Team Malaysia newsletter 2009-07-07

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA TO GIVE A HELPING HAND IN TERENGGANU A1 Team Malaysia is embarking on a new Outreach initiative later this month, with an exciting project planned for team members and supporters. Outreach is the team's social responsibility...

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA TO GIVE A HELPING HAND IN TERENGGANU

A1 Team Malaysia is embarking on a new Outreach initiative later this month, with an exciting project planned for team members and supporters.

Outreach is the team's social responsibility programme. It aims to assist communities country-wide which are less privileged than others, helping in small, meaningful ways to change lives for the better. The beneficiaries of the upcoming project will be the Terengganu Association of the Deaf, with the Malaysian A1GP team aiming to refurbish the charity's activity centre. It will be a major undertaking for the personnel, as it will entail plenty of rebuilding, painting and decorating to transform the current facilities into an appropriate environment for children to use and enjoy.

This latest activity will take place in the outskirts of Kuala Terengganu from 24-26 July 2009. A1 Team Malaysia's Outreach initiative is linking with the Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation for the project. This charitable foundation has similar values and goals to Outreach, aiming to improve the socio-economic status and well people of Terengganu and of Malaysians generally.

A1 Team Malaysia partners and fans are all encouraged to participate in this activity, with the donation of their time to help with the physical work of the refurbishment or the supply of materials which are needed for the building project.

The team's Outreach programme was introduced in 2007 with the first initiative undertaken in early 2008 at the SJK(T) Keruh school in the north of Perak at a town called Pengkalan Hulu. The team helped to refurbish the building and showed their ability to turn their hands from building race cars to painting walls. The second project for the team was supporting a fund-raising go-kart event at Shah Alam. The team's generosity, alongside that of other local companies and organisations, raised over RM15,000 in cash and kind.

In November last year A1 Team Malaysia put down their spanners and turned off their laptops and picked up paintbrushes for the third Outreach programme. The team assisted Shelter with repairs and redecoration of one of the charities' care homes, following the team's donation of a replacement roof for the building.

Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia says of this new project, "We are impressed with the work of the Terengganu Association of the Deaf and felt that this charitable organisation would be worthy recipients of a helping hand from some very practical, strong and determined members of our motor racing team. This is probably our most ambitious activity we've planned so far and is a major undertaking, as there is so much work needed to revitalise the activity centre, but we're always focused on winning, so we'll be making sure we take the chequered flag with this project."

-credit: malaysia

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