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In conjunction to Malaysia’s 60th National Day Celebrations, Sunway joined forces with Selangor Youth Community (SAY) on a Friday afternoon, to continue its commitment to #SUNWAYFORGOOD through the Sunway Food Program, ‘Rise Against Hunger’. Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

On the 11th of August 2017, both Sunway and SAY Community, together with Y.A.M Tengku Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah managed to pack 60,000 meals for approximately 1000 recipients including Orang Asli families and Myanmar refugee children schools in Selangor. This Sunway Food Program took place at Swan Convention Centre, in the 4th floor of Tower A of Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City, from 3.00 p.m. – 5.35 p.m.

At around 11.30 a.m., the floor marshals had arrived to set the place up, making it easier for both the Sunway and SAY Community volunteers to move and navigate systematically during the program later on. As minutes passed by, the volunteers arrived at the specific venue gradually and they waited as the floor marshals were setting up the registration counter and the sanitization process station at the designated area.

Although the program was commenced at 3.00 p.m., the volunteers were told beforehand to arrive at the venue at 2.30 p.m., in order to go through a sanitization process right after registration. The floor marshals would brief the volunteers on details as they were provided with a hair net and a pair of gloves each, as a part of the sanitization process and were assigned to their respective lines before entering the event hall.

After the registration and sanitization took place, the volunteers were sent into the event hall and the organizers allocated them to their respective tables, where the process of packaging the food would be carried out. At about 3.00 p.m., the media arrived, just as Y.A.M Tengku Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the princess of Selangor and YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Razman M. Hashim, Deputy Chairman of Sunway Group, gracefully entered the hall.

Mr. Tiki Keh, the President of ‘Stop Hunger Now’ gave a short briefing, right after the Selangor Princess’s and the Deputy Chairman’s motivational speech. As the briefing was done, the Royal Princess of Selangor, Y.A.M Tengku Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah initiated the meal packaging with a hit of the Gong.

The volunteers worked through a few processes for the meal to be boxed and readied to be distributed evenly to the poor. Filling process was the first step that the volunteers went through, where 1 level cup each of soy, dehydrated vegetables and rise were funneled into bags, together with a sachet of vitamin. Secondly, the filled bags were brought into the weighing process where the volunteers were to ensure that the meal packs weight within the range of 378-385 grams each.

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Sealing the filled and weighed packs of meals was the third process. This is where the volunteers sealed neatly over the dotted are on the pack, using an electronic sealer. The volunteers also had to make sure that the pack was properly sealed by flipping it upside down, checking for holes and spillage.       Lastly, it was the boxing process. At this final stage, the properly sealed meal packs were flattened and neatly arranged into the SHN cardboard box, as each of the boxes contained 36 meal packs.

After the 60,000 meal packaging process ended, the Gong was hit once again to end the program and call it a day. The hitting of the Gong was accompanied by a closing speech by Ms. Jane Poh, Senior General Manager, Group Brand Marketing & Communications. Everyone in the hall cheered for the great input of effort in packing the meal and of course, got into a photography session, before they helped themselves to the catered food.

-Daniya Laxmi

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