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Eu Yan Sang "Pot Of Gold" Fund Raising Campaign
Pictures of Courage
Special Children Society Starts Off Year with Fundraising Gala
Celebrating Hope & Joy
Diane Mcdonalds
Glaxo Smith Kline Books Donation
Glaxo Smith Kline News of SCSOA
HSBC Charity MELA 2005
HSBC Raises RM147,000 from Charity "MELA"
HSBC's Special Christmas Party For Special Children
Miss Malaysia
Ronald Mcdonald Children's Charities Fund of Malaysia (RMCC) 1
Ronald Mcdonald Children's Charities Fund of Malaysia (RMCC) 2
The Star Online
US Navy build Playhouse for Children in Malaysia



 

Eu Yan Sang "Pot Of Gold" Fund Raising Campaign

Million thanks to Eu Yan Sang "Pot Of Gold" campaign for raising more than RM120,000 for Special Children Society of Ampang expansion.

Check out the media coverage here:
https://www.malaysiakini.com/advertorial/333358





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Pictures of Courage

February 2, 2005 , Kuala Lumpur : Parenting is indisputably one of the most challenging jobs in the world. Imagine then, what it would be like if one's child is disabled. That important role will now demand more than just a parent's love. It takes huge reserves of courage, faith, commitment, knowledge and almost superhuman strength to bring up disabled children.

Whatever the degree of a child's disability, the best option is to place him in a special school where he will be, depending on the degree of the disability, looked after, fed, educated, and exposed to social and general environments in a safe and guided manner.

Special Children Society of Ampang (SCSOA) is one such school. It was initiated by parents to meet the educational and social needs of their special children. Registered since 2000 as a non-profit organization, it now has 33 “children” under its roof, the oldest charge being 30 years old.

SCSOA aims to provide quality and meaningful education which will help fulfill each child's potential to become an independent, useful and valued member of society. It provides a support system to families and carers so that they all work in unison to enrich the learning environment and ultimately the quality of life for these disabled children.

The Society is working on individualised education programmes and group sessions to enable interpersonal skills, communication skills, behaviour programmes, early intervention sessions for children of three years and below, pre-vocational and life skills training, leisure & recreation – music, swimming, art & crafts, horse riding, and to offer practical emotional support to families and carers.

The disabled child's curriculum is hugely different from that of a normal child's for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, he should be given the opportunity of being exposed to stimuli in order to enrich his perception and reception of the world around him.

With regard to recreational activities, Christine Wong, President of SCSOA shared that the ones the children are most responsive to are water activities and horse riding. On days when any of the two are cancelled for whatever reason, the children will be most disappointed.

“One of our children is very hard to reach. She doesn't seem to respond to audio or visual signals, but when she is astride a horse, that's when her whole face lights up. Her normally expressionless face is lit up with a big smile. Sometimes she would put her arms around the horse's neck and hug it dearly. The rides are obviously benefiting this child, both mentally and physically as she's also exercising her leg muscles.”

Many of SCSOA's special children also love their swimming pool time. It is an environment which gives them confidence and they love the sensation of the water against their bodies as they play and swim.

Some of the high-function children are also taught life skills via real life experience exercises such as a shopping trip to the supermarket where they learn basic functions like choosing what to buy, how much to buy, weighing their purchases and paying for them.

On a daily basis, most of the special children learn via music, art and craft, cookery, where eye-hand coordination is practised, where self-expression is encouraged in a gentle and non-judgmental manner.

The children are also given an opportunity to explore different social and physical environments through field trips arranged by the School's carers: Sunway Lagoon, National Science Centre, Zoo Negara.

The Society is currently housed in rented premises in Ampang Jaya and is working on raising funds to build their own permanent home. Their vision is to build a model centre that is specifically designed for disabled persons. “We would like our centre to be one that provides holistic programmes for the disabled as well as their families, equipped with sheltered supervised workshops that allow the disabled to integrate with society,” elaborates Christine.

