The children from Rumah Victory and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Yesuvin Mahligai (YM) Selangor were specially invited to take part in Maybank’s Christmas do.
The event began with a “Dress Up Your Gingerbread Man” activity where the children decorated their very own gingerbread man with colourful icing.
The activity was designed to stimulate the children’s inner creativity and infuse learning elements through fun activities.
The Children and employees later swayed to Christmas carols performed by Maybank Christian Fellowship members and Maybank’s in-house band, Maystripes.
Santa Claus was also seen spreading joy to the children, gifting them with candy canes. A special balloon artist was also present to showcase his talent in balloon making.
The event was hosted by Maybank group president and chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, members of the board of directors and senior management who presented cash gifts and goodie bags to children.
Maybank group chief human capital officer Nora Manaf said, “Festivities such as Christmas serve as a reminder to all of us of the importance of giving and caring for one another.
“We are humbled but remain grateful for the opportunity to be able to spend quality time with children who are less privileged than us.
“Through these celebrations, we are helping to build greater unity and understanding among our communities, which is very much in line with our mission of humanising financial services,” she said.
The highlight of the event was the bank’s “Grant-a-Wish” initiative, in which Maybank provided a platform for the special children to request for items they wished to have this Christmas — all of which was fulfilled by Maybank employees.
One of the children, Simon, 14, from Rumah Victory, said it was his second time taking part in Maybank’s Christmas celebration.
“I received many gifts last year during Maybank’s Christmas party, and this year I asked for a basketball,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jessica, 17, from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Yesuvin Mahligai, said the celebration last year was filled with exciting activities.
“I just completed my SPM examinations and I am so excited to celebrate with my sister who is here with me today,” she said.
To close the celebration, Abdul Farid and members of the board and management distributed handmade cookies specially made by the beneficiaries of Maybank’s R.I.S.E programme, the group’s flagship economic empowerment programme that supports those from disadvantaged communities throughout the Asean region.
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