Spread­ing love and joy

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL -

THE Christ­mas spirit is one of spread­ing love, gen­eros­ity and joy; and what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate this Christ­mas then by shar­ing it with de­serv­ing young ones.

The Gar­dens Mall re­cently hosted its an­nual Christ­mas Char­ity Celebration with 30 chil­dren and their care­tak­ers from Rumah K.I.D.S.; a home for or­phans and chil­dren who are aban­doned, abused and ne­glected. Th­ese chil­dren are given shel­ter, love and care with an em­pha­sis on strong “fam­ily set­ting” val­ues with “brothers and sis­ters” and house par­ents.

The Gar­dens Mall, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with GSC Sig­na­ture and Ital­ian­nies gladly or­gan­ised a fun-filled af­ter­noon for the chil­dren. The af­ter­noon be­gan the mo­ment the chil­dren were dropped off at The Gar­dens Mall.

They were ush­ered to GSC Sig­na­ture where they were given a hall all to them­selves to watch the re­cently pre­miered, Thor: The Dark World. As the chil­dren ea­gerly waited for the movie to be­gin, they were served pop­corn, chicken nuggets and drinks. To add to the ex­cite­ment, the chil­dren also re­ceived mer­chan­dise from the movie, cour­tesy of GSC Sig­na­ture.

The chil­dren were then brought to Ital­ian­nies where renowned men­tal­ist David Lai and his team took turns demon­strat­ing their mind-bend­ing magic; ev­ery­thing from pres­tidig­i­ta­tion (sleight of hand) to fork­bend­ing. The chil­dren were left daz­zled and en­ter­tained as they en­joyed the fes­tive high tea spon­sored by Ital­ian­nies.

True to the essence of the Christ­mas spirit, the evening con­cluded with goodie bags that were given out to the chil­dren, cour­tesy of su­per­mar­ket chain Cold Stor­age.

IGB REIT The Gar­dens Mall chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Antony Bar­ra­gry also pre­sented a cheque worth RM10,000 to Grace Com­mu­nity Ser­vices as a ges­ture of care and sup­port not only for this in­sti­tu­tion’s work at Rumah KIDS, but also for the other com­mu­nity ser­vices that they helped in­spire.

Ex­plore The Gar­dens Mall that prom­ises to fill you with the Christ­mas spirit. Walk through the warm, cosy hall­ways. Ad­mire rus­tic chan­de­liers and per­fectly or­nate Christ­mas trees that prom­ise to fill you with the Christ­mas spirit.

For shop­pers seek­ing a lit­tle more charm, be mes­merised by the echoes of Christ­mas rhythms near the con­course of the mall.

Mark your cal­en­dars for th­ese se­ries of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that will en­ter­tain ev­ery­one:

Christ­mas joy

1pm 7pm Brass En­sem­ble Carollers

Satur­days Dec 7, 14, 21, 28

1pm Brass En­sem­ble 2pm Santa Meet ‘n’ Greet 3.30pm March of The Bag­pipers 5.30pm Santa Meet ‘n’ Greet 7pm Carollers

Santa wish­ing the Rumah K.I.D.S chil­dren a Merry Christ­mas be­fore their meal.

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