Christmas and Hari Raya Puasa are a time of giving, and guests of the Royal Chulan Hotels and Resorts Group did so generously.
The hotel group collected a total of RM10,000 in its “Candle of Hope” campaign over the Christmas holidays last year and the ‘Kasih Ramadan” effort during Hari Raya Puasa this year as part of its “We Care” annual charity programme.
Guests were encouraged to purchase “Candle of Hope” tags for Christmas or “Ketupat” tags for Hari Raya. Messages were written on these tags which were then hung on a Christmas tree or Kurma tree for the relevant festival.
This year, the beneficiaries of the charity drive were the Penang Shan Home and Pusat Harian Harapan Bakti. Each received RM5,000.
The Penang Shan Home is a non-profit organisation that caters to the needs of orphans, neglected children, dysfunctional families and single parents. Pusat Harian Harapan Bakti is a special school and rehabilitation centre for mentally challenged individuals.
Penang Shan Home deputy matron M. Renuka Devi says the home’s monthly expenditure on utilities, staff salaries and food amounts to RM10,00 to RM15,000.
The home has 24 inmates, aged five to 20. “We depend a lot on donations to cover our operating costs and overheads,” she says.
Pusat Harian Harapan Bakti supervisor Salmah Bee Mohd Eusoff says the centre is home to 30 individuals aged nine to 40.
“We teach the children reading and writing so they can gain basic communications skills to be interactive with others. Garden is also a daily activity,” she adds.
Royal Chulan Hotel general manager Philip D. Theseira presented the mock cheques to the recipients.