PHARMACY, health and beauty retailer Guardian Malaysia held an exclusive Hari Raya celebration for 100 children from three orphanages in the Klang Valley.
The delightful evening of fun, festivity and food saw the children all smiles, while various activities in the progamme helped them revisit some age-old Hari Raya traditions.
The children from Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Perlindungan Nur Qaseh Malaysia, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-anak Yatim Al-Nasuha, and Pusat Jagaan Baitus Sakinah Wal Mahabbah enjoyed a festive fare of sayur lodeh, rendang, serunding, lemang, ketupat, and traditional desserts including dodol and wajik.
The evening was further accentuated with festive entertainment and antics by celebrities including singer and actor Sean Ghazi, host Nazrudin Rahman, actor and singer Aiman Hakim Ridza, former radio announcers JD and Dilly, as well as former 3R TV hosts – scriptwriter Rafidah Abdullah and iM4U FM director Kartini Kamalul Ariffin.
Guardian Health and Beaty Sdn Bhd marketing director Christina Low said, “For many Malaysians, when it comes to the festive season, the first thing that comes to mind is balik kampung!
“Apart from spending time with our elders, they also get to observe traditional practices, many of which are special to each kampung.
“When you spend festive seasons here in the city too often, it is very easy to forget these traditions.”
Guardian Malaysia presented each home with RM10,000 in Guardian vouchers, which can be used to redeem essential items such as toiletries, personal care and hygiene products, pharmaceutical items as well as medical aid for the children.
As part of the programme, the children were also treated to learning the traditional art of weaving ketupat.
Many enjoyed having their caricature drawn by an artist, took wefies at the event photo wall, as well as redeemed free movie tickets sponsored by MCT Berhad.
Guests were also invited to dedicate Raya wishes to the children.