F&N Beverages fulfills 35 children’s wishes
Posted on 13 December 2012

Christmas is closely associated with the spirit of giving and this was made apparent as the employees of F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd dug into their pockets to fulfill the wishes of 35 children at the Siddharthan Care Centre in Petaling Jaya.

F&N has always been a part of all celebrations in Malaysia especially since its products are synonymous with festive and cultural occasions and the company conducts a series of activities throughout the year to share the joy with less fortunate individuals.

This time, F&N Beverages encouraged its employees to be Santa’s helpers by fulfilling a Christmas wish list put up by the children of the home.

The list included practical necessities such as new clothes and sporting goods such as football boots. Each child was allocated a budget of RM200 and employees could choose to “sponsor” one child or more or even share the sponsorship with one other colleague.

In addition to the contributions of the individual employees, the heads of the various departments in the company pooled their resources to contribute five double-decker beds and other household items, bringing the total employee contribution close to RM10,000.

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The celebrations at Siddharthan Care Centre kicked off with the arrival of the F&N Beverages convoy led by Santa Claus himself. Bellowing a hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho” to the delight of the children, naturally Santa brought along all the gifts. The mountain of presents was a fitting final touch to the two Christmas trees at the home.

Khalid Alvi, Managing Director of F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd, expressed his gratitude to Siddharthan Care Centre for being gracious hosts and for providing F&N Beverages the opportunity to usher in the Yuletide spirit with the children.

“Any celebration is not complete unless we spread the joy and share our prosperity with those who have not been so fortunate. In the spirit of Christmas, it is truly a blessed privilege to give, and I’m glad that F&N was able to help fulfill the children’s wishes as well as provide towards the needs of this home.”

Accompanied by Santa and two Santarinas, F&N employees had the opportunity to meet and personally present their gifts to their chosen recipient with each child eagerly waiting to see if their wishes came true.

The children also enjoyed a scrumptious feast complete with an assortment of Christmas goodies, and were entertained with a variety of activities, such as face painting and games.

S. K. Manimaran, Siddharthan Care Centre’s administrator was grateful for the support from F&N Beverages, saying that the spirit of Christmas was finally in the air for the children.

“I’m thankful to F&N Beverages’ and their employees who have generously contributed to the children’s needs. More importantly, these children will realise that there are people that care,” he adds.

The Siddharthan Care Centre or Pusat Jagaan Siddharthan was established in January 2008 as a home for disabled and orphaned children. Currently the children are as young as one to eighteen years old. The centre provides vocational training and special education while being a haven providing shelter, care and love for the children.

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