DECEMBER is a month for giving and Sunway Putra Hotel wanted to give something special to everyday heroes.
A total of eight shortlisted people were given VIP treatment by the hotel staff as a gesture of gratitude for those who went out of their way to help others.
The campaign titled “Time to Give” encouraged the public to nominate a person and describe why they deserved to be treated like a VIP at the hotel.
Its sales and marketing cluster director T.S. Cheah said they wanted to honour selfless people.
“A mother caring for her family, a sister encouraging a sibling, a child wanting to surprise a self-sacrificing parent, the volunteer who cares so much about society.
“These are the unsung heroes of everyday life who take it upon themselves to improve the lives of others,” he said.
Among the VIPs was retired government dentist Dr B.C. Seth, who was nominated by his daughter Kiran Seth for his giving nature of donating to and sponsoring the less privileged in many ways.
Kiran said her father had always helped the less privileged in cash and kind.
“When he hears of anyone who needs assistance, he steps in without a thought.
“The hotel has done an excellent job in giving exceptional treatment to my dad and the rest of those who were selected for this experience.
“It is nice for a person who is always giving to get something in return,” she said.
Dr Seth was humbled at being chosen and said helping one another was something that everyone should do.
“I have never expected anything in return for what I do.
“It is only right for those who are blessed to give to others who are not as privileged.
“Now that I am getting older, I need someone to drive me around but I still continue to do charity but sometimes, not personally,” he said.
Dr Seth, a vegetarian, said he often treated children from orphanages to vegetarian meals.
“Time to time, I give them a treat like pizza, so they can have something different from what is always served at the homes,” he said.
Dr Seth refused to reveal the amount that he had spent on charitable causes, saying that it should not be measured. “It’s the act of giving what you can that matters,” he said.
On that day, Dr Seth, seven other selected nominees and their families were picked up by butlers from their homes and taken to the hotel.
Later, they were treated to a specially prepared five-course dinner comprising an appetiser of trio of marinated salmon, butterfish and unagi teriyaki, followed by creamy mushroom soup with portobello dumplings.
The main dish was a combination of pan-seared codfish and chicken and to end, a decadent chocolate dessert.
The concierge team had also selected gifts for the eight special guests.
The youngest recipient was nine-year old Zoe Tan, who was nominated by her aunt Kuen Tan, for being a pillar of support for her 17-year-old sister, Ashley, who has been confined to a wheelchair following a brain injury, three years ago.
“I am very happy that my two wonderful nieces – Ashley and Zoe – got this opportunity to have an awesome break with their parents and grandparents,” said Kuen Tan.