FedEx Express (FedEx) is doing their part for the local community with their latest initiative that saw one of the world’s largest express transportation companies enhancing the local kindergarten facility of Pulau Carey, Selangor which serves the underprivileged indigenous communities around the area.
An extension of its global FedEx Cares program, the initiative was done in collaboration with Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES) and the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA), gathering around 50 FedEx volunteers to lend a hand producing ecobricks to rebuild a perimeter wall of the Tabika Kemas Kampung Orang Asli Sg Rambai.
SC Chong, Managing Director of FedEx Express in Malaysia, said that the company’s commitment to sustainability reflects in its operations. “The steps we take today, will positively impact future generations. In the same way, this program not only helps the underserved local communities but also raises awareness around the use of sustainable materials.”
“As children will use the facility every day, we hope that the use of ecobricks will help educate the next generation about the importance of sustainability.”
An ecobrick-making workshop kicked-off the event awhere FedEx volunteers learned how to make ecobricks by compacting plastic waste into 500 ml PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) bottles, each weighing no less than 200g.
1,500 ecobricks was used to construct the perimeter wall, along with generic bricks, to create a safer environment for the 36 students aged between 4 to 6 years to enjoy more outdoor activities.
Leela Panikkar, Director of TrEES, commented: “Through environmental education and building of the sustainable ecobricks perimeter wall for the indigenous community, we hope to reconnect the urban community in supporting the underserved, whilst inculcating green habits to reduce our plastic footprint.”
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to FedEx and all the volunteers, as well as Pn. Dahlia Permid, Deputy Director of JAKOA Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan for the assistance and support in upgrading the kindergarten, ensuring that the children have a safe, secured space for play.”
FedEx supports this initiative under its FedEx Cares global community engagement program. Through FedEx Cares, FedEx supports non-profit organizations working to solve social challenges in local communities and is committed to positively impact 50 million people around the globe by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023.