The Society will kick off this year's fundraising efforts with its First Annual Gala Dinner themed, “The Joy You Bring”, to be held on March 4, 2005 at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. On top of a sumptuous dinner, guests will be entertained by the scintillating trio of Sean Ghazi, Izlyn Ramli and Adam Farouk and might take home something valuable from the auction.

Sponsorship of tables for the Gala Dinner are from RM2,500 to RM20,000 for a table of ten. For reservations or enquiries, please contact Maria Hartzuiker Karra, Organizing Chairperson, H/P:012-260 5195. All contributions will be tax exempted.

The one thing that these special members of our society do not need from us is pity. Their “condition” is not something they chose to have, but is rather something they live with. They have special talents which all of us should welcome and appreciate. They are a blessing to us in that they inspire us to see and live through their eyes and lives, increasing our consciousness of life, giving us a different perspective altogether: one which is courageous, compassionate and full of wonder.

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Special Children Society Starts Off Year with Fundraising Gala

February 2, 2005, Kuala Lumpur: The Special Children Society of Ampang (SCSOA) will kick off their fundraising efforts this year with its First Annual Gala Dinner themed, “The Joy You Bring”, to be held on March 4, 2005 at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. On top of a sumptuous dinner, guests will be entertained by the scintillating trio of Sean Ghazi, Izlyn Ramli and Adam Farouk and might take home something valuable from the auction.

Sponsorship of tables for the Gala Dinner are from RM2,500 to RM20,000 for a table of ten. For reservations or enquiries, please contact Maria Hartzuiker Karra, Organizing Chairperson, H/P:012-260 5195. All contributions will be tax exempted.

The Society is an organization that provides a centre for children and adolescents of various disabilities to help them maximize their potential and achieve an independent, fulfilled life.

It was initiated by parents to meet the educational and social needs of their special children. Registered since 2000 as a non-profit organisation, it now has 33 “children” under its roof, the oldest “child” being 30 years old.

The Centre allows access to a meaningful education and vocational training for these children with special needs. It is run and managed by a parents-steering committee with the assistance of volunteers from different backgrounds.

The Centre aims to provide a holistic programme and training, not only for the children, but also for their parents, families and caregivers. Through these programmes, the Centre also invites participation from the local community and public at large to volunteer their time and resources so that these children can learn to integrate into society

The Society is working on individualised education programmes and group sessions to enable interpersonal skills, communication skills, behaviour programmes, early intervention sessions for children of three years and below, pre-vocational and life skills training, leisure & recreation – music, swimming, art & crafts, horse riding, and to offer practical emotional support to families and carers.

The Society is currently housed in rented premises in Ampang Jaya and is working on raising funds to build their own permanent home. Their vision is to build a model centre that is specifically designed for disabled persons. “We would like our centre to be one that provides holistic programmes for the disabled as well as their families, equipped with sheltered supervised workshops that allow the disabled to integrate with society,” elaborates Christine.

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Celebrating Hope & Joy

The Special Children Society of Ampang (SCSOA) will kick off their fundraising efforts for 2005 with its First Annual Gala Dinner themed, “The Joy You Bring”, to be held on March 4, 2005 at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. On top of a sumptuous dinner, guests will be entertained by the scintillating trio of Sean Ghazi, Izlyn Ramli and Adam Farouk and may take home something valuable from the auction.

The Society is currently housed in rented premises in Ampang Jaya and is working on raising funds to build their own permanent home. Their vision is to build a model centre that is specifically designed for disabled persons.

“We would like our centre to be one that provides holistic programmes for the disabled as well as their families, equipped with sheltered supervised workshops that allow the disabled to integrate with society,” elaborates Christine.

The SCSOA is an organization that provides a centre for children and adolescents of various disabilities to help them maximize their potential and achieve an independent, fulfilled life.

