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by stephanie lee
Back-to-School cheer: Syed Anuar (third from right) and other staff helping the children select their school uniforms during the shopping spree in Kota Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: Fourteen-year-old Felderah Makinsol was beaming with joy after a Back-to-School shopping spree yesterday.
It was one of those times when she could smile, as for the past two years, she had never bought anything new for herself.
The teenager from Papar had the time of her life as she picked school uniforms and shoes to prepare for the new school term together with her friends from the Kota Kinabalu Children’s Home.
“I am really happy today because it has been some time since I shopped for new clothes and shoes,” she said during a Back-to-School shopping spree organised by AmBank Group.
Another resident, Annie B, 17, said she was glad to be in the orphanage as her stepfather used to beat her.
“It was a nightmare back home and I am glad that I was rescued and sent here,” she said.
Felderah and Annie were among the 30 children at the event, which was part of AmBank Group’s corporate social responsibility activities.
AmBank Group senior general manager Syed Anuar Syed Ali said the company spent about RM2mil in Sabah annually to help the hardcore poor, orphans and elderly.
He said it was heartbreaking to see so many unfortunate people, and was glad to be part of an event that helped to ease their burden.
“We tend to take things for granted but for the unfortunate, today for instance, these children – they couldn’t be happier,” he said.
AmBank Group also organised a luncheon for the children at the Ming Garden Hotel, and later presented the Kota Kinabalu Children’s Home with a RM5,000 cheque.
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