KUALA LIPIS, 16 October 2015–UMW once again ventured into the woods to reach out to the community in need at Kampung Orang Asli Pos Titom, Pahang. The outreach programme aimed to provide medical support to the orang asli community and educate orang asli children on the importance of hygiene.
The outreach programme was the second collaboration between UMW Corporation Sdn. Bhd. and Four Wheelers for Charity (4W4C) in an attempt to expand its community programmes to reach areas with limited access due to geographical locations. Two other organisations, Pusrawi International Collage of Medical Sciences (PICOMS) and Cooking for Homeless also participated in the programme.
The team of 12-vehicle convoy ferrying the volunteers had to travel for more than 3 hours off-road in order to reach the base camp. During the first part of the programme, UMW’s Community Champions (volunteers) and other volunteers had to hike for half an hour to reach the orang asli village. The volunteers then made door-to-door visits to provide basic medical support and check-ups to those in need, giving more focus on children and the elderly.
The mobile clinic continued its services at night as they set up a booth in the community’s school with the intention to reach out to as many residents as possible. The volunteers also held a ‘kenduri’ and organised ‘wayang pacak’ to attract the residents to the venue.
Four Wheelers for Charity (4W4C) is a neutral and independent non-governmental organisation whose humanitarian missions exclusively use 4-wheel-drive vehicles to reach out to far-flung places to help the community.
This programme is part of UMW’s continuous effort to support the community which is one of its three pillars; community, education and environment.