthusiasm, and all of our staff showed respect back to these familiar school, Chum Reapsu and Orkun Chreurn too. Scott Neeson, who is the main founder of the Cambodian Children’s Fund community advised the computers will support the students for creative design, video and animated production programs and drawing architecture program work.
Mr. Joe Farrugia stated that “We hope what we achieve today at Cambodian Children’s Fund will go a long way towards ensuring all the children become good students, smarter students and have a successful future at this school and beyond. Hong Leong Bank will aim to help the community in as many ways as we can as we move forward into the future. We want to give back to the people and this is just a small start for now”.
Apart from the two CSR activities, Hong Leong Bank has also made sure that the teacher who coordinated the day did not leave the CSR event empty-handed. Hong Leong Bank gave each teacher member a gift bag for gratitude as we were extremely happy they could join us on this memorable day.