KUALA LUMPUR: The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time of special importance, often marked by the gesture of mooncake-gifting and most significantly, family reunions, where all members come together to celebrate fruitful beginnings.
Unfortunately, not all families are as privileged and struggle to put food on the table, let alone host a reunion feast.
In light of this, Sunway Velocity Mall stayed true to its mission to be a community-driven mall as well as committing to elevate the surrounding communities through a mid-autumn charity project.
As part of Sunway Velocity Mall’s Luminous Autumn campaign, the mall organised a trip to PPR Desa Tun Razak to help single mothers and their families in the community who have been struggling to stay afloat especially during this pandemic.
Through the Illuminating Lives project, Sunway Velocity Mall aimed to bring hope and joy to single-parent families. The team journeyed to the homes of three single mothers.
Each home was presented with RM9,000 worth of electrical appliances and IT gadgets such as a laptop, air-fryers, multipurpose cookers, kettles, and more to ease the burdens of these families and enhance their living condition.
“Thank you Sunway Velocity Mall for providing these electrical appliances. It will definitely be a tremendous help in my day-to-day life as I juggle between work and taking care of my family,” said Nur Azni, one of the beneficiaries.
“My daughter can now study online with the new laptop, complete her school projects, improve her grades and have a better fighting chance to pursue a brighter future.”
Upon receiving two customised boxes of Luminous Autumn mooncakes, another beneficiary, Leong also expressed her gratitude as this year her daughters would be able to savour this traditional pastry – a luxury they could not afford for the past eight years.
“Mid-autumn festival is like any other day for us as we cannot afford to celebrate. Even if we have a little extra money left, we can only purchase the cheaper kuihs from the evening pasar as a replacement for mooncakes,” said Leong as she wiped a tear from her face.
She recollected how she would be busy serving tea and drinks during festivals or holidays to supplement the meagre salary she earned.
The families thanked Sunway Velocity Mall and were moved by their constant effort to help the surrounding communities.
The single mothers shared their heartfelt stories with the team from Sunway Velocity Mall. Their stories revealed struggles and downfalls but were also filled with enthusiasm and hope for their kids to grow and build a better life.
Facing illnesses themselves, some of the single mothers were not able to work and their children were required to balance between their studies and to provide for the family. Life has given them many difficult challenges, yet with much persistence and determination, they pushed through difficult storms that came their way.
“Knowing the struggles and challenges that the single mothers have gone through, we wanted to reach out, relieve their burdens, and better their household conditions. As a community-driven mall, we have a strong core value to make an impact and strive for the betterment of the whole community, leaving no one behind,” said Sunway Velocity Mall general manager Phang Sau Lian.
In light of the festival that celebrates unity and harvest, Sunway Velocity Mall wishes to bring new hope to the families and hopes this effort can help them get through this challenging time.
The Illuminating Lives CSR made a massive impact on these families, reflecting the importance Sunway Velocity Mall places on contributing to elevating the community.