Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hotel Saujana Brings Xmas to Kids' Ward

It was just five days after his operation and still warded at University Malaya Medical Centre's Paediatric Ward. But 11-year-old Joel Banner has received his Christmas gifts and met Santa during a Christmas Children’s party organised by The Saujana, Kuala Lumpur at the ward.

The hotel's initiative to bring Christmas to the ward brought joy to some 60 children excluding the nurses and hospital staff that care for them.

Mattel Southeast Asia Pte Ltd and Swan Hwa Thong Group sponsored the gifts.
At the event the children, with some moving around with tubes and needles stuck on them, were treated to a fun array of food, prepared by the hotel's outside catering team.

On the menu were chicken wings and drumsticks, satay, fried sausages and mushrooms, and onion mini quiches.

There were also chocolate muffins, cheesecakes and chocolate cakes, which were hits with the kids.

Parents and caretakers, including hotel staff assisted the children with the food.

Also present to share the joy of Christmas with the children were the hotel's general manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler and celebrity model Amber Chia and Love Perhaps Cornetto winner Sheree Jeiyalachmee Appadorai.

The ward's intensive care unit head Professor Lucy Lum was also present at the event.
They also went from ward to ward to visit other children.

Saujana public relations manager Jasvin Sidhu said the hotel has been supportive towards the hospital throughout the years by organising Charity Jams ever since 2000.

She said the hotel organised the event annually with all proceeds channelled to the ward for the hospital to buy life support machines for the children.

“Earlier this year, we had channelled RM34,000 to buy equipment for the ward,” said Jasvin.

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