It was initiated by parents to meet the educational and social needs of their special children. Registered since 2000 as a non-profit organisation, it now has 33 “children” under its roof, the oldest “child” being 30 years old.

The Centre allows access to a meaningful education and vocational training for these children with special needs. It is run and managed by a parents-steering committee with the assistance of volunteers from different backgrounds.

The Centre aims to provide a holistic programme and training, not only for the children, but also for their parents, families and caregivers. Through these programmes, the Centre also invites participation from the local community and public at large to volunteer their time and resources so that these children can learn to integrate into society

Sponsorship of tables for the Gala Dinner range from RM2,500 to RM20,000 for a table of ten. For reservations or enquiries, please contact Maria Hartzuiker Karra, Organizing Chairperson, H/P:012-260 5195. All contributions will be tax exempted.

Corporations and individuals with a heart can also support the Society's fundraising efforts by advertising in the Gala's souvenir programme, sponsoring a child, or a classroom or even a brick!

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EXHIBITION : JOY
by Diane Macdonald
5th July - 30th August 2004


Joy is a black & white photography exhibition dedicated to the Special Children's Society of Ampang. This exhibition portrays special children in a positive light, avoiding negative images that would give an impression of despair.

Diane sought to focus on everyday hopes and frustrations, triumphs and difficulties that are an integral part of these children's lives. She hopes that when the viewer looks at her portraits, he or she can relate to things that may have occurred in his or her own life.

The exhibition starts from 5th July - 30th August 2004. Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm. (after 3pm by appointment pls)

Diane will also be doing a tour specially for children on the 7th July 2004 (Wed) @ the gallery. This children's tour is an educational exercise using her photos to diffuse any prejudice children may have of those who are mentally challenged and to promote kindness to each other. The children's tour starts at 4pm! All children are invited. No age limit!

Diane will also conducting a black & white printing workshop in October. Please e-mail us for details and registration.


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GLAXOSMITHKLINE BRINGS CHEER TO SPECIAL CHILDREN SOCIETY OF AMPANG
Special children received 200 storybooks from GlaxoSmithKlin

Education is important as it helps to shape a person's mind and increase his knowledge. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Malaysia's leading healthcare and pharmaceutical company, believes that all people, regardless of their age, race or ability, should have access to good education. After its success in providing free tuition and school bus for the children in its adopted orang asli village to attend school, GSK is back again with another community project in hand.

GSK recently donated 200 books entitled 'BenO Comes Home' by Vanaja Dhanan, to the Special Children Society of Ampang (SCA) at the society's headquarter. The colourful storybook revolves around a cute puppy named BenO and how he manages to overcome adversities to achieve freedom from his abusive owner.
"GSK has been assisting SCA for some time via financial contributions and volunteer services. During this period of time, we, at GSK, have developed a strong bond with the children here and we always strive to help them in any way we can. These books have beautiful illustrations and its story is extremely interesting. I am sure that these children will enjoy the books very much," said Azariah Tahir, Communications Manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare.

Also present at the book presentation ceremony is Vanaja Dhanan, a first-time author and publisher of the book. A journalist cum public relations practitioner, Vanaja spent a wonderful year writing the children storybook. Through this book, she hopes to reach out to children and cultivate an early reading habit among her young readers.
"To ensure that everybody can enjoy the book at a low price, I did not go forany distributor to promote 'BenO Comes Home'. Instead, I opted to look for interested corporate organisations who want to buy my books for charity purposes. That is why I contacted GSK, an organisation well-known for its commitment and dedication in giving back to the society, and we partnered to deliver these books to the special children here," said Dhanan with a smile, obviously happy that her dream of encouraging children to read more books is one step closer to reality.

After the book presentation, the children gathered at the hall for a storytelling session by Vanaja Dhanan whom fondly called herself as 'Aunty Vaan'. The session ended with the children, teachers, volunteers and parents singing and clapping happily to the song 'Old McDonald Has A Farm'.
"I am deeply touched by GSK's commitment as well as Vanaja's kindness in contributing the books to the children. It is such a fascinating story where the children can read and at the same time, learn the moral values in the book to become a kind and loving person. I truly thank GSK and Vanaja for their efforts and support towards the society," said Christine Wong, President of SCA.

