Kuala Lumpur, 2nd February 2016 – The Budimas Charitable Foundation (Budimas) hosted 120 underprivileged children and orphans to a Chinese New Year dinner at Pusat Komuniti Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar on the 29th January. It was a night to celebrate the Chinese festival and to usher in a new lunar new year with lots of prosperity and joy for the children who are most in need.
Budimas organized this celebration for the children, aged from 3 to 18 years old. They are from 4 charitable homes including Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, Rumah Victory Children & Youth Centre, Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Klang, Pusat Jagaan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Budimas Orion (Budimas Orion). The foundation has lined up a series of activities for the children. They are included the lion dance performance, goodies to give out and angpows to receive by the children.
Aside from the consistent supported homes including Budimas Orion, Budimas has extended its helping hand to other charitable homes during this Chinese New Year season. Budimas always aims to support and provide shelter to the underprivileged children. Last year, Budimas has commenced operation in a newly built home, Budimas Orion in Senawang, Negeri Sembilan. Currently Budimas is taking care of 39 children and the home can accommodate up to 150 children. Besides that, there are over 1,000 children from 19 charitable homes, supported under Budimas Home Charity Fund (BHCF). These charitable homes are located in Selangor, Kedah, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Johor, Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak.
Budimas also initiated the Budimas Food Charity Fund (BFCF), which is now, in its seventh year of operation. Over 5,000 students in 90 schools are sponsored with daily nutritious breakfast by the foundation. The schools are mainly from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Penang and Kedah. Budimas also started providing breakfast to the refugee children since last year.
Moreover, Budimas constructed and equipped children’s libraries for the rural and poor, particularly the Orang Asli communities under the Budimas Education Charity Fund (BECF). Each library are equipped with 4,000 books and now the Orang Asli children are able to read and revise with the reading materials provided. Budimas built its first library in Kg. Bukit Kepong, Port Dickson and started its operation last year. Two other libraries are now being filled with books at Kampung Guntur and Kampung Langkap in Kuala Pilah. This year, there are more libraries set up and will commence operation in Selangor and other states.
“We are delighted to host this Chinese New Year celebration for the underprivileged children,” said Anne Rajasaikaran, Principal Officer of The Budimas Charitable Foundation. “Many children out there are still suffering from poverty. We hope that tonight our celebration will bring them hope in this very beginning of the year. In an additional of our efforts running 3 charity funds, including the Budimas Home Charity Fund, Budimas Food Charity Fund and Budimas Education Charity Fund, we believe that these children are fulfilled with basic necessities which definitely enhance their growth for a better future,” she continued.
The event was made possible by warm-hearted Budimas donors and sponsors, Perniagaan NL, Sharon Joanna from Sharvina Events (the emcee) and other individuals. It was an unforgettable and meaningful celebration with children.