Clean start to the new year

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2020

Azliza (standing, right) and Tesco new channels director Corine Boudville (standing, second from right) giving out goodie bags to the senior citizens of the Persatuan Kebajikan dan Sosial Kim Loo Ting. — ONG SOON HIN/The Star

IT WAS an auspicious start to the Year of the Rat for some 30 senior citizens at Persatuan Kebajikan dan Sosial Kim Loo Ting in Kuala Lumpur who received a visit from employees of Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd.

The day kicked off with Tesco Malaysia employees easing the elderly residents’ burden by helping to clean their two homes located near the Kim Loo Ting temple in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.

This was followed by lunch which included tossing of yee sang before the senior citizens received goodie bags at the Kim Loo Ting temple activity centre.

The visit also allowed Tesco employees to spend quality time with the residents and share the festive joy while restocking the home’s pantry with grocery supplies.

Chief reverend Kai Guo, who oversees the temple and its charity operations, that include the old folk’s home and orphanage, said many of the seniors were abandoned by their families or sent to the home due to financial constraints.

“We are thankful to the Tesco team for bringing happiness to the residents. We depend on public donations and funds donated by the temple’s devotees but unfortunately, this has dropped drastically.

“We hope that everyone can come together and help, ” he said, adding that their monthly expenses were around RM35,000.

The visit was part of Tesco Malay-sia’s 2020 Chinese New Year community outreach, which saw about 120 employees spring-cleaning and distributing the Gift of Prosperity (GOP) food sets at six old folk’s homes.

The community outreach began at the Penang Home of the Infirmed and Aged as well as Persatuan Syukur Penyayang Pulau Pinang.

This was followed by the House of Joy and Pusat Kebajikan Kalvari in Johor Baru, and concluded in Kuala Lumpur at Tong Sim Senior Citizen Care Centre and Persatuan Kebajikan dan Sosial Kim Loo Ting.

Joining the team to spread festive cheer was Tesco corporate services director Azliza Azmel, who said Tesco has been conducting its Chinese New Year community outreach for the past six years.

“The festive season is a time for family gatherings but sadly, not everyone has a family to go back to.

“At Tesco, we hope that by coming together, we can help recreate that Chinese New Year warmth that these elderly folk might be missing, ” she said.

She added that some homes this year were new to the list while the rest have been regulars.

“The Penang home, in particular, is one that we have been going back to for six years now because of how touched our colleagues were when they first visited. To our colleagues, it feels like a reunion whenever we revisit the home, ” said Azliza.

The Gift of Prosperity is Tesco’s latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative together with CSR partner Kechara Soup Kitchen.

The GOP set contains essential items selected by Kechara such as tuna, instant oats, assorted biscuits, orange cordial, 10kg rice, vermicelli and cooking oil.

Until Feb 5, customers can purchase either the RM25 or RM50 Gift of Prosperity charity card from Tesco check-out counters as well as online retail platforms such as Lazada and Shopee.

The cards will be converted to sets which will be delivered by Kechara to its beneficiaries such as the homes Tesco visited for its festive community outreach.

“The Gift of Prosperity is our way of including our customers in our ongoing work to help the underprivileged community.

“Your contribution might not seem much but it will mean the world to those who don’t have much to begin with, ” said Azliza.

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