IPOH Parade Shopping Mall’s Grant A Wish campaign came to a close with a special treat and the distribution of presents to over 150 children from seven welfare homes on New Year’s Eve.
Held for the seventh year running, the day started out with a trip to the GSC Cinemas at the mall where they watched The Secret Life of Pets.
While enjoying their packed lunch of rice, muffins, cheesecake and cupcakes, there was Mr Potato the Clown to entertain the children with his magic tricks and balloon twisting.
Then, it was time for each of the children from The Salvation Army Ipoh Children’s Home, Salvation Army Ipoh Boys Home, Precious Gift Home, Vision Home, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru, Good Shepherd Family Home, and Pertubuhan Pengurusan Pusat Jagaan 1Malaysia to receive their presents.
Prior to this, each child’s choice of present had been put up on a special board near the stage of the shopping mall to enable Good Samaritans and shoppers to grant their wishes.
In his speech, Ipoh Parade Centre Manager Chan Yu Yin said by continuing on with the tradition of giving through the Grant A Wish campaign, the mall’s management hopes to increase public awareness of the struggles the homes face.
“Although Christmas is the season of giving, we would like to remind everyone that the spirit of giving knows no seasons, especially during a slow economy.
“This year has been pretty rough for a lot of people and we are incredibly blessed and thankful that this hasn’t stopped people from donating gifts throughout the entire duration of the campaign.
“It is at times like these that we are humbled by and reminded of the goodness that resides in many, and how together we can make this place a better one for the entire community,” he said.
The campaign, he added, would not have been possible without the support of shoppers and generous sponsors, which included GSC Cinemas, The Chicken Rice Shop, Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake, Kenny Rogers, Born & Bread, My Home One, Mattress Citi and IP Event.
Prior to the campaign’s finale on Saturday, Ipoh Parade had on Nov 29 given RM10,000 each to the Bethany Home and Perak Palliative Care Society as part of the larger ARA Asset Management Limited (ARA) CARES (Comprehensive Assistance & Responsible Engagement Services) initiative with funding support from the Tan Sri Tan Foundation.