Photo - Lee Heng Gee, Intel's Penang Assembly and Test Factory Manager admiring pieces of exhibited artwork contributed by an IIMGP recipient school.
Semiconductor firm Intel Malaysia's volunteer service under its Intel Involved Matching Grant Program (IIMGP) has exceeded 60,000 volunteers hours and recorded its highest payout of more than RM930,000 (about US$302,000).
During the recognition ceremony held in Penang recently, Intel employee EK Siow was recognised as the top volunteer for 2012, which makes this the third year in a row he has secured the top spot.
Siow spent more than 800 hours, the highest contribution to the collective 60,000 volunteer hours registered by Intel employees during 2012. The Intel Foundation matched US$5 to each qualifying hour, which meant that last year's payout resulted in a matching grant of about US$302,000 or RM930,000 - the highest payout recorded since the programme's inception in 2006, according to a statement by Intel Malaysia.
"There's certainly nothing more fulfilling than giving back to the community. Intel Foundation matching our contributions and rewarding us for it is just the icing on the cake!" said Siow while he accepted his award. Nine other top volunteers, as well as Siow, each received an Intel-powered Ultrabook.
"Intel Malaysia is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the communities in which we live and work," said Intel's Penang Assembly and Test Factory manager, Lee Heng Gee. "Last year, we announced the '1K: I'm In' campaign, a community initiative also under the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program (IIMGP), in conjunction with Intel Malaysia's 40th year anniversary celebrations. Through this campaign, departments across Intel Malaysia were encouraged to volunteer a minimum of 1,000 hours to each school that they adopt."
"It is always encouraging to see my fellow colleagues pitching in for causes and organisations they support. Last year, our volunteers touched a total of 30 schools and 19 NGOs throughout Penang and Kulim," said Lee.
When the principal of SMK Taman Kenari, Ismail bin Md Isa, discovered that Intel employees contributed the most hours in his school, he said: "In the past year alone, close to 4000 volunteer hours were contributed by Intel employees collectively. That's almost half a year's worth of service if we convert it into days and almost as many days as our students have classes!"
Haji Abu Bakar bin Muad, head of Academic Management Sector, representing Haji Ahmad Tarmizi bin Kamarudin, the director of education, Penang, said: "Intel has had a long history in the state of Penang and should be recognised not only for contributing to our economy, but also to our society as well. Many lives have been touched by the volunteers and on behalf of the schools and communities; I would like to thank them for all their hard work."
The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program was created to recognise and motivate Intel employees, globally, to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make local communities a better place to live, work, and play in. Since the launch of IIMGP in 2006, Intel Foundation has disbursed about RM5 million (US$1.56 million) in funds to its beneficiaries for various projects and this amounts to more than 430,000 in volunteer hours by Intel employees in Malaysia so far.
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