KUALA LUMPUR, September 13 – UOB Malaysia has achieved a remarkable milestone by raising a record-breaking RM2 million in funds through its annual UOB Global Heartbeat Run/Walk. This achievement surpasses last year’s fundraising amount of RM1.2 million and reflects the dedication of UOB Malaysia colleagues and customers towards supporting underprivileged children and vulnerable communities through charitable initiatives. The UOB Global Heartbeat Run/Walk is a flagship volunteering and fundraising program held annually across 18 markets where UOB operates.
Since its inception in 2009, this program has raised nearly RM6.0 million, significantly impacting the lives of communities in need and aligning with the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focus areas of art, children, and education. Every year, UOB Malaysia brings together employees, customers, and partners for this important event, emphasizing volunteerism, fundraising, and active participation in the physical run/walk. This year, UOB Malaysia colleagues organized numerous fundraising activities, including food bazaars and charity sales, contributing to the remarkable record sum.
Ms. Ng Wei Wei, Chief Executive Officer of UOB Malaysia, expressed deep gratitude for the success of the 15th edition of the UOB Global Heartbeat Run/Walk. She highlighted the significance of the RM2 million figure, representing the generosity of UOB colleagues and customers and the positive impact on the community. Ms. Ng Wei Wei reiterated UOB’s commitment to its purpose of “Building the future of ASEAN” and its focus on children, education, and art as essential pillars in constructing a progressive society. The funds raised by UOB Malaysia will primarily support building an inclusive society and advancing the social development of communities.
Five key beneficiaries – Food Aid Foundation, HOPE Worldwide Malaysia, SOLS 24/7, Special Olympics Malaysia, and World Vision Malaysia – will utilize these funds to enhance ongoing efforts aimed at improving the lives of underprivileged children and creating opportunities to help them realize their potential. Ms. Danutcha Singh, Managing Director of SOLS Foundation, expressed gratitude for UOB Malaysia’s generous support, emphasizing the positive impact on off-grid Orang Asli communities and charity homes across Malaysia. The funds raised will power rural electrification solutions, extending essential services to off-grid areas and providing long-term financial relief to NGOs’ electricity bills, ultimately contributing to a brighter and more inclusive Malaysia.
The 15th edition of this annual flagship event took place at The Arc @ Rimbayu, drawing over 4,000 UOB Malaysia colleagues, their families, and customers. The event featured a carnival with fun games, performances, and various activities. This year’s event holds special significance as it marks the participation of ex-Citigroup employees who have joined the UOB family following the acquisition of Citigroup’s consumer banking business in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Apart from Malaysia, the UOB Global Heartbeat Run/Walk was held in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The UOB Global Heartbeat Run/Walk is part of the ongoing UOB Heartbeat Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which strives to create sustainable good for more caring and inclusive societies through corporate philanthropy, stakeholder partnerships, and employee engagement. Guided by the bank’s Values of Honour, Enterprise, Unity, and Commitment, UOB unites colleagues, customers, and business partners to make a positive difference in communities.