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Published: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 10:51:35 AM

Companies join hands to give children a memorable time

Joy to the world : Santa grooving along with emcee, Melvin Aeria at the luncheon.

Joy to the world : Santa grooving along with emcee, Melvin Aeria at the luncheon.

A SPECIAL party was co-organised by Pantai and Gleneagles hospitals and Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently.

A total of 85 underprivileged children from Shelter Home Petaling Jaya and Good Samaritan Home Klang were present.

The event was initiated and led by a group of caring individuals who call themselves The Christmas Factory, helmed by DJ Don Skelchy.

The group aims to act as a local Santa, spreading joy and cheer this festive season to all children, whether naughty or nice.

The food and beverage team ensured they created a wonderful Christmas feel, complete with yuletide decorations and a specially selected menu of turkey, sushi, meatloaf, chicken pie, mini burgers, mini sausages and lasagna.

The hotel’s marketing director Low Lai Fun said the hotel staff was just as excited about hosting the party.

“When we were young, our parents used to take us to Christmas parties where we enjoyed good food, fun and games and presents. We wanted to bring the same joy to these children.” Skelchy said.

The group had earlier asked each child for their Christmas wish, which was compiled into a wish list and sent out to various organisations, corporations and individuals with a plea to ’Pick-a-Tab’ from any of the items listed.

The items desired varied widely, from remote control cars to facial wash, clothes, shoes and toys.

Xixili, a women’s undergarments brand, brought along a team of brassiere fitters to the party and contributed underwear to about 20 teenage girls.

Its marketing communications head Josephine Leong said the company has an existing programme called Green Bosoms where pre-loved brassieres are repaired and given out to homes.

“In the spirit of Christmas, however, we decided to give each girl three sets of new underwear worth between RM91 and RM149 each,” she said, adding the girls were also given personalised fittings.

Shelter Home’s general manager Cheok Hoong Poh expressed his appreciation to the organisations who had joined forces to give the children an unforgettable Christmas.

“It’s not just about getting presents during festive seasons. Most of the children here are abused, abandoned or neglected. They lack parental love and interaction with other adults who can act as role models in social settings,” he said.

He added that the party provided an opportunity for the children to experience the Christmas enjoyed by children in regular families.

He added that most of the things on the children’s wish list are common items that are usually taken for granted by children in middle-income families.

“But for them, it symbolises a caring touch. We are touched and humbled to be able to bring just that little bit of joy,” said Skelchy,

Tags / Keywords: Central Region, Community, Family & Community, Shelter Home Christmas Concorde

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