The Great­est Gift of All

Malaysia Tatler - - LIFE -

Dato’ Rosemarie Wee, area di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Shangri-la Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur, be­lieves that ev­ery lit­tle act of kind­ness is the key to chang­ing the world

In her 32 years lead­ing the charge on philanthropy projects, Dato’ Rosemarie Wee has ac­cu­mu­lated many mem­o­ries from the many al­tru­is­tic projects she has spear­headed pro­fes­sion­ally as the area di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Shangri-la Ho­tel KL, and per­son­ally on her own. Un­til today, one par­tic­u­lar mo­ment holds a special place in her heart, which oc­curred dur­ing her time serv­ing for the Ro­tary Club of Pudu. “Our club was rais­ing funds to help chil­dren born with cleft lip, so I spent a lot of time with these kids. One time, I was in­ter­act­ing with a boy who had the con­di­tion and I ac­ci­den­tally touched his face while talk­ing to him. When he re­alised that I had also touched his saliva, he quickly took my hand and used his blan­ket to wipe my hand— afraid that he had ‘con­tam­i­nated’ me. It was heart-wrench­ing,” she says soberly. Giv­ing back to oth­ers has al­ways been a per­sonal pas­sion of Dato’ Rosemarie’s. This was why she pushes for char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tives for Shangri-la Ho­tel KL, since the 1980s. “We started do­ing CSR be­fore CSR be­came pop­u­lar or a trend like it is nowa­days. I had

TREE OF HOPE Ac­cord­ing to Dato’ Rosemarie Wee, the Shangri-la Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur’s Christ­mas Char­ity Tree has be­come such an iconic in­sti­tu­tion be­cause it has changed the lives of hun­dreds of chil­dren

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