Joy and laughter filled the halls of Menara Maybank as some 100 children from various homes were presented with Christmas gifts during the Maybank Group Christmas celebration held recently.
The 100 children from Dignity for Children Foundation, Shelter Home, Calvaryland and Rumah Sayangan were filled with delight as they received presents such as bicycles, guitars, books and toys which were on their wish list, and made possible by the Group’s ‘Grant-A-Wish’ initiative.
The programme enables Maybank employees to fulfil a gift request from the special children who indicated what they wanted prior to the event.
A ten-foot tall Christmas tree stood beautifully among visitors as they were serenaded by Christmas carols presented by the Maybank Christian Fellowship team as well as staff. Santa Claus also made his jolly appearance bringing special cheer and excitement to visitors.
The event was made further joyful with the sounds of Bagpipes & Drums presented by the Voice of Percussion team.
The event was hosted by Chairman of Maybank, Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsudin, Group President & CEO, Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, members of the Board of Directors and Group EXCO members who took time to present gifts, candy canes and cash gifts to the children.
Maybank Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Nora Manaf said, “Togetherness and harmony is what we are celebrating at this event. To see the smiles of our guests, brings warmth to our hearts as we all celebrate this joyous festival together. Each year, we celebrate Malaysia’s major festivals by organising activities for our employees and special guests to appreciate the rich heritage of the respective communities where the bank operates.”
“We believe that through these celebrations, we are helping to build greater unity and understanding amongst our communities, which is very much in line with our mission of humanising financial services.”
One of the children, Ivan Kumar, 11, from Rumah Kebajikan Sayangan said, “I was excited with the bagpipes performance and I hope to play it one day. I also enjoyed all the food served here especially the cotton candy.”
Meanwhile, Jane, 12, from Dignity for Children Foundation said, “I was quite sad last year as I could not make it to Maybank’s Christmas celebration because of another event that I had to attend. But I am happy to be here this year with my friends and it is a double Christmas celebration for me as I just finished my UPSR exams recently. Thank you Maybank!”