The Joy of Giving - 6th Annual Grant A Wish

Ipoh Parade Gives Back To The Community This Christmas

 “To give up one's very self, to think only of others, how to bring the greatest happiness to others, that is the true meaning of Christmas”, a phrase associated closely to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843). It is in this spirit that Ipoh Parade launched its annual “Grant A Wish” tradition. Exclusive to Ipoh Parade, “Grant A Wish” paves way to encourage the public to share the joy of Christmas with underprivileged children.

For this year’s event, Ipoh Parade aimed to fulfil the wishes of more than 100 children from various orphanages around the city. Each child’s wish was showcased on a display board located at the mall’s Main Concourse area, where anyone who desires to grant their wishes can then donate the gifts into the donation box. The donation box was placed by the information counter at the Ground Floor, where tenants and shoppers were encouraged to donate the gifts from 25 November till 22 December.

Be it brand new gifts, pre-loved items, or cash, donations from shoppers were welcomed which will make the season of giving all the more memorable for many children in need. Any cash donations that was received meanwhile was used by Ipoh Parade to purchase gifts for children whose wishes remain on the board.

The gift presentation and unwrapping ceremony was held on 26 December with the presence of all the participating homes which includes Good Shepherd Family Home,Precious Gift Home, Salvation Army Ipoh Boy Home, Vision Home, Pertubuhan Anak-Anak Yatim & Miskin (Anning Ipoh), Ipoh Christian Centre (Agape Family) and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru.

Additionally, as part of the campaign, celebrity beatboxer Shawn Lee and the Rejuvenate Dance Crew joined the Ipoh Parade team on two occasions to further promote the event: first on 2 December during the press conference for “Grant A Wish” at Ipoh Parade, where Shawn & Rejuvenate crew spoke about the campaign and perform later in the evening, then on 26 December during the gift presentation and unwrapping ceremony where they performed again and engage with the children.

“Christmas has and always will be about giving and sharing,” said Chan Yu Yin, Centre Manager of Ipoh Parade. “Being a mall for the community, we would want to make sure that the spirit of Christmas penetrates the very fabric of our society, and that we remember to provide and care for our brothers and sisters in need, especially the young ones. No gift will be greater to us than seeing the joy and excitement reflected on each and every child’s face when their wishes are granted”.

In conjunction with the Christmas celebration, this year Ipoh Parade has come up with English garden themed mall decoration to our shoppers to enjoy. The 30ft giant Christmas tree was the first of its kind in Ipoh and according to the Centre Manager, Chan Yu Yin “we wanted to bring back the classical Christmas ambience to the mall during this year and we hope that during the long holiday season IPM will be a favourite destination for shoppers who would like to spend their family time here”.