Klang, 3 November 2018 â€“ The festive spirit kicked into full swing as the Malaysian AEON Foundation (MAF) partnered with Klangâ€™s Sri Maha Mariamman Temple for the 9th instalment of its Lights of Love Deepavali programme.
In lieu of the upcoming religious celebration, a selected 130 children and 50 less fortunate families from the neighbourhood were offered monetary assistance and everyday life necessities that totaled RM47,500.
The two-part event, which began at AEON Mall Bukit Tinggi and culminated at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, was attended by YB Tuan Charles Anthony Santiago, MP for Klang, Datuk Iskandar bin Sarudin and Chairman of AEON CO. (M) BHD. Also lending their support were members of AEON Groupâ€™s top management, MAF committee members, along with 60 volunteers.
â€śThereâ€™s a reason why we keep doing these initiatives year in and year out. The smiles on the childrenâ€™s faces, their joy that fill the roomâ€”itâ€™s a beautiful moment, knowing that we can help make a difference in their lives. Weâ€™re also happy to be joining hands with the folks of Sri Maha Mariamman Temple this year, working together to leave a positive impact for the local underprivileged community,â€ť said Mr Shinobu Washizawa, MAF Vice President.
Starting the day on an exciting note, the children were treated to a two-hour shopping excursion at AEON Mall Bukit Tinggi. With every child getting RM200 to spend, they had a good time picking out clothes for Deepavali, stationeries and toys too. This was followed by a play session at indoor entertainment centre, Molly Fantasy.
The second part of the programme gathered the children and volunteers at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, where they enjoyed a scrumptious lunch, and were engaged in fun group activities.
Fun and games aside, MAF further assisted to alleviate the burdens of the children and families by making a generous contribution to the communityâ€”a perfect finish for this yearâ€™s Lights of Love initiative.
The donation handover ceremony held at the temple saw every child receiving an angpow worth RM50, while every family went home with RM200 angpow. Additionally, each single parent in the family also received a goodie bagâ€”filled with necessities such as rice, sugar and flourâ€”amounting to RM100. As part of this noble collaboration, MAF also made a donation of RM10,000 to Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
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 todayâ€™s 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