Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur provides hot meals to the homeless and urban poor in exchange for smiles

KUALA LUMPUR, MARCH 2016 – Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur recently joined hands with Kechara Soup Kitchen to feed the homeless and urban poor, as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Programme for March 2016. A total of 21 associates from various departments within the hotel participated in this CSR activity.

The hotel associates arrived at the Kechara Soup Kitchen located off Jalan Imbi at 9.30am and had an informative orientation session with Kechara’s regular volunteers. All new volunteers are required to attend orientation which not only explained the correct procedures for packing food but also the proper interaction skills needed.

The hotel associates were then ushered into Kechara’s kitchen to get started on the meal packing process. The group was separated into two teams. The first team unloaded the pre-prepared vegetarian dishes, while the second team filled the lunch boxes and packed them with a bottle of mineral water, fresh fruits and eating utensils. In the span of an hour, the team prepared 250 lunch boxes, just in time for the afternoon crowd. The associates each took turns serving, giving a hot meal to people who arrived at the soup kitchen, in exchange for a smile. A few also took the opportunity to discuss possible job opportunities with Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur’s new executive chef, Chef Koay who happily provided his contact details.

“We chose Kechara Soup Kitchen as our partner for this month’s CSR activity because we stand by their motto which is that “Hunger Knows No Barriers”. We believe that each individual regardless of their race, gender and culture should have access to food and water. This is our first time collaborating with Kechara but we hope that this partnership will continue on far into the future”, said Mondi Mecja, General Manager of Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) requires donation from the public in order to continue on with their cause. They welcome in donations for food items such as rice, oats, milk powder as well as cooking oil and instant noodles. The soup kitchen was established in 2006 and is a registered NGO inspired by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche to help those in need. It is located at 17 Jalan Barat (Off Jalan Imbi) 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more information on the soup kitchen or for any volunteer work, please call 03-2141 6046 or email ksk@kechara.com.

About Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is a prominent landmark strategically located in the heart of the city’s banking, commercial and vibrant shopping district. A 5-star hotel with a total of 650 rooms and suites complete with international-standard amenities, it also houses an extensive selection of food and beverage outlets alongside exclusively built recreational facilities such as a children’s playground, rooftop swimming pools, a steam and sauna room, a fitness centre and squash courts. The hotel’s sophisticated meetings rooms and grand ballroom accentuated by its distinctive Meetings Excellence programme offerings, provides an excellent setting where business complements leisure. Visit online at www.berjayahotel.com/kualalumpur for more information.

About Berjaya Hotels & Resorts
Berjaya Hotels & Resorts is a member of the Berjaya Corporation Group of Companies, a public listed Malaysian conglomerate. Presently, the group manages Berjaya properties in Malaysia, Asia Pacific and UK. From the exotic island resorts of Langkawi, Tioman and Redang, to the city hotels of Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang in Malaysia, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts’ prominence extends across borders with the establishment of international hotels and resorts in Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Seychelles and United Kingdom. The group also owns and operates a commercial airline, service suites and exclusive golf & country clubs in Malaysia. Visit online at www.berjayahotel.com for more information.