PETALING JAYA: For years, teenager Santhini Kumar has been receiving preloved clothes that looked just like what their names suggested – hand-me-downs that had seen far better days.
The 14-year-old from the Sweet Care Selangor and Kuala Lumpur welfare home was expecting the same type of clothes from the TOP Pass It On campaign, but was pleasantly surprised when she tried on a jacket gifted by a previous owner.
“I love this jacket so much. It is like getting a brand new jacket instead of somebody’s old one because it looks, feels and smells clean like I just got it from a shop.
“Thank you to the person who shared this wonderful gift with me, and also to those who made sure it looks as good as new,” she said at the campaign’s closing ceremony yesterday.
Besides Santhini, children from other homes could barely contain their excitement as they were handed clothes to try on.
They put on the new clothes on top of the ones they were already wearing, before giving a short dance performance for the audience as a show of thanks.
The TOP Pass It On campaign kicked off on March 7 and was organised by detergent manufacturing company Southern Lion Sdn Bhd.
Mass contribution events in the Klang Valley, Terengganu, Penang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak were held for Malaysians to donate preloved clothing to those in need.
The 5,046 pieces of preloved clothing collected were then sorted and professionally laundered by Regional Laundry using TOP Micro-Clean Tech products, before being distributed to 30 community organisations nationwide.
Women, Family and Community Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, who officiated the closing ceremony, said it was the type of private-public campaign that the ministry wanted to have more of.
“I am hoping for more companies to reach out to us when they run their corporate social responsibility projects so that we can work with them to benefit the communities.
“Ramadan is around the corner. Many companies will be hosting buka puasa events for the underprivileged, and we can help direct them to registered welfare homes which are lesser known but need our help all the same,” Rohani added.