The Special Children Society of Ampang is a non-profit organisation that provides special care and education for children with learning disabilities such as Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, delayed and slow learners. Its aim is to provide quality and meaningful education, which will fulfill the child's potential and also to provide support to families and carers.

GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Its broad product portfolio spans pharmaceutical products such as anti-asthmatic, antibiotics, anti-diabetic, antiviral, anti-migraine and vaccines such as Hepatitis A and B, Varicella, Polio and Diptheria; Over-the-Counter (OTC) medicines like Panadol,
Eno, Oxy, Eye-Mo, Zentel and Scott's; in oral care products like Aquafresh and Sensodyne; and in nutritional healthcare drinks like Horlicks and Ribena.

For more information, kindly contact the undersigned or visit GSK at www.gsk.com.my.

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SCSOA: WE ARE MOVING!

A Brand New Home for Special Children Society of Ampang

Residents of the Special Children Society of Ampang (SCSOA) were visibly excited at the opening of their new home, which was officiated by their Patron, YAM Tengku Puan Panglima Perlis Datin Seri Tengku Puteri Nor Zahan bt Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Al-Haj. The event took place recently at their new centre, located at Taman Uda Jaya, Ampang.
Graced by the presence of many generous contributors of SCSOA, among them GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), ExxonMobil and Kleeman, the three-hour soft launch also featured several interesting performances by the special children for the guests.

The new home, situated a few blocks down from their old centre, has a bigger space and more facilities to accommodate the increasing numbers of special children under the care of the society.

"We are extremely grateful for this new place as we had difficulty managing the children at our old home. The place was simply too cramped for them to carry out their activities comfortably. Here, I want to thank all our kind contributors including GSK for their relentless support and donations to SCSOA," said Christine Wong, President of the society.

"Many private organisations and associations have been very generous in providing us with paint, furniture and books for the new home. It shows that Malaysians do empathise with their less fortunate counterparts."

For the new home, GSK and its employees joined efforts in contributing fans, kitchen cabinet, kitchen sink, curtains, tables and chairs.

Over the years, GSK has been continuously providing assistance to SCSOA in terms of cash and kinds. Its employees conduct monthly visits to the society to carry out various activities with the children.

Recently, the children of SCSOA had the opportunity to have a fun-filled day with the animals at the National Zoo, a trip organised by GSK. They also had their teeth and gums checked during an oral healthcare session carried out by GSK at the society's old centre. During the session, the special children learnt about the correct way of brushing their teeth to maintain their sparkling pearls and healthy gums.

Besides this, GSK also sponsor the monthly physiotherapy fees of the society.

"The children of SCSOA are unique in their own way and GSK, being a large multinational corporation, is happy to help the society to maintain the children's well-being," said Azariah Tahir, Communications Manager of GSK, who also attended the soft launch.

About Special Children Society of Ampang
The Special Children Society of Ampang is a non-profit organisation that provides special care and education for children with learning disabilities such as Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, delayed and slow learners. Its aim is to provide quality and meaningful education, which will fulfill the child's potential and also to provide support to families and carers.

About GlaxoSmithKline
GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Its broad product portfolio spans pharmaceutical products such as anti-asthmatic, antibiotics, anti-diabetic, antiviral, anti-migraine and vaccines such as Hepatitis A and B, Varicella, Polio and Diptheria; Over-the-Counter (OTC) medicines like Panadol, Eno, Oxy, Eye-Mo, Zentel and Scott's; in oral care products like Aquafresh and Sensodyne; and in nutritional healthcare drinks like Horlicks and Ribena.

For more information, kindly contact the undersigned or visit GSK at www.gsk.com.my.

