theSun Cares for the less fortunate

A homeless man getting his haircut during the event. — Sunpix by Zulfadhli Zaki and Shahrill Basri
Homeless people line up for goodies at theSun Cares for the homeless event. — Sunpix by Zulfadhli Zaki and Shahrill Basri
Homeless children playing with bubbles at theSun Cares homeless event. — Sunpix by Zulfadhli Zaki and Shahrill Basri
Homeless children at theSun Cares homeless event. — Sunpix by Zulfadhli Zaki and Shahrill Basri

KUALA LUMPUR: Instead of distributing newspapers for the day, theSun collaborated with Pertiwi Soup Kitchen to provide the homeless and urban poor with food, essential goods and clothes at the temporary transit shelter centre along Jalan Medan Tuanku 2 last Friday.

The children were also entertained with clowns giving out balloons and theSun staff, donned in red T-shirts, distributing toys.

theSun team had prepared 300 bags that were transported by lorries to the centre for distribution.

The collection had been begun much earlier with necessary items consisting of face towels, socks, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, sanitary pads, mosquito coils, drinks and biscuits.

The men, meanwhile, were given free haircuts by two brothers from Moza Salon and Boutique Studios and an independent volunteer.

One of them, who had huge, curly hair, described his stylish hair cut as "feeling handsome and clean" saying he had not cut his hair for several months.

Baby items were also handed out as some were seen carrying their children in strollers that were parked outside the premises.

Cradle of Love Association, which was taking part for the first time in such an initiative, provided packets of powdered baby milk.

Clothes and shoes, which had been collected from theSun's various departments' employees, were quickly snapped up.

The employees had also collected some RM2,000 to add onto theSun Cares Fund's RM5,000 that was used to purchase the items.

Also present at the event was theSun managing director Chan Kien Sing and managing editor Freddie Ng.

Chan, who applauded Pertiwi's work, described the project "as part of our own corporate social responsibility programme to appreciate the initiative done by them".

"It is a noble effort by Pertiwi and after seeing the situation on the ground, we would like to continue working with them.

"We are also proud that theSun's team had made a huge effort to contribute their time and energy. We hope this form of generosity continues to help those struggling with their livelihood," he added.