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Ramadan Cheer with #MYAirportCares

Inside Story
Writer
Nadia Malyanah
The take-off ceremony for this year's Ceria Ramadan programme under #MYAirportCares.

Malaysia Airports' "Ceria Ramadan" programme benefits underprivileged children in Sepang.

Every year since 2016, through the #MYAirportCARES initiative, Malaysia Airports’ Ceria Ramadan programme has been spreading joy to underprivileged students during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. An initiative under the airport operator’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) framework known as Airport@Community, it focuses on improving the lives of the various communities surrounding the airports operated by Malaysia Airports. For this year’s Ceria Ramadan programme, 88 students from the district of Sepang, where KLIA and klia2 operate, were selected from SK Cyberjaya, SK Bukit Tampoi and SK Sungai Melut.

Previously, Malaysia Airports would sponsor eligible students by taking them out to choose their own outfits for the Eid celebrations that mark the end of Ramadan. The students would also receive packets containing duit raya (the traditional practice of gifting money to children) and a bag of goodies. However, due to restrictions imposed under the ongoing Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to contain the spread of COVID-19, the programme ran a bit differently this year. This time around, Malaysia Airports took the proactive step of pre-purchasing items such as dry food, toiletries and health kits as well as chocolate hampers from their retail partners to be distributed to these underprivileged students, who also received a duit raya packet each.

The contribution handover ceremony was held at the Malaysia Airports Corporate Office.
The contribution handover ceremony was held at the Malaysia Airports Corporate Office.

The Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malaysia Airports, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said, “Malaysia Airports remains equally committed to easing the public’s burden caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as to continue spreading the joy of Aidilfitri – in line with our branding promise of Hosting Joyful Connections.”

This year’s handover ceremony at the Malaysia Airports Corporate Office lobby was a relatively modest affair, as Malaysia Airports officers handed over contributions totalling RM84,000 to the representatives of all three schools with social distancing practices in place. The #MYAirportCARES volunteers from the Aviation Safety (AVSEC) and the Aviation Fire and Rescue Services (AFRS) departments had also ensured the successful delivery and distributions of all the contributions to the schools.

From left: The Ceria Ramadan handover events held at SK Cyberjaya, SK Bukit Tampoi and SK Sungai Melut.
From left: The Ceria Ramadan handover events held at SK Cyberjaya, SK Bukit Tampoi and SK Sungai Melut.

Other than the Ceria Ramadan programme, #MYAirportCARES also supported the nation’s efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19. Through this initiative, Malaysia Airports contributed a total of 2,000 comfort kits to the front liners at Hospital Sungai Buloh, which is the main COVID-19 referral hospital in the country. These comfort kits each contained a sleeping bag, toiletries, a towel and chocolates. Other efforts carried out under #MYAirportCARES included a fundraiser programme within the Malaysia Airports’ workforce to fund the distribution of berbuka puasa (breaking of fast) meals for almost 4,000 frontline workers at KUL who work around the clock to ensure safety standards are followed at the airport.

Distribution of meals to front liners for the breaking of fast that was held at KLIA (L) and klia2 (R).
Distribution of meals to front liners for the breaking of fast that was held at KLIA (L) and klia2 (R).

Malaysia Airports thanks the airport community at KUL for their generous contribution to the #MYAirportCARES Iftar Meal Fundraising Drive, which was held throughout the month of Ramadan.

Over RM10,000 was raised to prepare meals every week for the airport front liners serving the nation at the country's gateway. The meals were distributed to the aviation security personnel, terminal services workers and CARE ambassadors at the airport for them to break their fast and enjoy their dinner. Terima kasih!

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