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HSBC CHARITY MELA 2005 - FUN FOR EVERYONE WHILE RAISING FUNDS



26 November 2005

The HSBC Charity "Mela" which was held at the YMCA field turned out to be a fun and entertaining day for both the young and old. The rain did not dampen the spirits of the visitors, some of whom arrived as early as 9-30am. More than 1,000 people visited the bazaar. The eight participating charities together with our HSBC team set-up more then 35 stalls and booths selling varieties of foods, handicrafts, knick-knacks and games stalls. There was even a booth-offering hair styling. Other highlights included the children's fancy dress parade, song requests and the ice-cream eating competition.

The eight participating charities are Hospis Malaysia, Persatuan Kanak-kanak Ampang, Persatuan Kanak-kanak Istimewa Kajang, Persatuan Dyslexia Wilayah Persekutuan, Rumah Bethany, Pusat Majudiri 'Y', Selangor Cheshire Home and Society of Families of Persons with Learning Difficulties (PERKOBP).

Mr. Cama officiated the event; also present were Mrs. Cama, Mrs. Ogilvie, Adrian Groom, and other Senior Managers and Business Heads.

"It is a pleasure for me to see everyone including the organizers and participating charities having fun at the bazaar. I am also very proud too some 300 of HSBC staff volunteering their time to assist in this event" said Mr. Zarir J Cama, deputy chairman & chief executive officer of HSBC Malaysia.

He also added that HSBC has a long-term relationship with the eight organisations involved and have been supporting them through various means including sponsorship of educational equipments and direct funding. HSBC staffs also volunteer their time to assist them.

The HSBC Charity Mela is one of the many activities under the bank's HSBC in the Community programme.

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HSBC RAISES RM147,000 FROM CHARITY "MELA"



09 January 2006

The HSBC Charity "Mela" held on 26 November 2005 at the YMCA helped eight charities to top-up their "coffers". A total sum of RM147,000 was raised and the Bank generously topped the figure to RM160,000 and all cost were also underwritten by the Bank.

At a simple cheque presentation ceremony held on 09 January 2006 at the Bank's premises, Mr. Cama Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive presented a RM20,000- cheque to each of the representatives (Selangor Cheshire Home, Rumah Bethany, Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Ampang, Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Kajang, Persatuan Dyslexia, Pusat Majudiri 'Y', Hospis Malaysia, Perkobp).

The eight charities jointly presented a batik painting done by a resident of Selangor Cheshire to the Bank and they thanked Mr. Cama and all volunteers from the Bank for their contribution, both in kind and in cash.

The HSBC Charity "Mela" is one of the projects initiated under the umbrella of "HSBC in the Community". About 400 volunteers (staff) inclusive of Senior Managers participated in the 1-day event.

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HSBC's SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN



11 December 2004

Mr John Coverdale, Executive Director and Deputy CEO, hosted HSBC's special Christmas party for special children recently.

The fun-filled Christmas party that has been part of the Bank's tradition was held at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur. About 100 children from five different organisations/centres (Persatuan Kanak-kanak Istimewa Kajang, Persatuan Kanak-kanak Istimewa Ampang, Persatuan Dyslexia Wilayah Persekutuan, Pusat Pendidikan Taman Prima Selayang and Shepherd Centre Foundation) attended the party. About 15 volunteers from the Bank lent their hands to ensure the success of the party. The volunteers and HSBC's very own Santa entertained the children with a few Christmas carols.

The children also had fun participating in the games organised and walked away with prizes. A group of children even performed to entertain everybody. They were also served with an array of food and presented with Christmas gifts.

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Miss Malaysia

Charity

The Special Children Society of Ampang (SCSOA) is a non-profit organisation established in 1999 by a group of dedicated parents of children with special needs such as Down Syndrome, Willi Prader Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Slow Learners, Autism, Epilepsy etc. to provide special care and education for their children.

