SEVEN Leo Clubs in the Klang Valley banded together to spread Christmas cheer to underprivileged children at Citta Mall, Petaling Jaya.
The secondary school students made the event even more meaningful by adding a climate change message.
They decorated an old Christmas tree with ornaments made of used plastic bags to remind everyone about the need to reduce the use of plastic bags this festive season.
The group of 30 school volunteers collaborated with Citta Mall to organise a fun-filled day at the mall in Ara Damansara for 26 children from Klang’s Waja Home.
The children were treated to a movie by MBO Cinemas before enjoying lunch provided by Ying Ker Lou, Para Thai and PappaRich.
They also made Christmas handicrafts and played at Blokke Cafe, then concluded the day’s activities by picking up goodies courtesy of McDonald’s and the Leo Clubs.
As an additional treat, each child took home a Polaroid shot as a memento.
Organising chairman Gregory Soo of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 3 Leo Club, said the members of the participating Leo Clubs wanted to do something different to celebrate the Yuletide season.
“We want to let the light shine on underprivileged children, at least for a day, so that they will have a memorable Christmas,” he said.
“This is the second time we are organising this event due to its success last year.
“I think it is a great opportunity for our members to interact with underprivileged communities, because they are a reminder of the various privileges that we take for granted,” said Gregory.
The Leo Clubs were from SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 3, La Salle Klang, Assunta Petaling Jaya, SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara, Sri Kuala Lumpur, Subang Utama and Seafield Subang Jaya.
The children were accompanied by four employees, including caretaker Grace Luke, who took over from her late grandfather, a pastor, to run the home.
Grace continues to carry on her family’s 11-year legacy and has quit her full-time job as an accountant to devote herself to the needs of the 30 children, aged five to 18 years.
All of the children are either orphans or abandoned by their parents.
Grace is assisted by her parents Devan and Mary, husband Daniel, brother David, and two volunteers.
She is also looking for helpers to provide tuition classes for the children.