L’OCCITANE SHINES A GUIDING LIGHT FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY-IMPAIRED WITH THE LAUNCH OF PASTRY TRAINING PROGRAM AT ST NICHOLAS’ HOME, Penang
20 March 2015 - L’OCCITANE Malaysia continues to light a flame of hope for the less fortunate ones, having successfully raised a total of RM40,000 from its signature charity fundraising project and also proud to have another 5,000 euro (RM21,285) co-funded by L’OCCITAN FOUNDATION France.
L’OCCITANE kickstarted its charity fundraising on 9th October last year in conjunction with International World Sight Day, where limited edition I Care About Sight Tote Bag were sold at all L’OCCITANE Boutiques for RM20 each.
RM20,000 has been channeled to upgrade MAB’s Orientation and Mobility Classroom in its Kinta Valley Centre, Ipoh, with a Braille globe, Braille maps, Braille tiles and tactile stone path. Other proposed mobility equipment include white canes, normal canes and a voice-activated cane, so that the blind and visually-impaired will have the opportunity to expose themselves to more knowledge and practical skills.
Another portion of the funds – RM20,000 and co-fund of RM21,285 was used to support Pastry Training Programme at St Nicholas’ Home, which allows blind and visually-impaired trainees obtain proper training in baking skills, allowing them to polish their interpersonal skills and pursue careers in the field of baking.
“L’OCCITANE Malaysia initiated its local CSR effort six years ago to offer an equal learning opportunity for both blind and partially sighted children and adults to acquire knowledge. “The newly introduced Pastry Training Program will definitely help to provide a greater and better learning ground to the visually impaired people to enhance their capability at work and thus they are able to live independently and also contribute to the society”, said Mr. Tan Seong Teck, GM of L’OCCITANE.
“This is the second time we are extending our supports to St Nicholas Home, Penang. By helping to create awareness and raise funds on behalf of the visually-impaired, we’re able to provide them with more opportunities to improve their lives. We hope to continue this noble effort in a sustainable manner” commented Ms Clarance Boo, PR Manager of L’OCCITANE during her recent visit to St Nicholas’ Home, Penang.
About L’OCCITANE FOUNDATION
Ever since its creation, L’OCCITANE has nurtured simple values: authenticity, respect and sensoriality. These values have become more than a philosophy; they are a commitment. Since 2006, the L’OCCITANE Foundation has had a yearly budget of approximately €1,000,000, and provides funding for about fifteen public-interest projects. These projects are chosen based on the real impact they will have «on the ground» and cover two fields of action: women’s entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso and the fight against avoidable blindness in some 15 countries across the world. For more information, visit: fondation.loccitane.com
About MALAYSIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND (MAB)
The Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) was established in 1951 in order to look after the welfare of the blind in the country. It is also the premier voluntary organization in Malaysia serving visually impaired persons by providing services that help the blind and prevent the tragedy of avoidable blindness.
About ST NICHOLAS’ HOME, PENANG
Founded in 1926, St. Nicholas’ Home, Penang has a long history of caring for the blind and visually impaired person in Malaysia.As a charitable non-profit and non-governmental (NGO) service organisation, the Home caters to between 100-120 blind and visually impaired residents, trainees and clients ranging from age 6 to 77 years, from all over Malaysia undergoing various training and receiving social services, irrespective of religion, race and background.
For further information, please contact:
Clarance Boo (PR Department)
Tel : 03 – 2141 4076
Fax : 03 – 2144 7847