Celebrating National Unity with Children’s Merdeka Party For Underprivileged Kids

Sunway and Care United Johor Bahru celebrate Hari Kebangsaan with more than 400 underprivileged children

Over 400 underprivileged children from schools and homes in Johor came together in a meaningful celebration of Hari Kebangsaan, organized by Sunway Property and Care United Johor Bahru, as part of their commitment to build and strengthen the community.

Gracing the event is En. Sharul Akmal bin Johari, Executive Manager, Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang, who witnessed the Cheque Presentation Ceremony during the event from Sunway Iskandar to Yayasan Pasir Gudang in aid of underprivileged children across the Johor state. Also gracing the occasion is Mr Gerard Soosay, Chief Executive Officer of Sunway Iskandar, a subsidiary of Sunway Berhad who is passionately involved in many projects that enrich the lives of underprivileged children.

The underprivileged children aged 7 to 12 years were selected from 13 different homes and schools in Johor Bahru including Yayasan Pasir Gudang, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Pushpanesam, SJK(C) Kuo Kang 1 and 2, SJK(T) Ladang Sungai Plentong, SJK(T) Ladang Ulu Tiram, Sek Keb Perigi Aceh, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shan De, Pertubuhan Social

& Kebajikan Sari Saujana, Kampung Skudai Kiri, Villa Paulos, Persatuan Kebajikan Berkat (Berkat Home) and Persatuan Penganut Dewi Seri Maha Karumariamman.

Gerald Soosay, CEO of Sunway Iskandar, said that Sunway is delighted to share Hari Kebangsaan with these children.

“Spending time on Hari Kebangsaan with the children reminds us all that we are here for a purpose – we are here for our future generation, for our nation’s continued growth and progress, for a sustainable Malaysia. We hope that the children will remember this day as a day filled with love, joy and kindness from fellow Malaysians and one day, they too will be contributing to build a safer, healthier, happier and more caring Malaysia,” he said.

As an ice-breaker, the children were introduced to the 120 Sunway volunteers, consisting of employees from Sunway’s Johor subsidiaries, including Sunway Property, Sunway Construction, Sunway Paving Solutions, Sunway College Johor Bahru and the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Johor. In this year alone, volunteers from Sunway’s Johor subsidiaries in Sunway events amount to 500 volunteers. Over the last 3 years, more than 3,000 Sunway employees have volunteered at various community-building events at Sunway’s subsidiaries across Malaysia.

A mini-Olympic games in the form of a tele match saw the jubilant children compete in four sporting activities. Winners were awarded medals at a
prize-giving ceremony by representatives from Sunway Iskandar and Care United Johor Bahru.

In kick-starting the party, the children were treated to a delightful flash mob by the Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort team, followed by a hilarious comedy magic show, which became a fast favourite amongst the children.

The performances were followed by a parade of flags from different Malaysian states and Federal Territories, an initiative taken up by the children in a demonstration of patriotism.  The mainstay of the day, the mini-Olympic games in the form of a telematch began right after the break for refreshments. The children were divided into groups and competed in a total of four sporting activities. Each of the teams’ cheerleaders and the audience fervently cheered their teams on.

The children were also provided lunch, snacks, drinks and special drawstring goody bags bursting with treats such as stationery, food and drink packs, t-shirt, caps and water bottle sponsored by Sunway Iskandar.

The winners of the day were then awarded medals at a prize-giving ceremony which saw representatives of Sunway Iskandar and Care United Johor Bahru crown the winners.