Over 90 children including all of the Salvation Army Orphanages in Ipoh and 17 from the Home of Peace in Canning Garden, were treated to the Nationwide Charity Premiere of Cars 2 hosted by Soroptimist International Ipoh (SII) recently. The event was part of Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia (SIROM)’s inaugural nationwide charity premiere which saw 2,800 tickets sold around the country for its first-ever nationwide endeavour with the children coming from more than 30 homes across the peninsula.
In Ipoh, Tanjong Golden Village (TGV) cinema helped to make the charity event a big success. “The management from the cinema involved were very helpful in providing us with their hall for the screening. However, this whole thing would not have been possible if we did not have the full support of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures right from the get-go. Their involvement allowed us to kick-off this programme confidently and provide the children with the rare opportunity to watch a movie premiere,” added Kuan Khoo, President of SII.
Tickets for the premiere were sponsored both by individuals and corporate sectors who shared in the organisation’s vision of enabling children from the homes to watch a movie. Proceeds from the ticket sales of RM6,000 in Ipoh will be channelled to SII’s educational programme, OK TAK OK, a full-day workshop on personal safety, targeted to educate Primary 5 and 6 school children on child sexual abuse and what is acceptable and unacceptable touch/behaviour from adults.
Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organisation for women. It is a global voice for women working through Awareness, Advocacy and Action and committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia has been established in the country for the past 20 years and Soroptimist Ipoh in the past 3 years.