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A happy Deepavali with McDonald's

The community programme was held in collaboration with Titipan Kasih Harian Metro (TKHM), which aims to bring cheer to the underprivileged.

The 55 orphans and underprivileged children at the home were happy to interact with visitors during the party, and they also received donations of bedroom necessities such as beds, pillows, mattresses, sheets, pillowcases and fans for their comfort.

McDonald's Malaysia corporate communications director Shamsidar Yahya said McDonald's Malaysia was honoured to visit the home and bring joy to the children.

"We chose this home to celebrate the children's birthdays in addition to providing bedroom equipment to cheer them up in conjunction with Deepavali.

"We're honoured to be able to bring cheer to more than 12,000 underprivileged children through birthday parties at over 400 welfare homes, continuing the McDonald's Community Month programme that has been organised every year since 2017. It's especially fulfilling when we see the happy faces of the children. When they are happy, we are happy too.

"The vision and mission of McDonald's, RMHC and Harian Metro are the same, and I believe this collaboration brings us closer to more vulnerable communities, including those outside the Klang Valley," she said after launching the programme with Harian Metro group editor Husain Jahit.

During the visit as part of the same programme, TKHM also presented aid in the form of basic necessities and electrical goods to the supervisor of the home, Malar Matthews.

Husain, who is also the TKHM project chairman, was pleased to collaborate with McDonald's and RMHC to make the programme a success.

"This is the third visit as part of the collaboration between Harian Metro, McDonald's and RMHC. The previous two visits were to Rumah Bakti Nur Syaheera in Cheras and Yayasan Kasih Sayang Negri Sembilan (YKSNS) in Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan.

"Apart from basic necessities, we also presented donations such as mattresses, pillows and new bedsheets for the comfort of the residents.

"The next visit will be held in Penang," he said.

Meanwhile, Malar welcomed the initiative by McDonald's, RMHC and Harian Metro to host the birthday and Deepavali celebration because for more than a year, the welfare home was unable to receive visitors due to the Movement Control Order.

"Thank you to McDonald's, RMHC and Harian Metro for your willingness to visit and host a birthday party here.

"This is the first time such a programme has been held during the pandemic period, and the children are overjoyed to receive visitors and participate in special games and activities.

"It is hoped that such programmes will be continued in the future. This welfare home needs RM28,000 to RM30,000 a month for expenses. Apart from public donations, we also have muruku and biscuit sales to raise funds, but this could not continue due to the pandemic," she said.

McDonald's, together with RMHC, has contributed RM250,000 to replace mattresses and pillows in 25 selected orphanages throughout Malaysia to enable the children to enjoy refreshed bedrooms.

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