Sweet gesture with ‘sweet’ tree – THE STAR


Shining bright: The Christmas charity tree that is placed in the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. There are 15,080 pieces of colourful macarons that make up the tree.

Shining bright: The Christmas charity tree that is placed in the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. There are 15,080 pieces of colourful macarons that make up the tree.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Christmas tree filled with macarons lights up to the delight of both children and adults who were at a hotel here to witness it.

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently launched its Christmas Charity Tree 2015 by lighting it up – signifying the start of this year’s Christmas charity campaign.

The initiative is part of the hotel’s annual charity project titled “Embrace the Gift of Life” that helps children suffering from severe heart ailments.

Themed “Magical Macaron Christmas”, the tree stands at 6.5m tall, with a total of 15,080 pieces of colourful macarons put together to form 200 miniature macaron Christmas trees.

These macaron trees are then stacked on 10 tiers that rotate in alternating directions.

Organisations and individuals are invited to sponsor a miniature macaron Christmas tree with a minimum donation of RM1,000; and in return the donors’ names or company logos will be displayed against each macaron tree.

Proceeds will go to children who are in urgent need of funds for immediate surgery and medical care.

Funds raised from this year’s Christmas charity will be given to seven children.

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lum­pur area general manager Man­fred Weber said a collection box would also be placed at the front desk of the hotel for people who do not wish to sponsor the miniature macaron tree.

“They can donate any amount they want,’’ added Weber.

Soe Chee How, 39, who is the father of five-year-old Sylvia Soe Le Ru, expressed gratitude towards the hotel for the initiative.

“This campaign is very meaningful towards the families of patients as this helps to ease the financial burden, especially when patients are scheduled for an urgent surgery,” said Soe.

Sylvia is one of the seven children set to benefit from the fund. She needs RM60,000 for her surgery that will be taking place at the end of the month.

Besides lighting up the Christmas Charity Tree, Shangri-La Hotel also gave a scrumptious buffet treat to more than 100 handicapped children from Tasputra Perkim, Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman Megah and Rumah Charis, as well as those under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Source: The Star