The following are stories of some of these children:

Wei Yuen is 18 years old.
He is every mother's dream of a perfect young gentleman. His twinkling eyes, ever-ready smile and his general demeanor is a favourite amongst all the ladies around him.
He has been able to flourish and pursue his passion for swimming and is now training to join the Malaysian Special Olympics Team.
Wei Yuen has Down Syndrome. He has found warmth, care and love within the walls of the SCSOA.

Yonal Chandani is 9 years old.
He suffers from Cerebral Palsy and always finds it difficult to perform basic tasks.
Since he came to SCSOA, he has achieved goals never thought possible by the medical profession. He can socialise in public and interact with his peers very well. His family hopes that he will grow into an independent and responsible young man.

Hui Shi is 7 years old.
She suffers from the Eu-Du-Chat syndrome, otherwise known as the "cry like a cat syndrome". Her face contained wounds from self-inflicted scratches and she bled as a result of those injuries. After three months of joining the school and with the help of daily stimulation and intervention she received, Hui Shi's face has fully recovered. This led her to regain her self-esteem.

These success stories are the reason why it is so important to keep this school active.

Without the benefit of any regular funding other than the limited contributions from some parents and well wishers, the school depends heavily on the generosity and help from volunteers and donors in order to achieve its goals.

The vision of the Special School of Ampang and their families is to buy a home of their own.

They find it extremely difficult to live in rented premises without rooms fitted with appropriate equipment for the different therapies needed.

The school does not have any age restrictions nor does it exclude any disabilities. It is the only hope for many hundreds of individuals waiting endlessly for an admission.

In order to raise awareness and funds for their cause, a series of events have been organised for the coming months: charity bazaars, tennis nights, sports tournaments and an Annual Gala Dinner.

If you would like to know more, please call:

Christine Wong: President SCSOA     (H/P) 012 2228719

Maria Karra: Fund-raising     (H/P) 012 2605195

Special Children Society of Ampang
(Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Ampang, Selangor)
Reg. No 302 No, 1 Jalan D, Hillside Estate,Taman Grandview, Ampang Jaya, 68000
Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan . Tel: 03 42575157


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Ronald McDonald Children's Charities Fund of Malaysia (RMCC) 1

Event Archive

At RMCC, we have many interesting programs lined up for you. Come and join in the fun and be charitable at the same time!

MEDIA LAUNCH OF RMCC - TROPICANA CHARITY GOLF.
Venue - Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar.

Time/Date - 2 September 2004 at 2.30pm.

Highlights - Cheque presentation to sponsors. Entertainment by Ferhad. Special presentation by children from the Special Children Society of Ampang.


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Ronald McDonald Children's Charities Fund of Malaysia (RMCC) 2

Event Archive

At RMCC, we have many interesting programs lined up for you. Come and join in the fun and be charitable at the same time!

RMCC - TROPICANA CHARITY GOLF.
Venue - Tropicana Golf & Country Club.

Time/Date - 2 October 2004 at 7.00am.

Highlights - Fund raising in aid of the Special Children Society of Ampang. Ronald Show, fun and games for children and mums.

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The Star Online

AAM’s 20th Xmas bazaar a big hit

By DEBBIE CHAN
Photos By SAM THAM

debbie@thestar.com.my 

THE Grand Ballroom of the Crown Princess Kuala Lumpur overflowed with home-baked cookies, cakes, trinkets, clothes, crafts and accessories at the 20th American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Christmas Charity Bazaar last week. 

The bazaar, which drew hundreds of visitors, was launched by deputy chief of mission of the United States’ Embassy, David B. Shear.

Hundreds of vistors thronged the stalls at the bazaar which was held at the Crown Princess KL’s Grand Ballroom.
“We are very pleased that we have received tremendous response from over 100 participating vendors,” said AAM president Terry Stracke. 

The ballroom was decked in the season’s colours of green and red to give it a Yuletide atmosphere. 

