CHILDREN smiled in delight as they shook hands and posed for photos with mascots Upin and Ipin – the twin characters from a popular local animation series.
The meet-and-greet session with Upin and Ipin, followed by a movie screening of Upin & Ipin Jeng Jeng Jeng! at TGV Cinemas, were the highlights of their visit to Jaya Shopping Centre.
The group of 52 boys and girls and their caretakers from Rumah Telaga Kasih in Kota Damansara were treated to a fun outing at the shopping mall in Petaling Jaya.
Organised in line with the “Jom Raya bersama Upin & Ipin Raya” campaign, the event was part of Jaya Shopping Centre’s corporate social responsibility initiative to reach out to the underprivileged by getting employees and tenants to spread some festive cheer.
The children, aged between three and 12, were also presented vouchers to shop for books and toys at Mr DIY, then taken for a buka puasa treat at two restaurants, namely Tossed and Chili’s.
“We are blessed to have the support of tenants who were willing to collaborate with us in making this event a success.
“This is the first time we are hosting such a visit and we hope to have similar activities in future, perhaps on a bigger scale,” said Jaya Shopping Centre advertising and promotions manager Intan Yusnita Md Yusoff.
She added that the event offered a platform for the shopping centre’s team to spend time with the underprivileged children and understand their predicament.
Intan and Jaya Shopping Centre centre director Alex Kua also presented duit raya to the children and hampers to their caretakers.
Rumah Telaga Kasih is an orphanage that houses underprivileged children who were abandoned and/or abused. Besides the branch in Kota Damansara, there are three more homes in Sungai Buloh and Selayang.
“The older children were looking forward to meeting Upin and Ipin and watching the film since they were told about the outing.
“I’m sure the younger children were similarly entertained, and that this would be an experience they would all cherish.
“We are also grateful for the help with the children’s Raya preparations,” said Kota Damansara home manager Siti Hajar Sulaiman, adding that the meals at the restaurants were a nice treat for the children.
“At home, we would break fast with some kuih, have our prayers, and continue with a meal of rice and dishes.
“The younger children who are on a half-day fast often find it difficult to cope.
“So we have to encourage them by coaxing or distracting them with playtime, or allowing them to drink water,” she said.