THE declining economy is not a deterrent to Xim Phou Moon Welfare Society’s (XPM) charitable work as the non-profit organisation donated more than RM220,000 to Malaysian and foreign charity organisations and schools, in conjunction with its 28th anniversary.
Beneficiaries who received their aid during the organisation’s anniversary charity dinner included SJK(C) Khai Tee in Kuala Selangor, SJK(C) Kundang in Rawang, Sultan Azlan Shah Rehabilitation Association in Perak, Selangor Welfare and Community Development Council, Cheshire Home Selangor, Shepherd’s Centre Foundation, Insan Welfare Society of Brain Injured Child and XPM Caring Fund in Jerantut, Pahang.
Donations were also distributed to 10 senior citizens in Kajang, poor students in the Guangdong province and Yunnan in China, Wettagama Children Home in Sri Lanka, 150 poor families in Bodhgaya, India, XPM School of Hope in Nakhon and Wat Utaitharam Learning School in Thailand.
XPM also sponsored RM15,000 for The Star NIE and The Star ePaper 2016 programmes. .
Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd, meanwhile, donated a Toyota Avanza 1.5S to Rumah Amal Cheshire Selangor.
Among VIP guests who attended the anniversary dinner in Kuala Lumpur were National Unity and Integration adviser in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Heng Seai Kie, XPM legal adviser Datuk Manjit Singh and honorary advisers Datuk K.C. Oui, Datin Paduka Khatijah Sulieman, Datuk Soon Kim Hock, Datuk Ho Cheng Wang, Datuk Wan Azahari Tan Sri Yom Ahmad and Frankie Chang. Also present were Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Eng Wei Chun, director Widi Zhang, XPM founder-cum-president Datuk Tan Leong Hoo and deputy president Loo Phan Kooi.
Before the event started, the VIP guests presented ang pow to children, people with disabilities and senior citizens from charity organisations as well as schoolchildren who were invited to the dinner.
In her speech, Heng lauded XPM for being a role model to other charity organisations.
“Xim Phou Moon is able to be self-reliant and uses profits generated from its recycling activities to aid those in need.
“Through its charitable activities, XPM fosters unity across all races and promotes a caring society.”
XPM assistant treasurer Loh Lan Shing said, “Despite the poor economy, we have continued our charity efforts.
“We are proud to know that of the students we sponsored in Yunnan, one aspires to be a nurse while another wants to be a teacher.
“We are glad that the students we have helped are now choosing professions that will in turn help the community around them.”