What a meaningful outing it was for 150 kids from seven children’s homes in Ipoh during a special holiday programme hosted by Ipoh Parade.

1. the children collect their lunch

1. the children collect their lunch

Held in conjunction with Christmas, it was the seventh year underprivileged children were invited to participate in the annual “Grant A Wish” campaign, as part of the mall’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.

2. entertainer Mr. Potato takes a photo with two siblings

2. entertainer Mr. Potato takes a photo with two siblings

The seven homes were The Salvation Army Ipoh Children’s Home, Salvation Army Ipoh Boys’ Home, Precious Gift Home, Vision Home, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru, Good Shepherd Family Home as well as Pertubuhan Pengurusan Pusat Jagaan 1 Malaysia.

3. Mr. Potato in action

3. Mr. Potato in action

The children and their guardians arrived at the mall in the morning and were first treated to a special movie screening of “The Secret Life of Pets”, courtesy of GSC Cinemas.

4. this boy's smile tells it all as he receives a gift from Mr. Chan Yu Yin, Centre Manager for Ipoh Parade

4. this boy’s smile tells it all as he receives a gift from Mr. Chan Yu Yin, Centre Manager for Ipoh Parade

After that, they were feted with a simple yet delicious meal, thanks to generous sponsors of a number of F&B tenants of the mall. As they lunched, Mr. Potato took to the stage to entertain the children, who not only laughed their heads off but also volunteered themselves as an assistant to the entertainer when he requested for one.

5. group photo with some of the recipients from Good Shepherd Family Home

5. group photo with some of the recipients from Good Shepherd Family Home

Shortly after, it was time for gift giving. The children had their three wishes displayed on a notice board at the Main Atrium of the mall for the past one month. These wishes were about to be granted! Who wouldn’t be excited?

6. group photo with some of the recipients from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru

6. group photo with some of the recipients from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru

According to Ipoh Parade Centre Manager Mr. Chan Yu Yin, “Although 2016 has been a pretty rough year economically for many people, we are incredibly blessed and thankful that our tenants and shoppers came all out to support our campaign by generously donating gifts to these children. It is at times like these that we are reminded of the goodness that resides in many people’s hearts. Together, we are able to make this place a better one for the entire community.”

7. group photo with some of the recipients from Salvation Army Ipoh

7. group photo with some of the recipients from Salvation Army Ipoh

Indeed, it is better to give than to receive, and this kind gesture is not solely confined to the Yuletide season. Seeing the pure joy that shone through the children’s eyes, the effort put in to pull this campaign off successfully was really worth it.

8. one for the album - the 150 children with Ipoh Parade management and some of the generous sponsors

8. one for the album – the 150 children with Ipoh Parade management and some of the generous sponsors

During a press conference to announce this campaign, two charitable organisations received donations of RM10,000 each, from the Tan Sri Tan Foundation, which was represented by foundation council member Datoโ€™ Richard Ong.

The recipients, Perak Palliative Care Society was represented by Mrs. Gauddi Roy while Mr. Walter was present on behalf of Bethany Home of Teluk Intan, Perak.

This is the first year the Tan Sri Tan Foundation is collaborating with Ipoh Parade mall owners, ARA Asset Management Limited (ARA), to reach out to even more needy folk in the community.

Besides these two charitable organisations, Tan Sri Tan Foundation is also donating RM10,000 each to six other organisations, through three other malls owned by ARA as part of the larger ARA CARES (Comprehensive Assistance & Responsible Engagement Services) initiative, during this Christmas season.

Event: Grant A Wish Gift Presentation & Unwrapping Ceremony
Venue: Ipoh Parade, Ipoh
Date: 31st Dec, 2016
Time: 11am

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