(From tenth left) Teh, Cosyns and Lee pose with representative of the beneficiaries and choir members in front of the Christmas Wish Tree.
MIRI: The public should find time to help the less fortunate whenever possible, says Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
Lee said this after officiating at the launch of the ‘Christmas Wish Tree Project’ at Miri Marriott Resort & Spa on Friday.
“We should consider ourselves very fortunate – we are healthy and can stand on our own two feet and are employed, while others less fortunate than us depend on others for help. Thus we should count our blessings and reach out to the less fortunate in society,” he said.
Among those present at the launch were Miri Marriot general manager Marc Cosyns and Miri Hospital paediatrician Dr Teh Siao Hean.
Lee commended the resort for its efforts in reaching out to the community, adding that the ‘Christmas Wish Tree Project’ was a symbolic way of showing care and love to the less fortunate.
At the function, Lee revealed that he was sponsoring 20 out of the 280 underprivileged children who have written their wishes in the cards hung on the six-metre tall Christmas tree located in the resort’s lobby.
Earlier, Cosyns said in his speech that the project was part of their ongoing community outreach projects and one of the five core community focus projects of Marriot International.
“This ‘Christmas Wish Tree Project’ also incorporates Bakam Kindergarten Playground Fundraising to help transform the currently empty field into a beautiful playground for the children. Cash donations for the project can be placed at a donation box next to the Christmas tree,” he explained.
So far, the response from the public has been very encouraging and more than half of the wishes have already been fulfilled.
He urged resort guests and the public to support the project by either purchasing the gifts themselves or making cash donations towards their purchases from now to Dec 31.
The annual project which was initiated in 2006 has so far benefited thousands of underprivileged children. The beneficiaries of this year’s project are Miri Red Cresent (MRC) Sunflower Centre, Miri Hospital’s Pediatric Ward, SK Pujut Corner Needy Student and Bakam Kindergarten.
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