CapitaMalls Asia and CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust support 600 underprivileged children in Malaysia with a RM120,000 donation
Donation funded by CapitaLand Hope Foundation
Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur 6 Dec 2012–CapitaMalls Asia Limited (CMA, SGX: JS8 and HKEx: 6813) and CapitaMalls Malaysia REIT Management Sdn. Bhd. (CMRM), the manager of CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust (CMMT), are pleased to announce today that they are supporting 600 underprivileged children in Malaysia in the second run of the “My Schoolbag” programme in the country, with a RM120,000 (S$47,982 / HK$304,725) donation. The donation is made possible with funding from CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand.
My Schoolbag is CapitaMalls Asia’s signature annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, whereby schoolbags containing school and daily necessities are given to underprivileged children. The programme is carried out in the five countries that its malls operate in, namely Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan and India.
In Malaysia, the 600 children come from 22 charity homes – six in Kuala Lumpur, three in Selangor, eight in Penang and five in Kuantan, Pahang. These are mainly shelter homes for orphans and abandoned or abused children, which undertake the children’s daily cost of living.
Over five days from today until 20 December, the children will be visiting the CMA and CMMT malls near their charity homes for a half-day programme. The participating malls are Sungei Wang Plaza in Kuala Lumpur; The Mines in Selangor; Gurney Plaza and Queensbay Mall in Penang; as well as East Coast Mall in Kuantan, Pahang.
At the malls, each of the 600 underprivileged children will receive school necessities including a new schoolbag, stationery and school shoes worth a total of RM200 (about S$80 / HK$508). In addition, they will be treated to lunch, as well as games and activities. Over 120 CMA and CMRM staff volunteers will be accompanying the children at the malls.
Ms Sharon Lim, CEO of CMRM, said, “CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust is again pleased to partner CapitaMalls Asia to carry out its My Schoolbag signature annual corporate social responsibility programme in Malaysia. The programme provides underprivileged children beginning their first year in primary schools with their school necessities, thus helping to give them a headstart in their learning journeys. Our shopping malls act as anchors in the communities they serve and we are privileged to do our part to help the communities.”