Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Mandarin Oriental's Christmas Tree of Hope

Grant needy kids' wishes in Xmas spirit

Photos by ONG SOON HIN

ONE doesn’t need a fake beard or a red cloak to be Santa this month.

In yuletide spirit, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur recently launched the Christmas Tree of Hope to help grant some 1,000 wishes of children from over 20 orphanages.

Yayasan Harapan Kanak-Kanak (YHKM) head of board of advisors Tan Sri Zaleha Ismail and the hotel's general manager Jonas A. Schuermann lit up the tree at the event.

The wishes, handwritten on fan-shaped cards, were collected with the help of YHKM.
They will be hung on the Christmas tree at the hotel lobby until Dec 30.

“The hotel will be granting 10 wishes from different homes and we hope that by doing that, we would help encourage our guests and public to do the same,” said Schuermann.

Beneficiaries include Rumah Charis, LCMS Bethesda Children’s Home, Good Samaritan Home, Rumah Wake, HIV Hope, Shelter Home, Titian Kasih, Trinity Home, Glad Tidings, Rumah Vivekananda, Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti, Hope Worldwide, Rumah Sayangan, Gurpuri Foundation, Rumah Kebajikan Anbu Illam, Persatuan Kebajikan Warga Tua dan Kanak-Kanak and Persatuan Rumah Kanak-Kanak Di Sayang.

Wishes were also collected from a Hospital University Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) paediatric ward at a recent visit by the hotel staff, where gifts were distributed to the patients.

Those interested in granting the Christmas Tree of Hope wishes can drop by the hotel to pick the wish cards.

For more details, call the hotel’s Public Relations Department at 03-2179 8861/2.

Source : STAR
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