On 6 July 2013, 170 underprivileged children were treated to fun and games at the Sunway Lost World of Tambun Theme Park, Ipoh. They were all smiles when they visited the mini zoo and played games at the water park and rides.
The multiracial children were selected from four orphanages near Ipoh, namely Praise Home, Asrama Anak Yatim & Warga Miskin Budi Mulia Nurul Huda, Pusat Jagaan Anak-anak Yatim dan Miskin Nurul Iman and The Salvation Army Boys’ House. The event was organised by UTP Corporate Services Department, as part of UTP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to engage with its surrounding community.
As part of UTP’s effort to help promote healthy lifestyles to the future generations, each children was given a skipping rope before entering the water park. Together with UTP staff, they did a ten-minute skipping exercise which was equivalent to a 45-minute running workout. The skipping ropes were sponsored by Rotary Club of Kinta and MILO.
“The children were very excited and happy. Even though our orphanage is not that far from the theme park, the children rarely get the opportunity to enter it as most of them couldn’t afford it. I hope many organisations will emulate UTP for always being thoughtful of the needy,” said Swee Choo, one of the guardians at The Salvation Army Boys’ House.
Apart from this event, other CSR programmes initiated by UTP to continuously engage with its surrounding community are ‘Menggapai Impian’ (a project to assist underprivileged children by sponsoring their basic school necessities), ‘Majlis Berbuka Puasa UTP’ (giving donations to and breaking of fast with the less fortunate people) and ‘Bersama Majukan Desa’ (a programme to assist surrounding villagers in developing their socio-economic status).