Hong Leong Champs: 67
Total Contribution: MYR 50,282
Total Beneficiaries: 15 Charitable Organisations
The Hong Leong Group in collaboration with Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (“TNRM”), an NGO dedicated to managing the population of strays in a humane manner), organised the CrossFit Challenge held on 5th December 2015 at Citta Mall in Ara Damansara. The Challenge combined the elements of fun, fitness and wellbeing with charity.
During the Challenge, each participating operating company represented a charity home of its choice. The top three winning teams were awarded a token of appreciation, while the team’s chosen charity received a cash reward. 16 teams took part in the Challenge which includes squats, wall balls and yoga stretches.
The main objectives of the Challenge were to raise funds and reach out to help charity homes in need, as well as support TNRM to manage the stray animal population in Malaysia humanely, efficiently and effectively.
Ultimately, the challenge saw the “Speed of Light” team from HLBB emerging champion and its chosen charity, Furry Friends Farm, receiving RM3,000. The team from Guocoland (Malaysia) Bhd, came in a close second, and managed to get RM2,000 for its charity of choice, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Ephratha Rawang, Selangor. The second runner up was Hong Leong Islamic Bank, with RM1,000 going to Kasih Pertiwi.
Each charitable organisation represented by the first, second and third placing winners received an additional RM6,000 from the Foundation. Hong Leong Group contributed RM14,337 to TNRM to organise and manage this event and part of the money was channelled to support TNRM initiatives.
The funds raised from the Crossfit Challenge event goes a long way to manage the stray animal population in Malaysia. Based on statistics, a pair of unneutered stray dogs and their offspring can reproduce up to 67,000 dogs in just six years. That number is 84,000 for cats. Indirectly, our contribution would have saved and prevented at least 603,000 unwanted stray dogs and 1,260,000 stray cats from being born in the next six years!
On average, it costs about RM135 per dog and RM80 per cat for neutering or spaying. With the funds raised, TNRM will be able to neuter and spay about 18 dogs and 31 cats.