Yayasan Chow Kit children and youths participate in a fun-filled workshop with GOLD special students

It was a heartwarming moment when the Hearts of GOLD (Generating Opportunities for Learning Disabled) special students, who were adopted by Sunway Group since 1995, guided Yayasan Chow Kit children and youths to decorate beautiful cookie jars which brought an abundance of joy, laughter and colour in the month of Raya celebrations at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa on 18 July 2014.

In line with Sunway’s ‘Light of Hope’ initiative to reach out to the underprivileged community during major festive occasions, Sunway Group through its staff club, Kelab Sosial Sunway (KSS) hosted a memorable yet fun-filled evening for the 80 Yayasan Chow Kit children and youths aged between 7 to 21 to participate in a series of interactive workshops, “Baju Raya” shopping and to enjoy a sumptuous “Buka Puasa” meal at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Lagoon 1 Ballroom.

Aligned with Sunway Group’s C.A.R.E (Community Aid, Reach-out and Enrichment) projects, which is one of the pillars of Sunway’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts to enrich the lives of the community, Sunway also brought in the special students from the Hearts of GOLD Foundation to teach the children and youths glass jar painting and eco-friendly notebook making demonstration.

Sunway Group also placed emphasis on staff involvement as KSS conducted a ‘Light of Hope’ charity drive amongst Sunway staff, encouraging them to sponsor RM100 towards a Chow Kit individual. Therefore, each child or youth received “Baju Raya”, “Duit Raya”, a prayer mat and goodie bag as well as a small personalised notebook made by the GOLD students, which were generously contributed by the staff. 100 Sunway staff also became the adopted brothers and sisters for a day to these children to spend time with and chaperone them on this day.

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa staff also taught the children cupcake decorating and simple fruit carving to develop their creativity skills. In addition, the hotel staff helped to prepare cookies and jelly beans to be filled into their personalised cookie jars, which were then given to the children as one of their gifts. There was also a Sembahyang Berjemaah session among the Muslim guests before the dinner.

Puan Sri Datin Seri (Dr.) Susan Cheah, EXCO member of Sunway Group, and Puan Sri Latiffah Kamaruddin (wife of Tan Sri Datuk Seri Razman Hashim, Deputy Chairman of Sunway Group) hosted the guests for the evening. Puan Sri Dr. Susan Cheah shared that the ‘Light of Hope’ initiative under Sunway’s CSR efforts aims to reach out to the underprivileged yearly during major festive occasions to touch their lives and to give them a memorable and joyful experience.

“We are here to enrich the lives of the less privileged. By bringing both GOLD students and Yayasan Chow Kit children and youths together, we believe this interaction will help our guests make new friends and develop new skills. It is about giving hope, joy and love to these children, especially in the lead up to Hari Raya Adil Fitri,” said Puan Sri Dr. Susan Cheah.

Puan Sri Dr Susan Cheah and Puan Sri Latiffah celebrated Raya Cheer with the Yayasan Chow Kit children and youth with the appearance of Sunway Pyramid an

Yayasan Chow Kit children showing their work with the help of the Hearts of GOLD students and Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa’s chef

She added that the event also enabled staff to demonstrate and inculcate one of Sunway Group’s core values, humility, by coming together as a team and volunteering to serve the underprivileged especially during the month of Ramadhan.

The children were also pleasantly surprised with the special appearance of Sunway Pyramid mascots Leo and Leona and Sunway Lagoon mascots Captain Quack and Lady Quack. The mascots brought joy and excitement to the children with many hellos and warm hugs! Two balloon sculptors were also present to shape interesting balloon sculptures to entertain the happy and excited guests.

Yayasan Chow Kit is a 24-hour crisis and drop-in centre which provides basic support to the at-risk children and youths of Chow Kit. The 80 children and youths came from two Yayasan Chow Kit centres; 50 children aged 7 to 12 years old from the Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-Kanak Chow Kit and 30 youths aged 13 to 21 years old from the KL Krash Pad. Both centres aim to build a safe and nurturing environment for at-risk children and youths as well as to develop educational programmes and essential skills for them to learn and grow.