Brewer concludes extraordinary contribution of thermometers and disinfection services to benefit more than 1 million schoolchildren nationwide
SHAH ALAM, 2 October 2020 – Parents and teachers of more than 1 million schoolchildren can breathe easily under Carlsberg Malaysia’s Safer Schools campaign which has concluded its contribution of handheld thermometers and disinfection services to more than 1,400 Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools nationwide.
Before classes resumed in stages starting 24 June, all eligible schools received more than 3,100 handheld thermometers, with a further 7.2 million square feet of classrooms, facilities and common areas disinfected in schools identified within Covid-19 “red zones” during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Carlsberg Malaysia’s Managing Director Stefano Clini commented, “This year’s unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and prolonged social distancing measures have created a lot of uncertainty for the community, especially considering the persistent number of new cases that keep increasing up to today. Since we announced the Safer Schools campaign in April, the enthusiastic responses, encouraging words and positive reviews we received from schools and consumers reinforced that our contribution is a purposeful and impactful one.”
“We’re grateful that we’ve concluded the Safer Schools campaign has provided peace of mind to parents and teachers of more than 1 million schoolchildren. Carlsberg Malaysia hopes that our contribution to these primary and secondary schools helps keep students’ safety checked and teachers’ spirits high while keeping infections at bay,” Clini added.
According to Wong Kum Ming, principal of SMJK Confucian in Kuala Lumpur, the school’s priority was disinfecting the most frequented classrooms and toilets, while the donated thermometers were a great help to monitor students’ temperatures at school entrances. “Thanks to the campaign’s contribution, parents were confident to send their children to school. We achieved a 95% attendance rate on the first two days of classes when schools reopened on 24 June, while our teaching staff felt safe starting work after our school compound had been sanitised,” said Wong.
John Posco, principal of SJK(T) Kajang, added, “Sanitisation activities have become a norm in schools with the threat of Covid-19 and we thank the Safer Schools campaign for their timely contribution for this necessary but costly activity and for doing their part for society. The contribution has helped ensure that students are safe and free from infections while parents are confident to send their children to class because they know that school areas are constantly sanitised.”
Lee Lin Sau, principal of SJK(C) Nan Kai appreciated the brewer’s assistance in helping the school comply with government standard operating procedures. “With this campaign’s sponsorship for school sanitisation before reopening to curb the spread of the virus, it really eased our burdens and worries while teachers and parents are confident on our children's safety and classes can be conducted without much complications,” mentioned Lee.
The Safer Schools campaign also extended across Sabah and Sarawak with 266 beneficiary schools across both states receiving a total donated value of RM167,000 in thermometers and disinfection services for high-risk schools, benefitting an estimated 139,000 students.
Ng Yew Hong, principal of Lahad Datu Middle School, shared, “With the pandemic looming over us, we’re grateful to be included in Carlsberg Malaysia’s Safer Schools campaign. Its generosity in providing disinfection services and preventative tools provided peace of mind to parents, teachers and students while reducing our burden to guard against Covid-19. Carlsberg Malaysia’s spirit of giving back to society is a shining example for others.”
Liaw Sui Cheng, principal of SJK(C) Wah Man in Sarikei, added, “Our school has almost 370 pupils and teachers, so the campaign donation really solved the shortage of thermometers when measuring the temperature of parents, students and teachers entering the school every day with the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing. We express great gratitude to the campaign for their effort towards our country’s education – they’re one in a million!”
Safer Schools is Carlsberg Malaysia’s extraordinary aid to local communities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in line with its purpose of Brewing for a Better Today and Tomorrow. The campaign is part of the brewer’s Safer Together initiatives that also benefit customers and consumers, including aid for business recovery for F&B outlets most affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) lockdown measures.