Kuala Lumpur, 6th December 2019 – The Budimas Charitable Foundation helped spread some holiday cheer on Friday to more than 140 less-fortunate children at the annual Christmas celebration that took place at Pusat Komuniti Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar. Budimas hosted 140 underprivileged children from 6 charitable homes and their caretakers at this inaugural holiday event, which featured carolling, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.
The children aged from 3 to 18 years old that attended were from Rumah Hope, Lighthouse Children Welfare Home, Persatuan Kebajikan Agathians Malaysia, Pertubuhan Rumah Kebajikan Chrestus, Stepping Stones Living Centre and the foundation’s very own children shelter, Pusat Jagaan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Budimas Orion.
The evening kicked off with the lighting ceremony of the 8-foot Christmas tree by the Trustees of the foundation and was followed by a scrumptious buffet dinner of Christmas favourites such as, roasted chicken, fish fritter, potatoes wedges, mixed vegetables and jelly for dessert
The carollers from Zotung Refugee Catholic Learning Centre then performed Christmas jingles whilst the children from 6 homes competed in a “Christmas Ornament Decoration Competition” the winners took home huge Christmas hampers. The spirit of teamwork could be seen amongst these children as they compete to make the most artistic ornaments using their creativity.
The event culminated with the Trustees of Budimas presenting each child with a goody bag filled with healthy snacks and schooling necessities. Following the goody bag distribution, the kids were treated with money packets too.
This was a lot of fun,” said Michelle, a 10-year-old from one of the charitable homes. “I got a water bottle and I really like it a lot.” “I had a great time. I didn’t really know what to expect but it was a fun party,” said Anis, a 12-year-old. “I liked the singing and meeting Santa. Everything was fun.”
“The kids really had a great time and they love their gifts. We will continue to host such events, years to come because it does make them happy” said Anne Rajasaikaran, Principal Officer of The Budimas Charitable Foundation.