Mall giving back to society

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 05 Dec 2019

Staff members sprucing up a classroom at SK Padang Tembak in Penang during the CapitaLand Volunteer Day. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

THE third CapitaLand Volunteer Day brought smiles to over 350 pupils in Penang, Pahang, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Over 140 staff volunteers spent the day refurbishing classrooms in four schools including repairing floors and walls.

They hailed from CapitaLand and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall REIT Management Sdn Bhd (CMRM), the managing body of CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.

They also presented students with school necessities worth over RM250,000 as part of the company’s annual My Schoolbag corporate social responsibility programme, funded by philanthropic arm CapitaLand Hope Foundation.

In Penang, the beneficiary was SK Padang Tembak in Ayer Itam. Besides having classrooms spruced up, the school was also given new sports equipment.

The volunteers also played games with the children and treated them to a hearty lunch.

Pupils of SK Padang Tembak are all smiles after receiving school necessities from CapitaLand.Pupils of SK Padang Tembak are all smiles after receiving school necessities from CapitaLand.

CMRM chief executive officer Low Peck Chen said the My Schoolbag programme had touched the lives of over 4,800 needy children since 2011, with a total donation of over RM1mil.

“I thank staff volunteers for embodying our credo of building communities.”

CMRM general manager for retail management Fern Tan added: “Our shopping malls are integral parts of the communities they serve and we’re glad to give back.”

SK Padang Tembak principal Hamidah Hamzah said the aid would help ease the financial strain of low-income families.

“We also feel blessed to have volunteers making our facilities better. I believe this will inspire our students to study harder and fulfil their potential, ” she said in her speech.

Also present were Northeast District Education Office sports supervisor Fadzil Mohd Noor, CapitaLand Retail Malaysia general manager of mall management (northern region) Selina Ng, Gurney Plaza centre manager Peter Chan and Queensbay Mall assistant centre manager Lee Sue Ling.

The other schools to benefit from CapitaLand Volunteer Day this year were SK Balok in Kuantan, Pahang; SK Abdul Samat in Kapar, Selangor; and SK La Salle Jinjang 2 in Kuala Lumpur.

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