Eighty children from two charity homes were treated to a breaking-of-fast meal at the Olla Restaurant in Granada Hotel, and were pleasantly surprised to meet with Marvel’s Ironman and Spiderman as well as Star Wars’ character, Darth Vader!
|Guess who else were at the Ramadan event at Hotel Granada?|
After the children – boys and girls aged between five to 16 years – from charity homes, Pertubuhan Sosial dan Kebajikan Sari Saujana and Raudhatul Maryam, had said their Maghrib prayers (that marked the breaking-of-fast), they happily helped themselves to colourful cakes and desserts, as well as refreshing ice-lollies.
Just as they were settling down to start their main meal, the atmosphere was suddenly charged with excitement when the Master of Ceremony announced that they would be joined by special guests.
|The boys surged forward to mob the costumed characters!|
At the appearance of the costumed characters, the children could no longer keep to their seats but surged forward to mob them and touch their costumes, maybe to find out it was for real!
As Spidey struck his classic agile pose as though he was shooting a web, the light on the breast of Ironman’s armour blinked reassuringly and while Darth Vader swished his dark robe and waved his light sabre, the youngsters were thrilled to bits…
This annual charity event was part of the hotel’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme in caring for the less fortunate and giving back to the community.
|Hotel general manager, Alan Tan [Right; wearing dark blue]|
helping the young guests to desserts from the buffet.
Most of the young guests were at the hotel for the very first time and with the help of the staff and hotel general manager, Alan Tan, they served the guests from the sumptuous spread designed in the theme, Citarasa Malam Samudera Buffet.
“We believe that in this holy month, extending our helping hand would make someone’s day and today, it belongs to these children,” said Tan.
“Hosting the Ramadan buffet is just one of the ways of sharing this wonderful festive season with them and contributing packages of daily necessities will help them in preparing for the coming celebrations,” he added.
In addition, the hotel also contributed duit raya in green packets that were presented to each child by Group Chief Operating Officer, Jeslin Chong.
|The chef was helping the young ladies to their meal at Olla.|
This event was successfully accomplished with the partnership of co-sponsors, Handal Indah Causeway Link which provided chartered buses to ferry the children to and from the event and Tiong Nam Logistics Holdings Bhd which sponsored gift packages that included bags of rice and daily necessities, to both the charity homes.
The appearance of the costumed characters was generously arranged by Apizzero Cosplay.
Once the children were familiar with the layout of the buffet spread, they enjoyed a leisurely meal and happily helped themselves to more of their favourite items.
|GM Alan Tan [Right] looks on while Group Operating|
Officer, Jeslin Chong, presents the children with duit raya.
With stomachs satisfied, the young guests and their carers went to perform their Terawih prayers in an allocated room, before leaving the hotel with pleasant memories of their special Ramadan treat at Hotel Granada.
The Citarasa Malam Samudera Buffet at Olla Restaurant is being served from now till June 12, priced at RM99 nett per adult and RM59 nett per child aged from four to 11 years.
Olla Restaurant is at the lobby level of Hotel Granada Johor Baru, located at 55, Jalan Indah 15/2, Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Baru, Johor.
For enquiries and reservations, Tel: +607 – 231 8805 or +6016 – 772 7352.
For more info, visit website: www.careluxuryhotels.com/hotel-granada.