In conjunction with the bazaar, AAM has once again joined hands with Federal Hotels International and FHI Group of Hotels to co-organise the FHI/AAM Christmas Giving Tree Charity Campaign. 

Ooi, Santa Claus, Stracke and Shear greeting children who attended the bazaar.
The charity campaign aims to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts for children from Rumah Charis, House of Mercy, Trinity Children’s Home, Special Children Association Ampang and the Cheshire Charity Home. 

Some of the funds will also be channelled to the StarMetro-Star BRATs Wish Tree charity drive, to benefit critically ill children in the University Malaya Medical Centre. 

Christmas Giving Trees have been put up at the lobbies of Federal Hotel KL, Capitol Hotel KL and Crown Princess KL. Each name tag hanging from the branches of these trees represent a child or elderly person from a welfare home. 

Guests can either place their cash contribution in the designated donation box or contribute a Christmas present.  

The Christmas gifts will be collected from all the hotels on Dec 18 and will be presented to the different homes on Dec 20. 

“There is no greater joy than spreading good cheer to the less fortunate during Christmas as well as during all festive holiday seasons as this is the time for sharing and caring, a time for tradition, and a time to get together with friends and family,” said Ooi Lee Ping, deputy director of marketing and regional sales of FHI. 

She said FHI Group of Hotels also contributed some festive cakes for sale as well as lucky draw prizes for the bazaar.

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US Navy Build Playhouse for Children in Malaysia

Stennis Sailors Build Playhouse for Children in Malaysia
Story Number: NNS040913-06
Release Date: 9/13/2004 4:08:00 PM

By Journalist 2nd Class (SW) Chris Fowler, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) spent two days at the Ampang Society for Special Children outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sept. 3 and 4, building a playhouse and garden shed. In addition, Stennis donated $800 worth of school supplies.

The Religious Ministries Department aboard Stennis organized the two-day event for more than 80 Sailors as part of ongoing community service programs while on deployment in the Western Pacific.

According to Chaplain (Lt.) Jon Conroe, Stennis’ community service programs provide unique opportunities for Sailors who want to make a difference.

040903-N-0684R-091 Port Kelang, Malaysia (Sept. 3, 2004) - Commander, Carrier Group Seven, Rear Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, speaks to Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while surrounded by children and staff from the Ampang special children's society during a community relations project in Port Kelang, Malaysia. Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently participating in a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ron Reeves (RELEASED)
 

“By reaching out to the community, we serve to increase mutual understanding and respect between different cultures,” said Conroe. “Also, Sailors have a chance to connect in a very human way. It’s that human connection that bridges all language and culture barriers.”

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW) Thomas Nichols is the production supervisor for Stennis’ aviation intermediate maintenance department. Having learned construction from his father, he helped supervise the more inexperienced Sailors with the construction of both the playhouse and the garden shed.

“It was great,” Nichols said. “Sure, we worked hard. But at the end of the day, we felt the satisfaction of knowing that we built something that is going to last and children will enjoy.”

Stennis’ engineering department’s repair division provided technical expertise and many of the tools used during the construction. Hull Technician Fireman Joseph Casey works in Repair division’s carpenter shop.

“I spent the second day painting the playhouse,” said Hull Technician Fireman Joseph Casey, who works in Repair division's carpenter shop. “A small child, who was very excited, kept asking me when the house would be ready to play in. It made me feel like I was really making a difference in a child's life.”

Conroe said that one of the most memorable moments for him was watching the interaction between Stennis volunteers and the children.

“I was watching the executive officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 sitting quietly with a child,” said Conroe. “I said to him, ‘It looks like you found a friend,’ and he turned to me and simply responded, ‘Some things are universal.’”

The Ampang Society for Special Children is a non-profit, privately funded school for the mentally handicapped. Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet public affairs provided funds for the project.

Stennis is currently on a scheduled summer deployment in the Western Pacific and scheduled to return to homeport at Naval Station North Island, Coronado, this fall.


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