On 14 June 2018, Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai arrived in Barcelona, Spain to receive The Grand Cross of Humanitarian Merit award by the Spanish Institution of Humanitarian Merit.
On the evening of the awards ceremony, aristocrats from all over Europe, distinguished individuals from different fields, UN ambassadors, top global companies and political leaders joined together to witness and celebrate the recipient of the 2018 Grand Cross of Humanitarian Merit Award.
The Spanish Grand Cross of Humanitarian Merit Award is an international award to recognise contributions towards the promotion of world peace, humanity, equality, and outstanding contributions in fields such as public policy, education, and charity. The award ceremony is held once a year, and the recipient could be from any country.
Past recipients of this honor include ministers or ambassadors from various countries, religious leaders, world-renowned doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, and more.
The Spanish Institution of Humanitarian Merit believes in humanitarianism: that any disagreement between people can be solved through the lens of humanitarianism.
Over the years, the Institution has devoted itself to the development of public welfare, calling attention to social issues. In particular, the organization has always been concerned about the problems of impoverished children. It has long been a voice for children’s rights and strives to improve their welfare.
“The Spanish Institution of Humanitarian Merit is working towards the same goal as Monspace and I am. Over the years, Monspace has been heavily involved in charitable work, especially when it comes to education and healthcare,” said Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai, founder and CEO of Monspace.
Past winners of the Grand Cross of Humanitarian Merit Award were all active in doing charitable work, promoting humanitarianism, and caring about social issues. The institution also recognises the nomination of any person, of any nationality, as long as they are contributing to the society.
Honorary members of the Spanish Institution of Humanitarian Merit include several world-renowned humanitarian advocates, members of the United Nations, educators and religious families. This includes winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Dalai Lama, Santiago Pastor Francesco Marchisano, WHO Consultant Sr. Don Angel Lui, contemporary artist Van Gerwen and more.
“The Dalai Lama is my most revered contemporary religious leader. He peacefully resolved the Tibet issue, and offered Tibet an opportunity for freedom and democracy. Receiving the same medal as the Dalai Lama is a supreme honor,” said Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai.
Since its founding in 2014, Monspace has been focusing not just on its businesses, but also in social issues. They have participated in numerous international charity events too, showing their care for the underserved in our society.
In the past four years, Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai led the Monspace team to contribute to local and international communities. They funded a new hall for a school in Lukut, donates every year to the YAYSH foundation for orphans, donated ambulances to St. John Ambulance Malaysia, set up hundreds of schools in rural China, and always ready to help in international crises, such as the rescue team effort after the TianJin explosion.
In just 4 years, the charitable efforts of Monspace have extended to many countries. As the face of Monspace, Lai also frequently attends local and international charity events, and even personally visits those affected by poverty to understand how to help them.
Lai was also awarded the Victoria Commemorative Medal by the Euroean Business Assembly (EBA) in recognition of her humanitarian efforts.
In the past 4 months, Lai planned a month-long “Jessy Lai Charity Honeymoon Trip”. Working with UNICEF, she visited poverty-stricken areas in Sabah, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam to promote the SJC 1000 Days Early Childhood Development Programme.
“I care a lot about children’s issues, especially those who need special attention. I hope to improve their lives through aid and education, so they can grow up in a healthy environment.”
“No matter what their backgrounds may be, every child deserves a fighting chance to develop themselves. So that they can have control over their own fate in future. That’s the main reason why I am so active in children-related charity work,” said Lai.
When asked about corporate social responsibility, Lai said: “I believe businesses have a duty to give back to society. And that belief has gotten me a lot of praise, and even the Grand Cross of Humanitarian Merit Award.”
“This shows that Monspace’s effort in charity is internationally recognised. I hereby promise on behalf of Monspace that we will continue to fulfil our duty to society. We will leverage our influence and resources to make the world a better place.”