New school bags and supplies for 120 underprivileged children

Smiles all around: Some of the children posing for a group photo with staff volunteers during the programme in East Coast Mall.

KUANTAN: Some 120 children from nine charitable organisations in Kuantan received school bags and other daily necessities under a corporate group’s “My Schoolbag” initiative.

The programme was held for the fourth consecutive year at the East Coast Mall here and the items were donated by CapitaMalls Asia Limited and CapitaMalls Malaysia REIT Management Sdn Bhd (CMRM).

CMRM chief executive officer Low Peck Chen said a total of 600 underprivileged children nationwide would benefit from the programme this year.

Low said RM150,000 was set aside for the purpose through funding from CapitaLand Hope Foundation - the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand.

“This is CapitaMalls Asia’s signature annual CSR initiative for underprivileged children in five countries where our shopping malls operate, namely Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan and India.

“We are delighted to provide a headstart in education for the children.

“This year, 31 shelter homes for orphans as well as abandoned or abused children located in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Kuantan, Penang and Kedah were selected,” said Low.

The recipients in Kuantan were from Penempatan Anak-Anak Yatim & Miskin Nadwah, Rumah Kebajikan Warisan Setia Damai, RM Caring Homes, Rumah Anak Yatim & Miskin D’nasti, Rumah Puteri Anak Yatim & Miskin Baitul Husna, Rumah Anak Yatim Nur Iman, Pertubuhan Komuniti Harap Kuantan, Rapha’s Children Home and Rumah Anak Yatim & Fakir Miskin Permata Al-Insyirah.

Each recipient was given a new school bag containing items like stationery, uniforms and shoes worth RM250.

They were also treated to a lunch and were entertained by appearances from clowns as well as Santa Claus and Santarina.

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