Bon Estates gives back in Chinese New Year spirit

Company wraps up celebrations with a RM24,000 pledge to worthy charitable organisations.

Entertaining Lion Dance performance by Khuan Loke Troupe

26 February, BANGSAR – An event-filled Chinese New Year period for new-age developer Bon Estates Sdn Bhd culminated in a final open house celebration yesterday, which saw the company give back to the community in the true spirit of the season.

In addition to offering up a healthy spin on New Year gastronomical delights, as well as plenty of entertainment and activities for the children, guests at the event held at the Bon Estates Gallery in Bangsar witnessed the presentation of two RM12,000 cheques to two charitable organisations: The Good Samaritan Home and Epic Homes.

Bon Estates Marketing Director Angeline Liau explained the amount was raised via a key Chinese New Year event held earlier on February 10th which drew sizeable participation and showcased a novel selection of pop-up retailers among many other highlights, which ultimately helped contribute to the funds raised.

“Our February 10th event ushered in the New Year by capturing the spirit of the five elements, which is the underlying philosophy that defines our name ‘Bon’. One of the key principles we celebrate is how these elements are interdependent and work together in harmony to bring balance to our environment. In the same spirit, we believe society itself is interdependent and we need to support and empower each other if we are to collectively enjoy a better community living standard,” Liau said.

The first recipient of RM12,000, The Good Samaritan Home (GSH), is a home for children which was founded in 1999. The home focuses on children who have been abandoned, are victims of a broken family or orphaned. Currently, GSH is home to 28 children that are aged between 3 and 17, and it provides for not just their physical and material needs, but also emotional and psychological needs given their turbulent histories.

Meanwhile, Epic Homes is a non-profit initiative on a mission to provide sustainable homes for underprivileged communities. Currently focused on the indigenous Orang Alsi of Peninsular Malaysia, the organisation aims to build relationships between the urban and rural divide through the activity of building homes. This activity not only provides crucial roofs over their heads but vitally connects underprivileged communities with a larger community that genuinely cares for them – by seeking to understand their challenges and working together to find solutions.

“In a larger sense, this latest event on Sunday was an opportunity to connect with our surrounding community once again in a very Malaysian open-house atmosphere; it was also an extension of our five elements philosophy and the positive contributions this brings to our sense of harmony, community and collective wellbeing. Importantly, it was a great platform to bring heightened awareness to these outstanding charitable organisations and tug at heartstrings during the festive season,” Liau said.

Proving both enlightening and fulfilling, Bon Estates’ open house Chinese New Year celebration served up its trademark hospitality for guests in the form of scrumptious delights expertly served up by health-food culinary specialist The Good Co.

While visitors enjoyed a festive ambience of good food and entertainment, children had an opportunity to participate in a “Cute Pug” do-it-yourself origami workshop.
The main highlight was, of course, a powerful Lion Dance performance to mark a prosperous start of the year for all.

Commenting on Bon Estates’ enthusiasm for the year ahead, Managing Director Goh Soo Sing said the company is moving towards the completion of its flagship project The Estate @ South Bangsar at promising pace, while it is also thoroughly looking forward to unveiling its latest endeavour, Bon Kiara, later in the year.

“Importantly, as we progress forward, we want to constantly engage with the community through events such as this, because connecting with the greater community is very much in the spirit of what Bon Estates is all about. It is line with our whole development philosophy, which is not just to improve lives through our developments, but also look at ways our we can contribute to and enrich the surrounding community… to make a positive impact on the built ecosystem,” he said.

“Similarly, we want to continue to work with and expand our engagement with positive contributors to society, such as The Good Samaritan Home and Epic Homes. This has always been our approach to development, because we honestly believe that through the exchange of ideas, shared beliefs and common goals, we can embrace a collective spirit of innovation and bring positive change to the way we choose to live in the future. The ‘Good Life’ is, after all, a universal aspiration that we can all play a part in realising,” Goh said.

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