Spreading An Early Christmas Cheer Among Children

CITTA Mall Works With Tan Sri Tan Foundation To Help Children’s Home
Kuala Lumpur, 26 November 2016 – In the words of Anne Frank, “no one has ever become poor by giving”, and it is precisely in this spirit that CITTA Mall has once again embarked on another CSR activity, as part of the larger ARA CARES (Comprehensive Assistance & Responsible Engagement Services) initiative and with much support by the Tan Sri Tan Foundation (TSTF).

On 26 November, CITTA Mall has invited Yayasan Sunbeams Home (YSH), a self-supporting multi-racial foundation that’s home to the displaced, abused, and neglected children of single parents, to participate in a day full of mirth and laughter at the mall. As Christmas is only a month away, CITTA Mall has launched its very first Ohara Matsuri celebrations to kick-start the mall’s Christmas campaign. A major song-and-dance festival that’s celebrated annually in Kagoshima, Japan, the Ohara Matsuri celebrations in CITTA Mall will incorporate a slew of cultural activities to dazzle yukata-clad visitors to the mall, including a kendama competition, inflatable sumo wrestling, and a Japanese dance along session.

CITTA Mall then decided to engage with YSH to bring some early festive cheer to the children by inviting them to a day out at the mall. A cheque presentation ceremony also took place mid-way through the activities, whereby TSTF Council Member, Dato Robert Teo, presented a mock cheque to the YSH General Manager, Pastor Victor Maniam. The RM10,000 donation is a generous contribution by TSTF, who has been donating to various charities to help needy communities in Malaysia for close to 40 years.

Foundation CEO Ms. Yap Su-Yin said, “The Tan Sri Tan Foundation, established by the late Tan Sri Dr. Tan Chin Tuan, has been donating to various causes in Malaysia since it was started almost 40 years ago. We are glad to be able to partner ARA [Asset Management Limited] through its mall activities, especially during this festive season to bring cheer to our beneficiaries. The foundation donates to several charities helping distressed families, vulnerable children & youth, the disabled and the elderly. We are appreciative of the charities’ staff and volunteers, who contribute time and energy to make lives better for others. Eight of these charitable organisations are participating in the activities in ARA malls in Kuala Lumpur, Klang and Perak. We hope such collaborations and donations will continue to bring help and comfort to the community.”

As mentioned by Ms. Yap, the mall’s owners, ARA Asset Management Limited (ARA), will be continuing to work with TSTF to engage seven more charitable organisations in addition to YSF this year. It is hoped that this tradition of giving back to the community would continue between the two organisations and that it would lead to the fostering of greater relationships between various communities in the future.