Bandar Sunway – The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (“the Foundation”) has donated a van to the Sisters of the Infant Jesus Convent (“IJC”), a retirement home located in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. The donation which will go a long way to helping the Sisters and their caregivers, is in line with the Foundation’s commitment to giving back to society, and expresses their gratitude to the Sisters for having dedicated their lives to educating the minds of Malaysian youth, a mission shared by the Foundation.
The Sisters of the Infant Jesus have a rich history, heralding from France in the 17th Century and coming to Malaysia in 1852 on the invitation of the local church. At a time when many girls were not given an education, the Infant Jesus Convent Schools spread over the west coast of West Malaysia and saw to the education of thousands of young girls. They have also played a significant role in caring for the less privileged, including neglected children in their convent orphanages.
“The Infant Jesus Sisters are a true testament to the motto adopted by convents around the world; ‘Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty’. They have played a crucial part in enriching and improving the lives of Malaysia’s youth through education, imparting important values and contributing to our country’s pool of talent who now drive the growth of our nation,” says Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Ramon Navaratnam, Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.
Last year, the IJC Cheras was refurbished to cater to the needs of its residents who number more than 30 Sisters in their 70s, 80s and even 90s who often require the use of wheel chairs and walking aids. This year, the IJC Cheras found that they were in need of a vehicle to help transport the Sisters and their caregivers to hospitals to receive their treatments and reached out to the Foundation who generously donated a van for their use.
“When we came to hear of the predicament that the members of IJC Cheras was facing, we knew we could offer some assistance. This donation, through the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, is an act of gratitude towards the Sisters, to thank them for the dedication and commitment they have made towards educating and enriching the lives of our youths. They have truly made a difference to society at large as well as to the many individual lives they have touched,” adds Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.
With a commitment to giving back to society, it is apt that the Foundation expresses their thanks to this group of Sisters who share their mission of providing quality education to deserving students present and future. The Foundation recognises and acknowledges the sacrifices that the Sisters have made for their students as they have dedicated their lives to the invaluable field of education.