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April 22, 2015
Malaysia, April 22, 2015 - When Hitachi eBworx Sdn Bhd first received news from the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) stating that Project Director, Mr. Song was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)¹, many fellow colleagues were shocked and saddened. Nevertheless, Hitachi eBworx’s management office initiated a donation drive almost immediately. Colleagues, ex-colleagues, and even clients of Hitachi eBworx Malaysia, Singapore, China, Indonesia and Thailand donated generously.
A total of RM101,438 was raised within three and a half days.
The fervent response from employees and clients alike saw a grateful Mr. Hiroyuki Yagi, Managing Director/Deputy CEO of Hitachi eBworx who responded, "Thank you, I am touched to see the great team spirit demonstrated in Hitachi eBworx".
Mr Yagi presenting the sleep diagnostic and therapy homecare ventilation unit to MND Malaysia. From left: Dr. Loh Ee Chin; Mr. Yagi; Mr. Benny Ng, Chairman of MND Malaysia; Mr. Soo and Mr. Ong, officers from MND Malaysia.
The funds were used to purchase a sleep diagnostic and therapy homecare ventilation unit to aid in Mr. Song’s breathing, as his muscles weaken. One such unit costs RM69,900 and would eventually be donated to a non-profit organisation called the Motor Neuron Malaysia Society (MND Malaysia) once Mr. Song no longer has a use for it. MND Malaysia would then assign the unit to other patients.
Mr. Yagi beseeched Dr. Loh Ee Chin from UMMC to quote, "Please take good care of Mr Song"
"What Hitachi eBworx did was fantastic! Many companies do not understand or empathise when their employees experience conditions similar to Mr. Song’s. The support extended by Hitachi eBworx is beyond words", said Dr. Loh, who is Mr. Song’s attending doctor.
Mr. Song expressed his gratitude for all the contribution and support from Hitachi eBworx via email. He plans to purchase an electric wheelchair with the additional cash received.
“Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is not widely known in Malaysia. But thanks to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign on social media, more people are aware of this disease now. We hope to raise more funds to purchase more ventilation units so that more patients will benefit from this service in the future”, shared Mr. Benny Ng, Chairman of MND Malaysia.
If you would like to help or find out more about the work that MND Malaysia does, their contact details are stated below:
Persatuan Motor Neuron Malaysia
Address: Pusat Perubatan University Malaya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Mobile no: +6017-238 9686, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
¹Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Hitachi eBworx is a leading international consulting and technology solutions firm specialising in the financial services industry delivering innovative and high-performance solutions. The company's vision is to be the most trusted and recognised Global Financial IT Solution Partner.
Hitachi eBworx has a wide reputation in the market as a market leader for its Credit Management solutions of Loans Origination, Collection and Debt Recovery, Touchpoint solutions such as Internet, Mobile and Transaction Banking and Trade Finance system. Its customer base boasts some of the largest tier-1 banks in the region including the super-regional banks of Asia Pacific.
For more information on Hitachi eBworx, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi-ebworx.com.
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