SUNWAY PUTRA HOTEL, in conjunction with the Diwali festival this year, celebrated about 80 underprivileged children and single mothers through its annual Time to Give corporate social responsibility initiative.
The children and single mothers that were feted at the hotel, were mostly abused, orphaned and/or underprivileged from three different homes in the Klang Valley, namely Rumah SVP Klang, Rumah Ozanam Klang and Pusat Jagaan Kanak-Kanak Lagenda. This initiative was brought to our attention by two benefactors – the Simple Souls which was founded by Sashi Kumar Nair, his wife Sumita Yashvant Kumar and assisted by his childhood friend Mr. Shanmugayogan Shanmuganthan, and Charity Food Basket Society Klang which was founded by Mr. Chew Song Kong. Their initial idea was to treat these unfortunate children to a good meal at a 5-star hotel.
However, in the spirit of good triumphing evil and light over dark that represents the purpose of the Festival of Lights, Sunway Putra Hotel collaborated with Sunway Putra Mall which is adjacent to the hotel, to develop a program that is more than just an open house concept for the children.
Sunway Putra Mall had graciously sponsored RM 10 vouchers for each child to be spent at the TCBY Frozen Yogurt & Mrs Field’s Cookies outlet located on the Lower Ground at the mall. This activity was intended to give the children an experience in shopping for themselves and at the same time the pleasure of enjoying ice-cream and cookies. Next the children, spent about an hour playing at the Playland, Parenthood located on Level 2, Sunway Putra Mall. Parenthood sponsored 80 Limitless Play vouchers that introduced these children to edutainment and fun-filled time in their indoor playground.
Next, the excited children were then ushered to the Sunway Putra Hotel where they were treated to a Hi-Tea fit for a king with popular Indian dishes such as Lamb Kofta with Masala, Biryani Rice, Chicken Kurma and Vegetable Dhall Curry.
Speaking at the event, Sunway Putra Hotel Director of Finance, Mr. Sivamayam Gunaratnam on behalf of General Manager Sunway Putra Hotel, Mr. Christopher Bong said, “Sunway Putra Hotel has always been committed to foster harmony in our society and empower the lives of our future generation. Therefore, it is our privilege to live these values through our initiative today.”
“Having said that, we are also proud to announce that this would be our biggest corporate social responsibility initiative to-date, after having wrapped up our refurbishment and renovation exercise that lasted almost three (3) years in December 2015,” he continued.
Time to Give Sunway Putra Hotel, launched in December 2015, is a CSR program that reaches out to the underprivileged and less fortunate during festive seasons throughout the year. The campaign also encourages employees of the hotel to participate and volunteer their time and capabilities to help these unfortunate members of the society.
Other highlights at the event, was the presentation of 120 hampers to the underprivileged children and single mothers as well as “duit raya” which were solely arranged by Simple Souls and Charity Food Basket Society Klang.
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