24th February, 2017
SANDAKAN: Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan together with a Non-Governmental Organisation
(NGO), GIVE, founded by Bill Keith and supported by ex-beauty queens of Malaysia promoted the thought that the unfortunate have not been forgotten.
Bill, who is one of Malaysia’s top fashion designers, had this impromptu vision and inspiration to meet up with Duchess of Kent Hospital director, Dr. Francis Paul when he was in Sandakan on a recent business trip.
Dr. Agnes of the Paediatrics Ward came forward to respond with the plea that many children here in Sandakan are in dire straits in terms of financial and medical assistance as it can be costly.
Bill, who has a heart of gold then reached out to the management of Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan and the event, was made to happen.
Betty Anne Brohier who was Miss Malaysia World in 1984 and the other ex-beauty pageant title holders currently manage GIVE.
For the first trip which was carried out as a Community Social Responsibility (CSR) project of the international hotel in Sandakan, several children from poor families were identified as requiring assistance.
Heads of Departments of the hotel led by Daniyal Ng (Executive Assistant Manager), Dzenrada Ibrahim (Chairman of CSR), Rizdman Kumah (Chairman of Sustainability) and a group of associates with a heart for the underprivileged, distributed homemade cupcakes made by the hotel’s Pastry Chef, Azahar, to the children and their parents.
Hotel General Manager Peter Padman is away on a sales mission to promote Sabah and in particular Sandakan as a destination to Australia and New Zealand.
In a telephone interview, Peter commented that, though his team is running a business and that revenue is the main focus, a balance with guests, staff and the local community is a necessity.
He added that he has been always taught and continues to believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive. – James Leong