GSK in support of children with Autism

As part of GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Orange Day initiative, employees from GSK's Consumer Healthcare and Global Manufacturing Supply (GMS) division paid a visit to the children from the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM).

The visit to NASOM Titiwangsa included interactive learning sessions with the children and the presentation of a cheque of RM14,000 to NASOM in support of their activities.

GSK employees assisted NASOM's teachers in the children's art and craft, reading and cooking classes where activities such as finger painting, collage art, storytelling and baking were conducted.

They were also treated to a special piano performance by NASOM's very own pianist, Clarence Kang, who is one of the children from the centre.

Orange Day represents an annual global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by GSK that encourages its employees to make a contribution and give back to society through engagements with the local community.

GSK supports these efforts by awarding its employees a day off company time to volunteer at a charity or community-based organisation.

"We are glad that we can put aside our job functions and come together today as an organisation to make a positive contribution towards NASOM. Our hope is to create a culture of volunteerism at GSK and to inspire employees to adopt it as their personal cause," said Rachel Ferdinando (second from right), vice president and general manager, GSK consumer healthcare.

"An event as such as this not only provides our children the opportunity to integrate into mainstream society but also gives the opportunity to the public and in this case the employees of GSK an insight to autism and its challenges," said Bistamam Siru (right), chairman of NASOM.