GEORGE TOWN — A total of 120 underprivileged children in the city benefited from the “My Schoolbag” programme hosted by CapitaLand Mall Asia and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall REIT Management Sdn Bhd recently.
The children from five charity homes and primary schools were provided with school bags, shoes, socks and other stationery items worth RM292 each to usher the new school year at Gurney Plaza.
The project was also carried out in Sungai Wang Plaza (Kuala Lumpur), Tropicana City Mall (Petaling Jaya), The Mines (Klang Valley) and East Coast Mall (Kuantan) benefiting some 720 underprivileged children totalling RM210,000.
The sixth edition of the programme was aimed at helping underprivileged children prepare for school next year.
The donation is made possible with funding from the company’s philanthropic arm CapitaLand Hope Foundation.
The annual programme was also held in the five countries where CapitaLand malls operate in, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan and India.
The programme, which started in Nov 24, involved 21 charity homes and primary schools.
About 173 staff volunteers accompanied the children as they visited the CapitaLand malls nearest to them to enjoy a fun-filled half-day programme.
CapitaLand Malaysia Mall REIT Management chief executive officer Low Peck Chen said the initiative was part of their commitment to give back to society.
“We are delighted to be bringing cheer and hope to underprivileged children through this CSR programme.
“We hope that our gift will provide the underprivileged children with a head start as they embark on their formal education,” she said.
Also present was Gurney Plaza/Queensbay Mall general manager Selina Ng, as well as staff members Peter Chan, Eliza Kow, Yeoh Kim Bock and Loi Kar Horng. — By V. Sivaji