Sarawak Energy champions gender equality with ‘Spin a Wheel for a Cause’

Sharbini (front row, 8th left) in a group photo with SELWN Executive Committee membes, marking the closing of the 2024 International Women’s Day “Spin a Wheel for a Cause” campaign.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 12: In the spirit of women empowerment and community support, Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sarawak Energy) recently celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024 with an innovative ‘Spin a Wheel for a Cause’ initiative from March 8 to 10.

Hosted at Spin with Kai located in Brighton Square, this charity event marks its inaugural in-person event since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2019, according to a press release.


Organised by the Sarawak Energy Leading Women Network (SELWN), in partnership with Hope Place, ‘Spin a Wheel for a Cause’ reflects the spirit of this year’s theme while making a meaningful impact on the community.

The initiative drew an enthusiastic turnout of 150 participants who took part in five spinning class sessions to raise funds for 55 families in need, with a focus on single mothers and women among 300 disadvantaged families in Kuching and its surrounding areas.

This year’s IWD theme, ‘Inspire Inclusion’ aligns with Sarawak Energy’s commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as women empowerment in building a progressive organisation.

Following the spin classes, the IWD 2024 celebration concluded with a celebratory lunch at Raia Hotel & Convention Centre, joined by Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili.

He underscored the importance of the day’s events and the ongoing commitment of Sarawak Energy to fostering an inclusive environment that values and promotes gender equality in his address.

Drawing on the themes of empowerment, resilience, and collective efforts, he emphasised the organisation’s initiatives and the strides made towards creating a more equitable workplace and society.

Sharbini also took the opportunity to thank SELWN, Hope Place and all collaborators and attendees for their dedication and contributions to the success of the IWD 2024.

He highlighted SELWN’s vital role in driving women’s empowerment through targeted development programmes, networking opportunities, and mentorship. These initiatives are crucial for enabling women to fully realise their potential, demonstrating SELWN’s substantial influence in promoting an inclusive and equitable culture within Sarawak Energy.

Sarawak Energy Corporate Services Senior Vice President, Siti Aisah Adenan, who is also the Executive Champion of SELWN, reaffirmed the organisation’s dedication to inspiring inclusion and extending support to those in need. Sarawak Energy continues to prioritise diversity, equity, and inclusiveness—creating a workplace where all individuals can thrive.

The event also featured the presence of Datin Norasmah Kassim; Group Chief Operating Officer James Ung; and Kho Chai Huat, Vice President for Group Internal Audit, alongside SELWN’s Executive Committee Leads along with collaborative partners such as Anna Eyecare Optometry, FED, Migratesafe, Spin with Kai, reelfx studio, Secret Recipe Sarawak, Omok Co. and Kelvin Bong Photography—all of whom played a crucial role in the event’s success.

Sarawak Energy’s International Women’s Day 2024 celebration serves as a powerful demonstration of community strength and underscores the critical need to cultivate an atmosphere where each person is empowered to contribute towards creating a world that is more inclusive and equitable for all. — DayakDaily