Budimas Brightens Children’s Lives This Deepavali

03 Nov 2017

Budimas Brightens Children’s Lives This Deepavali
Children from 4 Charitable Homes were treated to a Deepavali Festivity

Kuala Lumpur, 3rd November 2017 – Still in the spirit of Deepavali, The Budimas Charitable Foundation organised a Deepavali merriment for over 180 orphans and underprivileged children aged from 3 to 18 years old along with their caretakers from 4 charitable homes that took place in Pusat Komuniti Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar. The homes that attended were Pusat Jagaan Siddhartan, Pusat Jagaan Anak-anak Yatim Sai Pandian, Rumah Kebajikan Karunai Illam and Pusat Jagaan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Budimas Orion. The event was officiated by Yang Mulia Tunku Yahaya Tan Sri Tunku Abdullah, Trustee of The Budimas Charitable Foundation.

As Deepavali is the festival of lights, the event began by the lighting of the customary Indian broze oil lamp called “Kuttu Valaikku”, by the trustees of the foundation. It was then followed by a fashion show where the children of Pusat Jagaan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Budimas Orion showcased a wide assortment of traditional Indian attires whilst guests and other children enjoyed the extensive array of Deepavali delights for dinner.

The colourfully decked out children from all 4 homes then took part in an “Onam Mask Making Competition” where the most creative and beautifully decorated piece won the competition. Onam Mask is a famous colourful dance mask used during the Onam celebration which is a festival of the Malayee community in and outside of India. The spirit of teamwork could be seen amongst these children as they compete to make the most artistic mask using their creativity.

“At times, festive season like this is the time where these children are down as they will be reminded of their families. Unfortunately, some of them are not as privileged to travel home or even have parents to celebrate this festival with. We hope that this small gesture helps to liven up their childhood and remind them that society truly cares for them and that we are family too,” said Anne Rajasaikaran, Principal Officer of The Budimas Charitable Foundation. 

The Deepavali spirit was then amped-up when each child receive their “money packets” from the board Trustees of The Budimas Charitable Foundation as well as goodies bags filled with treats from our generous sponsors.

“I look forward to this event every year as I get a chance to meet some friends from other homes too. Although I was not able to celebrate Deepavali with my family this year due to some problems at home, this occasion is the closest thing to it as I get to celebrate with an even bigger family,” said Anita from Pusat Jagaan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Budimas Orion.

The event was made possible by Budimas donors and sponsors; (Viyashini Maniam from 3B Wonderland and David Ann who was the emcee for the night).

The Budimas Charitable Foundation currently supports 32 charitable homes across 8 states in Malaysia; Selangor, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Johor, Kuantan, Sabah and Sarawak under the Budimas Home Charity Fund (BHCF), building and operating libraries for the children of the Orang Asli Communities via the Budimas Education Charity Fund (BECF) as well as provide breakfast to the less fortunate children in 106 schools across Malaysia.

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