The children enjoyed ceramic coaster workshops by Good Times. Image from: Tropicana

Just ahead of Ramadhan, Tropicana Corporation Berhad (“Tropicana”) spread the festive cheer by hosting 600 underprivileged children at Tropicana Gardens Mall, Kota Damansara. The children, from 23 charity homes and orphanages throughout Klang Valley, were treated to hearty meals by The Chicken Rice Shop and DubuYo, as well as ceramic coaster painting workshops by Good Times.

The kids were also invited to meet their heroes at “The World of DC Exhibition”, featuring iconic characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and more. 

The charitable initiative was spearheaded by Tropicana Foundation, the Group’s charity arm. 

Hearty meals were sponsored by The Chicken Rice Shop and DubuYo. Image from: Tropicana

“As Malaysia enters the fasting month, we wanted to give back to the community and bring smiles to the face of children in need. We did this by joining hands with our retail arm, Tropicana Gardens Mall, as well as working with tenants and partners such as The Chicken Rice Shop, DubuYo and WOW Event Asia. This festive initiative is in line with Tropicana’s core focus on Redefining the Art of Caring,” said Dion Tan, Group Managing Director of Tropicana.

Taking place from 14 March to 16 March, the visits were divided into morning sessions and afternoon sessions. Each session started with a walkabout of “The World of DC Exhibition” at the Convention Centre on Level 3A of the Tropicana Gardens Mall. Running till 1 April 2023, the exhibition brought smiles to the children’s faces with life-size exhibits, costumes and interactive experiences showcasing the world’s most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains, vividly brought to life in the exhibition.

The children were treated to a visit to “The World of DC Exhibition”, courtesy of WOW Event Asia. Image from: Tropicana

The thrilling tour was followed by a luncheon or early dinner at the Food Court area on Level 3 of the mall. The Chicken Rice Shop treated the children to a delicious meal of roast chicken, while DubuYo spiced things up with honey mustard popcorn chicken. Both meal sets were served with rice and sugar-free drinks. Following the hearty meal, they enjoyed the educational ceramic coaster painting workshops, led by Good Times. Children and caretakers also received bread, fruit and bottled water to keep their energy up throughout the day.

Participating charity homes included long-term Tropicana Foundation partners such as Rumah Kasih Harmoni, the Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, Lighthouse Children’s Welfare Home, Rumah Ozanam Klang, Rumah Ozanam PJ, and Yayasan Chow Kit. Tropicana Foundation also reached out to new partners like Rumah Perlindungan Safiyyah, the First Light Girls Home, Pure Life Society and more.

“We’re so excited that our children and caretakers could have this chance to get out and enjoy this experience. It was really a good day, and I’m sure they’ll be talking about it long after we’re home. The kids definitely loved the interactive exhibits, and my personal favourite was the Wonder Woman exhibit! Thank you Tropicana Foundation for giving us this opportunity,” said Ellie Tra, Caretaker, Rumah Hope.

The charitable initiative underscored Tropicana’s commitment to engaging with and uplifting underprivileged segments of society, as part of its sustainable approach to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles. In 2022, Tropicana Foundation channelled RM3 million to charitable causes across Malaysia.

(21 March 2023)