VOLUNTEERS from the Ambank Group repainted the Anbe Sivam Welfare Home in Klang during a spring cleaning programme organised by its Sport Club recently.
Some 150 employees of the bank and their family members participated in the effort.
The impressive number of people who turned up to help caught Ambank Group corporate communications and marketing head Syed Anuar Syed Ali by surprise.
“I am overwhelmed by the turnout for the programme and they have physically transformed this home.
“They helped to clean up the home, its compound and gave it a new coat of paint,” he said during his speech at a mini-carnival held at the Anbe Sivam home by the club.
He also acknowledged Colourland (Paints) Marketing Sdn Bhd for supplying the paints at a discounted price.
Syed Anuar said the carnival was held a week after the spring cleaning as part of the club’s charity programme in conjunction with Deepavali.
During the first visit, he said, the staff also had the opportunity to get to know the home’s volunteers and 50 residents.
“Some of the residents also participated in the cleaning programme,” he said, adding that it served as a valuable learning experience for them.
Syed Anuar said the overwhelming response from his staff also revealed that Malaysians were kind-hearted people who cared for those in need.
He also commended the home’s coordinator, K. Muthurajah, and his wife for their commitment towards helping the less fortunate children and adults.
He said they had done a great deal to manage the home, which also had mentally and physically challenged residents.
“The home also housed single mothers and children, including school-going ones,’’ he said, adding that Muthurajah also channelled part of the funds from his transport business towards the home.
Muthurajah said he required RM12,000 to cover monthly expenses.
He said the home relied on the contributions from well-wishers and organisations.
“We do not solicit for funds from the public but receive support through word of mouth from those who know about us,” he said.
The residents and volunteers were also given new clothing, money packets and goodies by the club during the carnival.
Face painting and henna drawing activities as well as a clown show added excitement to the carnival.