CapitaLand and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust donate schoolbags worth over RM180,000 to 720 underprivileged children in Malaysia
Donation funded by CapitaLand Hope Foundation
Kuala Lumpur, 27 November 2015 – CapitaLand Mall Asia, the region’s leading shopping mall developer, owner and manager, and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall REIT Management Sdn. Bhd.1 (CMRM), the manager of CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust (CMMT), are pleased to announce that 720 underprivileged children in Malaysia are benefitting from a RM183,600 donation in the fifth run of the “My Schoolbag” programme in the country this year. The donation is made possible with funding from CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand.
My Schoolbag is CapitaLand’s key annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, in which underprivileged children in the five countries where CapitaLand malls operate – Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan and India – receive schoolbags containing school and daily necessities.
This year’s My Schoolbag programme in Malaysia is benefitting 720 underprivileged children from 27 charity homes – three in Kuala Lumpur, 14 in Selangor, one in Kuantan, seven in Penang and two in Kedah. These charity homes are mainly shelter homes for orphans as well as underprivileged children, which undertake the children’s daily cost of living and provide them with a more favourable living environment.
Starting today, the beneficiaries will be visiting the CapitaLand malls nearest to their charity homes to enjoy a fun-filled half-day programme. They will receive school necessities including a new schoolbag, stationery, socks and shoes worth RM255 each, and be treated to lunch at Sungei Wang Plaza in Kuala Lumpur; Tropicana City Mall in Petaling Jaya; The Mines in Klang Valley; Gurney Plaza and Queensbay Mall in Penang; and East Coast Mall in Kuantan. Games and activities have also been planned for the children. Over 160 staff volunteers will accompany the children in the malls.
Ms Low Peck Chen, CEO of CMRM, said: “Beyond meeting the aspirations and needs of the modern shoppers, our malls serve to enrich the lives of the people and communities where they operate. We are therefore delighted to be bringing joy and hope to underprivileged children in our malls through the My Schoolbag programme. My Schoolbag provides underprivileged children starting their first year in primary schools with basic school necessities, which are vital in encouraging their active participation in the learning process. We hope that our gift of school and daily necessities will provide the underprivileged children with a head start as they embark on their formal education. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff volunteers, whose continued commitment to the fifth instalment of My Schoolbag in Malaysia exemplifies CapitaLand’s ‘Building People. Building Communities’ credo.”
My Schoolbag 2015 in Malaysia:
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List of beneficiary homes participating in My Schoolbag 2015 in Malaysia
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1 Formerly known as CapitaMalls Malaysia REIT Management Sdn. Bhd.