Perodua Celebrates Deepavali
Perodua (Perusahan Otomobil Kedua) entertained its special guests to an early Deepavali celebration on Thursday, November 5 at Kenny Rogers, Kinta City as part of its Corporate Responsibility Programme. The special guests were orphans and senior citizens from orphanages and welfare homes in and around Ipoh.
Perodua staff spent time distributing school supplies, new clothing and hampers to 104 orphans and 14 senior citizens. Those involved were from Vision Home, Arut Perum Jothy, Praise Girls Home and Gloria Old Folks Home.
Earlier in the day Perodua staff assisted in the cleaning of the orphanages and welfare homes. They took the orphans to buy clothes and school supplies from a nearby shopping mall. They also sent supplies to the welfare home to prepare the occupants for Deepavali.
“We hope our contributions would help make the Festival of Lights that much brighter for those who are celebrating Deepavali and help foster harmony among the races,” said Perodua President and CEO, Dato’ Aminar Rashid Salleh.
Ipoh City Council and the Ipoh’s Civil Community Council distributed free grocery supplies to some 200 needy folks during its Sekalung Budi (generosity) programme on November 4. The event was held at City Hall in conjunction with the Deepavali celebration on November 10.
Each received a basket containing rice, coffee, sugar, snacks, cooking oil, flour and cash (duit raya). The recipients were chosen by the Civil Community Council. Although the programme was directed at Indians in general, other races too were included to help spread the Deepavali cheer.
Mayor Dato’ Zambri Man, who gave away the presents, thanked the sponsors for their support in making the programme a success.
Among the well-wishers and donors were State Legislative Assembly Speaker, Dato’ S.K. Devamany, Bionic Vision Sdn Bhd, Railfreight Engineering and Logistics Sdn Bhd, AD Yusof Enterprise, Vision Success, D.N.S Kacang Putih, Johor Bahru Credit Sdn Bhd, Radiant XE Network and Chua Sin Sdn Bhd.
Making Deepavali Merrier
To ease the burden on families celebrating Deepavali, Perak Barisan Nasional Public Service and Complaints Centre together with Perak Community-Care Society (PMPP) donated RM3000 worth of groceries to twenty five families on November 5.
Necessary items such as condensed milk, sugar, rice, sardine and other essentials were given to them to help bring joy to their festivities, by Representative of Barisan Nasional, Mohamad Rawi bin Abdullah who personally distributed the goodies to the recipients.
“We have been working closely with PMPP to help those who are in need, regardless of their race or religion,” he said.
Deepavali celebration for 40 low-income families from Kampung Thylee, Jalan Silibin was a delightful one with a visit by Datuk Seri SK Devamany, the new Deputy President of MIC.
Besides building rapport with the community, Devamany came bearing gifts of hampers and clothing for the needy.
According to Devamany, the poor should not be forgotten as they too deserve to experience the joy of the Festival of Lights.
“These gifts, though small, would bring a little cheer to them. We’d try to raise their standard of living in the future,” he said during the ceremony.
Held on Sunday, November 8, it was jointly organised by the Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club, Econsave and Chennai Silk Palace.
M. Sivagami, 58, a single mother of two, was glad as the visit would boost the spirit of the poor living in the village.
Old timer K. Nalama, 85, was touched by the gesture. “I’m thankful that there are people out there who still remember us,” he said.
Econsave North Zone Operations Manager, Zamzuri Mansor stated that the altruistic effort was part of his company’s corporate social responsibility programme.