LAUGHTER and excitement filled the air as a group of children mingled cheerfully at a Chinese New Year celebration at Giant Hypermarket Kota Damansara by GCH Retail Malaysia.
Some 80 underprivileged children from Sunbeams Home, Rumah Ozanam and Rumah Charis were thrilled as the evening began with a lion dance performance and an appearance by the God of Prosperity.
To mark the festive occasion, the special guests tossed yee sang before enjoying the buffet spread of mouth-watering dishes.
Adding to the festive cheer, Giant made a RM20,000 contribution to the three homes along with groceries and basic necessities worth RM10,000.
The children also received goodie bags, mandarin oranges and ang pow.
The event was made livelier with games and activities organised for the children.
Giant Hypermarket Kota Damansara store manager Noh Mohd Taf said the annual festive initiative was a chance to give back to society.
“We want to bring joy and happiness to the underprivileged and hope we have delivered a memorable evening for them.
Noh added that this was Giant’s second initiative for Chinese New Year. The first was held in Ipoh, in conjunction with the opening of Giant Hypermarket Falim last month.
Accompanying the children were 15 Big Hearted Giants, the hypermarket’s volunteer brigade made up of employees, who went all out to ensure a fun and memorable evening for the little ones.
“The Big Hearted Giants initiative was established in 2015 to instil the spirit of volunteerism among employees while exposing them to groups of society they might not have experienced.
“We place emphasis on underprivileged community including children and old folk as well as contribute towards helping victims of natural disasters,” said GCH Retail Malaysia corporate affairs director Roseta Mohd Jaafar, adding that there was currently 300 Big Hearted Giants and the number was still growing.