600 underprivileged children in Malaysia to benefit from donation of RM150,000 under My Schoolbag programme
Donation funded by CapitaLand Hope Foundation
Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, 27 November 2014– CapitaMalls Asia Limited (“CMA”) and CapitaMalls Malaysia REIT Management Sdn. Bhd. (“CMRM”), the manager of CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust (“CMMT”), are pleased to announce today that 600 underprivileged children in Malaysia will benefit from a RM150,000 (about S$58,256 1) donation in the fourth run of the “My Schoolbag” programme in Malaysia this year. The donation is made possible with funding from CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand.
My Schoolbag is CMA’s signature annual corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) programme, whereby schoolbags containing school and daily necessities are given to underprivileged children in the five countries where its shopping malls operate – namely Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan and India.
Under this year’s My Schoolbag programme in Malaysia, CMA and CMMT are working with 31 charity homes – seven in Kuala Lumpur, five in Selangor, nine in Kuantan, nine in Penang and one in Kedah – to help a total of 600 underprivileged children under the homes’ care. These charity homes are mainly shelter homes for orphans as well as abandoned or abused children, and undertake the children’s daily cost of living and provide a better living environment for them.
Accompanied by over 130 staff volunteers, the participating children will visit one of five CapitaMalls nearest to their charity home – namely Sungei Wang Plaza in Kuala Lumpur; The Mines in Selangor; Gurney Plaza and Queensbay Mall in Penang; and East Coast Mall in Kuantan – where they will be given a new schoolbag containing school and daily necessities such as stationery, school uniforms and school shoes worth a total of RM250 (about S$97) each. The children will also be treated to lunch and various performances specially arranged by the malls.
Ms Low Peck Chen, CEO of CMRM, said, “We are delighted to bring some cheer and warmth to the communities where our CapitaMalls operate. More importantly, we hope that My Schoolbag will give the underprivileged children a headstart in their education, and a better learning journey ahead. We would also like to thank our staff volunteers, sponsoring partners and retailers for their continued support and commitment to My Schoolbag.”