Some 70 poor and orphaned children were brought to Econsave Jelapang to purchase new clothes for the upcoming Hari Raya celebration.
According to the public relations officer of Ipoh City Council (MBI), Mohd Syahrizal Azmi, the initiative, sixth of its kind, is a joint effort from the council with the Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club (KSKMP) and Econsave Jelapang to aid needy children.
“The children aged between 6 to 17 are from Pertubuhan Baitul Aini Anak-Anak Yatim dan Miskin Negeri Ipoh (Ipoh Baitul Aini Association for Orphans and the Poor) and Pertubuhan Pusat Jagaan Anak-Anak Yatim Al-Harraz (Al-Harraz Association of Orphans’ Care Centre).
“Some RM3,500 worth of vouchers sponsored by Econsave were distributed to the children, each of them receiving RM50 to be used for purchasing new clothes,” he told reporters during the programme at Econsave Jelapang yesterday (April 17).
Also present were KSKMP president Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali; Econsave general manager (northern region), Chua Yong Chiang; and Econsave Jelapang branch manager Shah Effendy.
Baitul Aini was represented by Zamri Ahmad Tajuddin; while Al-Harraz by Norizan Razali.
The children were seen happily walking about the supermarket browsing for their preferred clothes.
The programme then proceeded to The Haven Resort during late evening where the children were treated to a Ramadan buffet to break their fast.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin who was present as a guest of honour, said that RM3,000 cheques will be contributed to each 18 mosques and suraus around Ipoh.
“This is to ensure that ceremonies to break fast at the respective locations go smoothly.
“Hopefully, the cheques somehow reduce burdens and strengthen ties between managements of the places of worship.
“Also, I would like to extend my gratitude to Econsave for jointly carrying out this CSR initiative today with MBI and KSKMP, more so under the MBI Prihatin programme to aid the needy.
“Hopefully, there’ll be more supermarkets like Econsave that are willing to step forward and engage in meaningful causes such as this to enliven the Hari Raya festivity among these unfortunate children,” he expressed during his speech, whereafter he distributed money packets to the children.