ADDING A SPARKLE TO THE SEASON OF GIVING

Christmas, for most people, signifies a happy and joyous occasion to reunite with family and friends. Smart Reader® Worldwide and the Association of Professional Early Childhood Providers (APECP), however, took this opportunity to bring the Yuletide spirit and Christmas cheers into the lives of those who are less fortunate as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.On 27 December 2012, Smart Reader® Worldwide visited the Siddhartan Care Centre located at Taman Universiti, Petaling Jaya. Currently, the centre houses 35 disabled and orphaned children.

The Christmas celebrations kicked off with the staff of Smart Reader® Worldwide bringing Christmas presents and goodies to the centre. Beaming with happiness, the children gave a warm welcome to the staff. As they waited patiently for their Christmas presents to be given out, the staff of Smart Reader® Worldwide performed Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Feliz Navidad. Judging from their faces, the children were very amused at the performance.

In the spirit of spreading Christmas goodwill, the President of APECP, Shahmina Krishna distributed Christmas presents to the children of the centre, and they accepted them with sheer delight.

S.K. Manimaran, the administrator of the centre then proceeded with a performance from the children for the staff of Smart Reader® Worldwide. They did a brilliant dance routine of Jai Ho, a popular song from Slumdog Millionaire.

For the children, it was evident that the visit was a special and meaningful experience for them as they felt there are people who care for their wellbeing. On the other hand, the staff of Smart Reader® Worldwide received a valuable lesson on appreciating the things that they had taken for granted for and to spend a little more thought for the less fortunate. Smart Reader® Worldwide will continue to give back to the community in order to bring more joy to the children.

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The President of APECP, Shahmina Krishna presenting a Christmas present to one of the children from the centre.

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The staff of Smart Reader® Worldwide entertaining the children with Christmas carols.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Smart Reader® Worldwide and the children from Siddhartan Care Centre!