The Marché de Noël support two local programs which help children in Malaysia :
Gleneagles Charity Programme which helps children born with congenital heart defects.
which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
> Learn more about this 2 programmes :
- Gleneagles A-Heart-for-A-Heart Charity Programme (on-going since 1996) :
“We believe that the hospital should be involved in its community. We believe in giving back by creating awareness through various activities, campaigns and public forums.”– Amir Firdaus, CEO.
Every year, 10 out of 1000 babies born suffer from congenital heart disease. Some of these children who suffer from critical congenital defects require urgent financial aid because their parents have limited financial means to enable them to undergo corrective surgery.
This programme started in 1996 in collaboration with The News Straits Times. It has given more than 500 babies a chance to lead healthy lives. Their corrective surgeries were performed at Gleneagles Cardiac Centre.
Over the years other publications such as Berita Harian, Sin Chew and Harian Metro have come forward to help in publishing the plights of these children to encourage public donation. Budhist Tzu Chi Association, Malaysia Chinese Association and Lembaga Zakat have also been supporting us in this programme.
A-Heart-for-A-Heart have encouraged corporate companies and NGOs to come forward and reach out to the ones in need.
- Make-A-Wish Malaysia :
The mission of Make-A-Wish Malaysia is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Inspired by her time spent volunteering with the foundation in the United States, Sandra Kirwan decided to bring the world’s largest wish-granting organisation, Make-A-Wish, to Malaysian shores.
Following this, a team of dedicated volunteers quickly banded together, united by their belief in the Power of Wishes. After months of hard work, in late 2010, the first wish in Malaysia was granted (read Aqilah’s story below).
At any given time in Malaysia, there are over 20,000 children seeking treatment for critical illnesses. Needless to say, these children’s wishes, hopes and dreams take a back seat, as all their focus and energy, as well as their families’, are channelled into battling the illness.
Make-A-Wish Malaysia allows the child and their family to put aside their challenges for a day by immersing themselves in the activities organised on Wish Day. Each wish sees families filled with hope, strength and joy, and empowered to once again take up the fight against the medical challenges they face.
It is these magical experiences that Make-A-Wish Malaysia, and all the other Make-A-Wish foundations around the world, seek to fulfil and will continue to do so with the support of dedicated volunteers and supporters.