StarMetro witnessed the best of Malaysians throughout our “Do Good. Grant A Wish.” campaign for Christmas which ended on Dec 15.
As a people’s paper we decided to reach out to the underprivileged and selected three shelter homes – Destiny Starting Point, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Yesuvin Mahligai Selangor, and Rumah SVP Klang as the beneficiaries for the project.
Besides corporations, many individuals also stepped up to donate. In the end, the donations exceeded what the homes had asked for.
In one case, a retired kindergarten operator Laura Lee, 60, sewed 45 pieces of pillowcases after reading the articles related to the project.
The mother of two grown-up children, said sewing for charity was her hobby.
“I like sewing and I always buy fabrics to sew for charitable causes. After reading the article I took a week to sew the pillowcases. I hope the children will appreciate it,” said Lee, who planned to sew pyjamas for the children later.
A couple from Penang drove on a Saturday to Menara Star to donate RM1,500 worth of groceries.
They later sponsored 35 units of chairs with desk arm to one home.
The Destiny Starting Point benefited from a RM10,000 cheque, thanks to Berjaya Corporation Bhd. Founder of the shelter home Stephan Swamithasan said the biggest portion of the funds would go towards repairing their van.
“The rest of the funds will go towards paying their outstanding utility bills, daily expenses, and preparations for their home school for the next school year.
“We never expected this money and it’s really helpful to us,” said Stephan, who also thanked all donors.
Three malls under the Sunway Malls flagship – Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Putra Mall and Sunway Velocity – sponsored Christmas apparels, and treated the children to a movie and lunch.
Mah Sing Foundation came on board to help refurbish Pertubuhan Kebajikan Yesuvin Mahligai Selangor.
The Selangor government donated RM3,000 each to all three homes.
Companies such as Chuan Sin Sdn Bhd, Cactus Marketing, Yee Lee Marketing and Cranberry Group in Shah Alam donated three large boxes of home provisions from their staff and delivered them to Menara Star at the last hour of our closing time for the project.
Pertubuhan Kebajikan Yesuvin Mahligai Selangor founder M. Rajan was pleased with the help extended and thanked Star Media Group for championing such a good cause.
He hoped individuals and organisations would continue to extend help to charitable homes as their survival mostly depended on charity influenced by the economic situation.
Rumah SVP Klang president V.K. Robert was grateful to all who had donated cash, most generous being a RM7,000 cheque from a company that wished to remain anonymous.
He said some volunteered their time to clean up the home, painted the walls and repaired faulty wiring, while others spent time playing with the children and tutored them.
Children from Tenby Inter-national School Setia EcoHill in Semenyih donated RM5,100 worth of items raised through their Christmas Charity Bazaar to Pertubuhan Kebajikan YesuvinMahligai Selangor in Kajang.
Through the campaign StarMetro staff witnessed some less favourable donations such as used stationery, even used toothbrush, despite regular announcements that used items are not accepted.
Some pledges were not fulfilled.
The project also opened StarMetro colleagues’ eyes to the needs of welfare homes.
Some of them carried heavy items to our store room upon arrival at our doorstep.
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