BERMAZ Motor, the main distributor for Mazda vehicles, hosted its seventh Mazda Charity Golf Tournament for the Mazda Medicare Fund (MMF).
The tournament was held on Dec 1 at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf & Country Club (SAASGCC) in Shah Alam, where 150 participants took part in it (pix, top).
By the end of it, RM447,550 was raised – thanks to the support of generous golfers, donors and sponsors – and the amount will be distributed to MMF.
During the prize giving luncheon, representatives from the tournament’s various beneficiaries, which included Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital in Penang, St Joseph’s Home, House of Love, Pusat Jagaan OKU Nur and Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Terencat Akal Selangor, were invited on stage to receive cheques from Bermaz Auto Berhad executive chairman Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh.
MMF was started in 2015 and jointly managed with Prima Merdu Sdn Bhd* and in collaboration with B. Braun Avitum Renal Services.
*Prima Merdu is the sole and exclusive importer of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia.
The fund operates to provide life-saving haemodialysis treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with financial constraints.
As of today, there are 12 B. Braun dialysis centres operating nationwide and eligible patients would receive subsidised haemodialysis treatments.
Over the past five years, MMF has contributed a total of RM2.4 million, which has supported more than 176 patients throughout Malaysia.
On top of that, MMF provides humanitarian aid and medical relief to the underprivileged people in Malaysia, supported a dozen various charitable communities such as old folk’s homes, orphanages, people with disabilities and Down syndrome children, through financial aid and charity events.
Charitable communities and organisations are carefully selected and vetted by the MMF team to ensure that all donations to them are put to good use.
The MMF team consists of volunteers within the Bermaz organisation and therefore there are no additional costs involved in MMF’s operations. This will allow all donations received to go where it really matters – to the people in need.
In addition, Bermaz has also introduced the Mazda Privilege Card (MPC) in 2018, which is a tie-in programme with MMF whereby all sign-up fees will serve as funds donated by Mazda owners.
The introduction of MPC has been well-received with heart-warming support for its noble cause.
Aside from contributing to the society, owners of the MPC can also enjoy a 15% discount on Mazda genuine spare parts and official merchandise, along with a 5% discount on labour charges applicable at Mazda showrooms and aftersales service centres operated by Bermaz Motor and Prima Merdu.
Donations to MMF have since continued to increase rapidly, thanks to the benevolent contributions of social responsibility-conscious Mazda owners who continue to engage with Bermaz Motor through various charitable programmes.
“Bermaz believes that one of the good ways to contribute to society is by partnering with the community and the Mazda Medicare Fund is one of the corporate social responsibility projects to enrich the lives of those who are in need,” the company stated.
“Bermaz would like to take this opportunity to express its gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the unwavering support from our valued customers, business partners, donors and sponsors to the MMF initiative in its mission to help those in need.”