Bandar Sunway, 7 September 2018 The recent 14th charity gala dinner by the Malaysian AEON Foundation (MAF) witnessed a true display of generosity as 1,600 AEON Group business partners gathered to raise RM1.9 million for the needy.
Among the list of honorary guests who were present included the Guest of Honour and Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Chong Chieng Jen; MAF Vice President and Managing Director of AEON CO. (M) BHD., Mr Shinobu Washizawa; and Focus Point Vision Care Group Sdn Bhdâs Datuk Liaw Choon Liang, who served as the Organising Chairman of this yearâs gala dinner.
Held at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, the theme of the evening was âUnder Our Wingsâ, which aptly references the mission of the foundationâto support underprivileged children, equipping them with education and life necessities, thus enabling them to soar high with success.
âTo date, MAF has rallied support from AEON business partners and channeled over RM10 million to help people in need, with childrenâs welfare being our top priority. This act of giving is a movement we intend to run for years to come in line with our determination to create a better society,â vowed Mr Shinobu Washizawa.
Besides AEON business partnersâ17 of whom contributed RM20,000 each, the dinner also hosted representatives from 9 children homes:
Every home was presented with a cheque worth RM10,000 to help provide comfort for its occupants.
Tying back to the theme of the night, a one-of-a-kind âHatch an Eggâ donation drive was set up, where, for RM50, guests could purchase an âeggâ from a specially-built nest to free the bird trapped inside.
Serious philanthropy business aside, the dinner also proved to be a pleasurable one, with local TV personality Daphne Iking taking on emcee duties. Entertainment came in the form of a unique electric violinist, musical performances by Dusty Tune Live Band and award-winning jazz queen, Datuk Sheila Majid, interactive Kinect games, and over 100 lucky drawsâwith the grand prize being Poh Kong jewellery worth RM10,000!
More than just its Charity Gala Dinner, MAF also works on other initiatives to aid poor communities, with one of the more recent ones being their Light Up Lives orang asli project. Last year, 40 families in Cameron Highlands benefited from its instalment of 60 solar panels while the second phase of the projectâto be held at Kuala Lipis, Pahang, in September is looking to build 50 more solar lights for the benefit of an additional 35 families.
About Malaysian AEON Foundation
Inspired by a desire to reach out to underprivileged adolescents in Malaysia, the AEON Group Company established the Malaysian AEON Foundation. The Foundation, initially a charity fund that was launched in 2004, has been operating for more than 14 years.
Malaysian AEON Foundation seeks to provide financial aid to those who lack access to basic necessities such as education, a conducive living environment and medical aid. It also aims to be continuously involved in fund-raising activities for the benefit of all Malaysians especially the children, irrespective of race, religion and creed.
Through its efforts, Malaysian AEON Foundation is focused on guiding the younger generation away from todayâs social ills and providing them with opportunities to develop their fullest potential and a meaningful future.
AEON is the first retailer in Malaysia to kickstart its own charity foundation and to-date, Malaysian AEON Foundation has contributed more than RM9 million to charity causes.
For more information, visit: www.aeonfoundation.com.my.
Corporate Secretary, Malaysian AEON Foundation
Manager, Malaysian AEON Foundation