Thanks to Guardian Malaysia for inviting me to visit one of the charity homes at Kuala Lumpur.
These homes, seven of which are orphanages, are located near to Guardian outlets in various parts of the country. Most of them have requested for repairs, upgrading and refurbishment of living quarters.
In addition to a budget of RM250,000, Guardian Malaysia has also encouraged its staff to volunteer their time to help in the improvement works, and to spend some quality time with the children.
|Speecn by Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Health and Beauty Sdn Bhd (Guardian Malaysia), Mr. Soren Lauridsen on the right|
Leading example, is Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Health and Beauty Sdn Bhd (Guardian Malaysia), Mr. Soren Lauridsen. Leading a team from Guardian's store support office and Guardian stores, he spent time on 15 September helping to repaint the gates, perimeters walls and grilles of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary, in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary, has got 55 residents aged from 1 years old to 18 years old). It's a non-profit organization for children from poor families, dysfunction families, single parents and full orphans. Makeover on this home including installation of polycarbonate rain cover awning, mosquitoes net for all the windows, beautify the living room, installation of air-conditioners and wall fans. Last but not least painting gates, grilles and perimeter walls.
|Guardian Malaysia's staffs at Pertubuhan Anak Yatim Mary, Setapak, KL|
In addition to the fresh paint work, Guardian Malaysia also installed air-conditioners, fans and mosquito netting for the orphanage, which is home for 55 orphans and children from single-parent families.
|Group photo of CEO Mr. Lauridsen Guardian Malaysia with the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary, Setapak, KL|
Mr. Lauridsen said: 'Each year, as we celebrate our anniversary, we make it a point to reach out to those in need. Over the years, Guardian has been extending aid and assistance through various forms. Often its financial contributions, other times, its donation in kind and through fun and cheer. This year, as Guardian Malaysia is celebrating our 50th anniversary, we decided to extend greater support to those living close to where we operate."
"We asked our teams at the stores to recommend charity homes in their neighbourhood which needed repairs or improvements, but were short of funds. We picked 10 homes where we see our contributors as making a meaningful difference."
"By helping to improve the living quarters of these children, orphans and the elderly, we believe we are empowering them to be more confident and eventually become self-sufficient." Mr. Lauridsen added.
Here's the list of 10 homes makeover programme started last month, and it is scheduled to be completed by this November. The other recipient homes are as following:
- Rumah Kebajikan Bakti Fayi (Kedah)
- Chrystal Home Taiping (Perak)
- Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Nanthisar (Negeri Sembilan)
- Happiness Centre For The Mentally Disabled Children (Melaka)
- Calvary Boys Home & Calvary Girls Home (Johor)
- Rapha Children's Home (Pahang)
- Rumah Anak-anak Yatim Salimah (Kelantan)
- Sabah Cheshire Home, and
- The Salvation Army Kuching Children's Home (Sarawak).
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