Leading healthcare company, MSD in the Philippines, was recognized as the Corporate Volunteer Group of the Year by the Kythe Foundation during their Virtual Araw ng Parangal in Pasasalamat.
The event recognizes and celebrates exemplary volunteers, affiliates, partners, parent leaders and staff members who continue to support the Kythe Foundation and its mission to improve the quality of life for hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic diseases. The event also marks the 30th anniversary of the Kythe Foundation.
“It’s a day for us to appreciate and honor the dedicated efforts of our volunteers. It’s a day to show how they make a difference,” says Dra. Angie Sievert-Fernandez, Executive Director of the Kythe Foundation, during her keynote address. “Volunteers may come of different ages, with different skills and backgrounds, but what they all have in common is a generous heart and an attitude of service.”
Andreas Riedel, President and CEO, received this award on behalf of MSD in the Philippines. “I would like to commend the Kythe Foundation for 30 years of strong community support for children with cancer throughout the Philippines,” Riedel said during his award acceptance speech. “At MSD in the Philippines, we are humbled and humbled to receive the Corporate Volunteer Group of the Year award for our employee volunteerism in conjunction with Kythe, to help address the fears of children going through cancer, especially during this pandemic. ”
“This recognition inspires us to continue our goal of saving and improving lives and bringing hope to Filipino cancer patients along their journey,” added Riedel.
MSD gives back
MSD employees in the Philippines and around the world are passionate about giving back to their respective communities. “Giving back to our communities is at the heart of MSD’s corporate culture,” shares Michael Blanch, Director of Market Access and Corporate Affairs, MSD in the Philippines. “Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our employees’ passion, collaboration and commitment to the communities we serve have never wavered, allowing us to continue our tradition of service for more than 25 years. .”
At MSD, employees are empowered to give back and help build healthier communities by engaging in activities where they can share their skills, time and resources for the benefit of others. Each year, MSD employees can volunteer their time and talent to help improve the health and well-being of communities through notable programs such as MSD Gives Back, MSD for Mothers, and the MSD Health Fellowship worldwide, to name just a few volunteer activities. .
To foster a culture of giving back, MSD employees can take 40 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer with eligible nonprofit organizations and donate their job skills through short-term virtual projects in through a skills-based volunteer program.
Giving back amid the pandemic
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, MSD employees in the Philippines supported the Kythe Foundation through “5X5: MSD Gives Back,” featuring five different activities launched over a five-month period focused on reaching patients pediatric cancer patients across the country.
From July to November 2021, “5X5: MSD Gives Back” offered different skill-based volunteering opportunities to MSD employees in the Philippines, as well as the opportunity to sponsor and host Celebrate Life e-Parties for Kythe children. from various health care centers. in support of Kythe’s child life program. Skill-based volunteer opportunities included virtual storytelling, arts and crafts, science experiments, and mindfulness and yoga sessions with the Kythe children.
“Thank you to our donors, our volunteers. We thank you for all you do. Kythe won’t be able to serve so many children, impact so many families, or grow the seeds of change without you. You help Kythe to live his mission,” adds Sievert-Fernandez.
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