A GROUP of senior citizens and underprivileged children not only received new Hari Raya clothes in a charity event but some also got to wear them in a catwalk show.
The show was the climax of the iM4U fm Fabrik Kasih Bersama Sunway 2017 event held at the Sunway Hotel in Seberang Jaya, Penang recently.
The clothes were not ordinary ones as they were designed by student volunteers from Giatmara Malaysia and Kolej Vokasional,
The students were roped in for the initiative by event organiser iM4U fm, a youth radio station which encourages volunteerism.
There were 158 recipients, comprising 71 senior citizens from Darul Hanan Pulau Pinang, 55 children from Wisma Yatim Lelaki & Perempuan Islam Pulau Pinang and 32 children from the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Penang branch).
iM4U fm director Kartini Arrifin said the event was an initiative by iM4U fm in collaboration with the Sunway Group.
She added that the textile and accessories were sponsored by PKNS Real Estate Sdn Bhd.
“This is the third year we are organising the programme with the Sunway Group but it is the first time we are holding it in Penang.
“This initiative is a special one because we combine different sectors of society.
“We have those from the corporate side such as the Sunway Group and PKNS while our volunteers are students from Giatmara Malaysia and Kolej Vokasional.
“The students designed and created the baju Raya under the mentorship of a fashion designer,” she told reporters at the event.
Kartini said the programme provided a platform for youths to give back to the community and in the process, bridge the gap between the education sector and fashion industry.
She also said the collaboration provided an avenue for institutions to participate in building the community, provide exposure to youth volunteers and allow them to gain relevant experiences and skills while contributing to the overall development of the community, and cultivating volunteerism.
Also present at the event were Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya & Sunway Hotel Georgetown general manager K. Prakash, business development director P. Nagaswaran, Sunway Carnival Mall general manager Chow Heng Wah, Sunway Group brand marketing and communication assistant general manager Bernard Paul Netto and fashion designer Zakwan Anuar.
The event ended with the distribution of duit raya and goodie bags to all the 158 recipients by the Sunway Group.