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15 Feb 2011

Reaching Out to Youth

Montfort Boys Town Launches Hospitality Department With Hong Leong Foundation as main sponsor

Montfort Boys Town, the reputable welfare and vocational skills training centre, launched its Hospitality Course, in conjunction with the newly established Hospitality Department on 15 October 2010. Hong Leong Foundation, a consistent sponsor and supporter of the Montfort Boys Town, was the proud main sponsor for this initiative. 25 new students were enrolled for this course in July 2010 and are expected to complete their course in two years’ time.

The Hospitality Department was converted from the centre’s former Carpentry Workshop and Hong Leong Foundation contributed a total sum of more than RM700,000.00 for the construction and furnishing of the new dormitory as well as the furnishing and purchase of equipment for the Hospitality Department.

Montfort Boys Town was founded in 1959 by the Brothers of St. Gabriel for the care and development of underprivileged youth in our country, aged between 16 to 18 years old. The main objective was to provide skill development and character formation to prepare them to become part of the nation’s workforce and responsible citizens of the country. Since its formation, Montfort Boys Town has been giving hope and guidance to underprivileged boys and girls who are orphans, from single parent family, poor family background and minority group. With the addition of Hospitality Course, Montfort now offers 9 skills to choose from - Motor Mechanics, Printing, Welding, Machining, Electrical, Computer Maintenance, Graphic Design & Multimedia, and Bakery & Pastry. The courses conducted are based on the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) – (Malaysian Skill Certificate) which is accredited to the Malaysian Council of Vocational Training.

Hong Leong Foundation’s contribution is a testimony of the Group’s commitment to help improve the welfare of the community and provide education opportunities to the underprivileged. With Social Responsibility being one of the Group’s core values, the Group, through Hong Leong Foundation, continues to seek opportunities to serve the community in which it operates. By supporting the Montfort Boys Town’s noble efforts in providing education opportunities to the underprivileged, and their continuous efforts to ensure their courses are relevant to market needs, Hong Leong Foundation is proud to be their partner in building the nation’s future. Indeed, the Group is putting into action its commitment to reach out – and this time, we are reaching out to the youth.

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