ABOVE: Some of the shoppers who couldn't resist a photo-session. (Pictures by Ruwaidy Mat Rasul and aNt)
Friends, it is one thing to have a big organisation sponsor a Christmas event for your Society.
It is quite another - and often quite rare - when a top representative of the Company decides to stay back and get to know members of your group at the function.
Usually when things like these are done, one has to hear a lot of speeches. Then it's time to pose endlessly in front of the glare of media flashlights until the organisers are satisfied before one gets to enjoy what one came for.
None of this was the case with our Christmas Outing that was sponsored fully by Cititel Mid Valley and Boulevard Hotels on December 17 this month.
The media idea really came from Petpositive. We wanted to highlight to everyone not to forget the importance of spreading some good cheer for disabled and elderly people during special occasions.
And when it was carried out, everything was done discreetly.
The top rep whom I was referring to is Huang Chia Ming, who made the magic happen for 60 disabled and elderly members of Petpositive.
And this was the second time that Cititel and Boulevard was doing this! The last one was during Xmas of 2006.
Chia Ming (Below) is Communications Manager of Boulevard Hotel and Cititel Mid Valley at Mid Valley City in Lingkaran Syed Putra in Kuala Lumpur.
He stayed with us during the almost six hours of our Petpositive Xmas Outing. The next day, he wrote me a letter which I thought is apt for us to reflect on during this special time of giving and sharing.
Merry Xmas everybody!
Chia Ming's letter:
How can I describe it…exhilarating and an eye-opener.
That’s how I described yesterday gathering with the physical disabled people at Cititel, Boulevard, Mid Valley Megamall and Gardens Galleria.
It was so wonderful to be able to see them enjoying their time with us. I know most of them have never been out to dine at the restaurants, or feel the wonderful spirit of Christmas at our malls, let alone, having a great time swimming at Boulevard Hotel.
I am glad we are able to do this wonderful gesture to this special group of people. It makes me think that, while as able as I am, I should do also my part to support as much as I can, these special ones.
I truly enjoyed myself yesterday, although I was tired at the end of the day, but the satisfaction to be among all of you has been overwhelming.
Thank you, Anthony, for giving us the opportunity to be with you and your friends again.
I truly salute you and your friends.
I would like to leave you with a quote from the late Oren Arnold, a journalist from The Houston Chronicle, a humorist and novelist :
“Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!