More than 150 urban poor and cancer-stricken families from around the Klang Valley were in for a treat as volunteers of Sunway Group took them shopping for groceries at Sunway Putra Mall to cook a reunion dinner for their families on the eve of Chinese New Year.
The shopping trip was in conjunction with the ‘Share Because You Care – Chinese New Year Cheer 2018’ programme, held on 6th February. It’s an annual initiative to reach out and touch the lives of the less privileged, and to create a sustainable impact in improving the lives of its communities, especially during major festive seasons.
Various business units from Sunway, namely Sunway Malls, Sunway Property, and Sunway Medical Centre, came together to distribute provisions to the underprivileged for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
Each family received RM350 in cash donations from Sunway Berhad, Sunway Malls, and generous Sunway employees towards the purchase of their groceries. Adding to their joy, each family also received a box of Yee Sang from Sunway Malls, health supplements from Sunway Medical Centre, and Ang Pow from Sunway Property that was presented to them by YBhg Puan Sri Dr Susan Cheah, EXCO member of Sunway Group; Mr Chan Hoi Choy, Chief Executive Officer of Sunway Malls and Dr Michelle Mah Li Fang, Director of Business Development & Corporate Communications of Sunway Medical Centre.
YBhg Pn Sri Dr Susan Cheah, EXCO member of Sunway Group said that the contribution was in line with the Group’s goals to build sustainable communities through social inclusion.
“Sunway strives to make a positive impact in the communities in which we operate. We believe that a community that celebrates together, stays together and grows together. It is truly a privilege to get to know these diverse individuals, their backgrounds, and their many hopes and challenges,” she said.
Each family was accompanied throughout their shopping expedition by volunteers from Sunway and the programme’s NGO partner, Kechara Soup Kitchen Society. Nearly 100 volunteers assisted them at each step – from selecting their items, loading their shopping carts, making the final purchase to helping them carry their groceries. The smiles from family members were evident throughout the whole programme as they befriended and bonded with the volunteers.
The families came from four associations and three foundations, namely Great Heart Charity Association (GHCA), Touching Lives Clubs & Padmasambhava Children Loving Association Klang, Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Kurang Upaya, Subang Jaya Buddhist Association, National Cancer Council (MAKNA), National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) and Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA), in addition to those identified by Kechara Soup Kitchen Society.
By creating the opportunity for families to select and purchase their own groceries, families could create reunion dinners using items that best defined this meaningful event – steeped in the traditions of their unique households – making their dinners more meaningful.