Sunway Lights Up Deepavali with Penang’s Underprivileged Kids

Group photo of Sunway volunteers and kids

Sunway leaders with YB Prof  Dr Ramasamy Palanisamy, Deputy Chief Minister II, State Government, Penang (Third from Left)

In the communal spirit of Deepavali, the Sunway Group, together with Deputy Chief Minister II, State Government, YB Professor Dr Ramasamy Palanisamy, reached out to some 120 underprivileged children from four different homes within the Penang community in a heartwarming celebration.

Children and caretakers from the Shan Homes, Children’s Protection Society, St Joseph’s Home and Pusat Jagaan The Ramakrishna enjoyed a festive evening in Sunway Hotel Georgetown which kicked-off with the lighting-up of a Deepavali kolam by YB Professor Dr Palanisamy. The evening was made merrier with lively performances by clowns and cultural performances by talented dancers from Naveena Arts, over a sumptuous meal prepared by Sunway Hotel Georgetown.

About 40 Sunway staff from Sunway Property Penang, Sunway Carnival Mall, Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya volunteered their time for the children during the evening. Prior to the celebration, Sunway employees across Malaysia participated in a donation drive to raise funds for the purchase of essential items such as school bags, stationery sets, groceries, and festive necessities for the children. Over the last three years, more than 3,000 Sunway staff have volunteered at various community-building events at Sunway’s subsidiaries across Malaysia.

Sunway Property Penang General Manager, Ahila Ganesan, and YB Professor Dr Palanisamy jointly-presented goodie bags as well as a Deepavali gift collectively worth RM100 to the delighted children and their caretakers at the end of the evening.

She said that this event is part of a series of festive employee volunteerism events – Sunway “Light of Hope”, aimed at reaching out to underprivileged communities.

“Sunway has been in Penang since our first development in 1992. We have built homes for almost 2,000 families and created business opportunities for close to 500 businesses. We have contributed to developing lifestyles and helped to build the tourism industry through our hotels and shopping mall. Today’s “Light of Hope” celebration emphasises our purpose of being here – to serve, to be part of, and to bring joy to the Penang community,” she said.

Sunway “Light of Hope” programme is one of Sunway Group’s C.A.R.E. (Community Aid, Reach-Out and Enrichment) projects, one of the key pillars of Sunway’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in enriching the lives of the community.

To date, Sunway has hosted some 80,000 underprivileged children, single parents and the elderly to memorable festive events at Sunway’s multiple locations nationwide.

Sunway leaders with YB Prof  Dr Ramasamy Palanisamy (Third from Right), lighting up Deepavali lamp

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