On November 21, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur announced its annual charity project, Embrace the Gift of Life, to support children with severe heart ailments and other serious medical conditions. Originally launched in 1985, the annual program has raised over RM4 million (about USD986,558) to date and has supported hundreds of children who are critically ill.
This year’s Tree of Life was inspired by Shangri-La Group’s festive theme, A North Pole Wonderland. Sales of the expertly-crafted ornaments will support medical procedures of five children, including:
Five-year-old Mia Syamila Binti Che Aziz, who is diagnosed with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage (TAPVD) where the blood flow returning from the lungs are draining abnormally. Mia is currently awaiting to undergo surgery with an estimated cost of RM70,000 (about USD17,265);
One-year-old Leong Sum Ee, who is diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease. Leong has a hole in her heart and the vessels to the lungs are blocked. She will need to undergo Cardiac Cath and Corrective surgery with an estimated cost of RM70,000 (about USD17,265);
Six-year-old Nurulain Binti Shahrin, who was born with Congenital Heart Disease as well as suffers from Situs Inversus, Dextrocardia, CCTGA, Pulmonary Valve Stenosis, ASD and VSD. The Fontan operation will be her third surgery after undergoing a BT Shunt surgery and Glenn Shunt surgery in 2014 and 2016, respectively. This time, the estimated cost for her surgery is RM80,000 (about USD19,731);
Four-month-old Muhammad Ahnaf Dayyan Bin Muhamad Azihan, who is diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect and is to undergo a VSD closure surgery at an estimated cost of RM50,000 (about USD12,332);
And six-month-old Muhammad Faris Habibullah, who was born with Coarctation of the aorta, a birth defect in which a part of the aorta is narrower than usual and Ventricular Septal Defect, where there is a hole in his heart. He will undergo surgery for VSD closure and PA debanding at an estimated cost of RM80,000 (about USD19,731).
Six variations of Hot Air Balloon ornaments, designed and skillfully handmade by Executive Pastry Chef Roberto Hernandez and his team, are arranged on 10 rotating tiers on the giant Christmas Tree. The Hot Air Balloon ornaments come in bright colors such as red, orange, baby blue, green, pink, and ocean blue, symbolizing the gift of hope and a second chance at life to children with serious ailments.
Organizations and individuals are welcomed to support this annual fund-raising charity by sponsoring any of the six ornaments with a minimum donation of RM1,000 (about USD247) each or select any of the five limited edition designs at a minimum donation of RM3,000 (about USD740) each. The hotel also accepts donations at the front desk or online. The donor’s name or company logo will be displayed below each set of ornaments. Proceeds will be collected for the children who are in urgent need of immediate surgery and medical care.