Laughter, smiles, cheers and togetherness were among the emotions felt by some 100 children from three welfare homes invited as guests at the annual Maybank Group Staff Raya Celebration 2016 at Laman Menara Maybank recently.
The kampung-themed celebration was energetic, colourful and filled with fun for everyone who attended it.
Children aged between four and 12 were from Rumah Titian Kaseh, PERNIM and Rumah Nur Hati were specially invited to join the staff Hari Raya celebration.
Dressed in colourful traditional attire, the children and staff enjoyed having local delicacies from every state of Malaysia as well as an array of local fruits, roast lamb and sizzling satay.
They were also delighted to receive gifts and duit raya from Maybank chairman Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor and Maybank group president and chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Farid Alias.
Board members and the senior management also relived their nostalgic kampung moments when they played traditional games such as timbang sepak raga and ceper, and weaved ketupat.
The highlight of the celebration was joget lambak where everyone danced enthusiastically to the beat of the traditional Malay tune.
Maybank group chief human capital officer Nora Abd Manaf said, “This is what the Hari Raya celebration is all about for the group, it is a time that we come together to celebrate the joys of the festive season and be thankful for how far we have come as the ‘tiger’ family.”
Days before the staff event, Maybank had paved the way for its Raya celebrations by inviting about 100 children from four homes at the recent Maybank Group Corporate Raya Celebration 2016.
The children, aged between eight and 16 years, were from Asrama Darul Falah (ASDAF), poor primary schoolchildren under Yayasan Pelajaran Mara (YPM) zakat initiative, Pertubuhan Kebajikan & Pendidikan Nur Kasih Selangor and Rumah Titian Kaseh to celebrate the joyous occasion with Maybank’s corporate clients.
“One of the essences of Hari Raya lies in making individuals feel like they belong to a big family which nurtures them with open arms filled with love on this special occasion. This was what we wanted to achieve with the presence of the children, allowing them the chance to experience a heart-warming and comfortable Hari Raya, the Maybank way,” said Nora.