Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan
|Posted on 02 July 2015|
F&N Beverages treats children of Rumah Amal Raudhatul Jannah
to a sumptuous buka puasa
For Muslims, fasting and breaking of the fast during Ramadan is far more than just a religious observance but rather a meaningful family or community affair. Families and communities come together for iftar and join in prayer to reflect on the significance of fasting and enjoy the camaraderie as they look forward to the upcoming Hari Raya festivity.
But for 35 children of Rumah Amal Raudhatul Jannah, it is an experience they do not experience often as most of them are orphaned, abandoned or from underprivileged families, and will spend the holy month away from their families.
In efforts to spread hope and joy among less fortunate children and, ensure that the underprivileged members of society are not left out of the celebrations, F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd treated the children from the home to a sumptuous buka puasa feast.
The children aged between four and 17, bore grins on their faces as the grand outing at Concorde Hotel Shah Alam was a new experience for many of them.
“The spirit of the holy month is often amiss among the underprivileged community, especially those who face financial difficulties or orphans with no family to share the joy of the season. Through our efforts, we want to spread joy and hope among the children of Rumah Amal Raudhatul Jannah and ensure that they too experience a meaningful Ramadan,” said Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager of F&N Beverages.
After a day of fasting, the children tucked in to a delicious spread of Malay dishes and delightful desserts that were served.
The auspicious evening was far from over as the children were delightfully surprised to receive goodie bags of new Hari Raya clothes complete with songkok and selendang as well as duit raya.
¬Cheerfully awaiting their turns, the children marched up on stage to receive the gifts from Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd Chairman, Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail. They greeted the F&N Chairman personally and hurried back to their seats to discover the gifts galore in each bag. F&N Beverages also presented a cash donation to the home.
Fourteen-year-old, Muhammad Azrul Afiq bin Azri was glad to be able to celebrate the breaking of fast with F&N Beverages. “This Raya, I want to save up my duit raya to help my parents with the household expenses. The contribution by F&N is meaningful for us at the home and I’m very happy to also receive a brand new set of baju raya,” said the avid footballer who lives at the home with his elder brother as his family is unable to provide for them.
For 17-year-old, Nur Az Mizah, the buka puasa treat by F&N Beverages helped give her hope in life even without the presence of her family with her. The celebration opens her eyes to see brighter hope, with of support from the community, such as shown by F & N Beverages.
“I’m proud to say that this year marks our 12th Majlis Berbuka Puasa initiative with the underprivileged since 2004. As a well-loved brand which has touched the lives of generations of Malaysians, F&N has a big role to play in helping the less fortunate communities within our midst. We hope that through this initiative we have been able to spread the cheer of this holy season and help the children look forward to a brighter Hari Raya celebration,” said Cariessa.
“We are grateful to F&N Beverages for reaching out to us and giving the kids a taste of normalcy, which has been missing in their lives. We hope this relationship continues to grow for many more years to come. As Raya draws near, our hope is to give the children the best we can so that they too can celebrate the festivity with much joy,” said Tuan Haji Zawalajam Haji Mashod, supervisor of the home.
Rumah Amal Raudhatul Jannah is home to 21 boys and 14 girls from orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged families. Established in October 2011 and became officially registered with the Registry of Societies Malaysia as a welfare organisation on March 26, 2015. Located in Olak Lempit, Banting, the welfare home aims to provide shelter, care, religious guidance and education to the underprivileged children under its wing.
Being relatively new, the shelter home is still in need of public donations and aid in sustaining the children’s basic needs and supporting overhead costs, such as food supply, utility, daily transportation cost and property maintenance cost. More information on Rumah Amal Raudhatul Jannah is available on www.facebook.com/rumahamal.raudhatuljannah.