LUNAR CHEER FOR LOVELY RESIDENTS
Tuesday, 3 March 2015 – Putrajaya Marriott and Palm Garden Hotel organized a very special luncheon in conjunction with the lunar calendar New Year celebration. The event was carried out in utter grandness just two days before Chap Goh Mei.
As it is a time to cherish families and relationships, Putrajaya Marriott and Palm Garden Hotel found it apt to celebrate the auspicious occasion with 65 members and caregivers of Lovely Nursing Center in University Garden, Petaling Jaya. It’s the 3rd year that both hotels have embarked in making Chinese New Year as one of the many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities for the hotel apart from the routine Ramadan, Deepavali, Christmas and Earth Hour. Both hotels are no stranger to such service from the heart in the Spirit-to-Serve our Communities® CSR Global Vision.
An interesting line up of activities were planned for the afternoon. Residents were treated to a sumptuous meal that included the ritual Yee Sang Tossing. Menu of the day consists of a lovely selection of siew mai dim sum, chicken char siew pau, Chinese chicken herb soup and more international and local selections that included nasi minyak with lamb curry, deep-fried fish fillet with onion sauce and ayam goreng berempah; just to name a few.
Among other treats that afternoon, residents were entertained by Putrajaya Marriott strollers with a few evergreen numbers during lunch. Two associates from the Front Office division of the Putrajaya Marriott belted out two Chinese songs in accordance with the spirit of Chinese New Year. Associates and Heads of Departments alike, took the opportunity to mingle and serve the residents over lunch. Later that afternoon after lunch, EAMs Gary Green and Henry Chong from Putrajaya Marriott and Hotel Manager Zarilla Bashir from Palm Garden Hotel presented the residents and caregivers with a gift bag worth RM25/- and an ang pow packet each worth RM20/-.
Both hotels also, presented the Home with groceries in the like of rice, milk powder, tea bags, coffee, fresh milk, canned baked beans and sardines, cereal, kaya, mee hoon, cooking oil worth approximately RM4,500/-. The quantity of groceries extended would be able to lighten the burden and expenses of their monthly needs.
Back to the early part of the week, both hotels pledged to assist the home on some minor repairs of their porch area. The porch area is the heart of the home where residents spend most of their time dining, watching television, exercise and basically lounging around. It was reported by the founder Mr Gopinath that the roof of the existing porch was leaking badly and in need of repairs. Apart from that, both hotels agreed to build up an extended roofing to enable wheel-chair bound occupants to make way to the toilets and bathrooms without getting soaked wet on a rainy day. Cost of maintenance and repair works summed up to RM3,500/- in total.
Aside to the efforts put in by hotel’s management team, Putrajaya Marriott associates put their heads together and collected some money to purchase a few items which they thought would benefit the home tremendously. The list of items contributed by the kind souls of
Food & Beverage and Culinary Team of Putrajaya Marriott Hotel were 1 unit of fully-auto washing machine, 3 units of stand fan, 3 units of hot water dispenser, 1 large commercial rice cooker and a few packs of adult diapers. All worth approximately RM2,000/-
Profile of Lovely Nursing Center
Lovely Nursing Center was initiated by Mr Gopinath and his mother Mdm. Thanaletchumi on 11 July 1999 in Petaling Jaya in order to have vast knowledge in handling elderly citizen, terminally ill-persons and parents who have been deserted by their children. 16 years have passed, additional blocks and extensions of building have been built to the existing bungalow and today, they have 65 residents. Most of them were abandoned and referred by the Police Station, Welfare and Hospitals are being cared for by the staff and volunteers of Lovely Nursing Center. The Directors receive no salary and their salary is entirely voluntary.
Assisted by paid employees and volunteers, they take care of the entire needs of the abandoned. People from all walks of life in Petaling Jaya have been reaching out to the home and it is at occasions as such where the home received donations for provisions through generous hearted people has progressed so much. Retired pensioners, students and working adults in their spare time come by to spend time with the abandoned. As the residents come from various cultural backgrounds, the home also celebrates the various feasts.
PRESS RELEASE prepared and issued on behalf of PUTRAJAYA MARRIOTT &
PALM GARDEN HOTEL
|Lydia Mae Hendroff
Assistant Director of Marketing
Phone Number: 03-8949 8970
Mobile Number: 012-313 5358
Phone Number: 03-8943 2233
Mobile Number: 019-218 8737
PROGRAM OF THE DAY
|11:00am||Arrival of Hotel volunteers
Members of the Media
Hotel Associates, General Managers and Heads of Departments spending time with the folks – getting better acquainted with them
|11:45am||A short speech by EAM Mr Henry Chong/Mr Green prior to the toss.
Grand Yee Sang Toss with the folks & caregivers.
|12nn||Lunch is ready (Buffet style – jointly arranged by Putrajaya Marriott and Palm Garden Hotel)
Light entertainment by Putrajaya Marriott Strollers
|12:45pm||Marriott Putrajaya Associates Adlyshah and Raja Farhan of Front Office Department, presents 2 Chinese songs in accordance with the spirit of Chinese New Year especially for the folks of Lovely Nursing Center.|
|1:30pm||Goodie bags and Ang Pow hand-out by
Gifts are handed out to both the folks and the caregivers at the home.
|2:15pm||The occasion ends.|