“I welcome the committee’s initiative for allowing the staff to contribute in a simple way. Although it is not a big sum of money but I am glad I could help,” she said.Another staff Jason is one of the frequent faces during the tea break session. “I come here every time the session is organised to get my coffee and sometimes a curry puff. I feel good supporting them because with only RM5 per cup of tea, I am contributing to the special needs school. This session is also a good platform to spread awareness about the school to our employees,” he said. Elcy said she loves the tea made by Kalyani. “When we buy a drink outside, the profit goes to the seller alone but here it goes to the special needs children and the school. I am happy I can support and contribute to the cause,” she said. Another staff Naga Eshwary said she is happy to help in any way for the Taarana school. “Any small gesture for charity goes a long way. Moreover, this is also a convenient way for the staff to contribute while at work,” she said.
The monthly tea break session which began early this year at QI office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia soon became a thrice-weekly affair following good support from QI staff. All the proceed from the coffee, tea and light snacks are being channeled to the Taarana school for children with special needs. The staff brought their own mugs for their coffee or tea and were happy to do their bit to support the school, often regarded as the jewel of the company. The tea break sessions were organised by the staff social responsibility committee, headed by Kalyani Puspangathan who is determined to raise up to RM15,000 for the school by the end of the year. “Including sales of other items under the committee, we have now collected more than RM8,000. I am confident we will surpass the target,” she said. One of the staff Eng Soo Guen who has been regularly getting his coffee during the tea break said she enjoyed the rich Bru coffee.