12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) -- Nur Fateha Romdan, 16, who stays at the Rahoma Darul Fikir charity home for underprivileged children, couldn't contain her excitement when she won the Sahur Charity Sweep challenge organised by Tesco Stores Malaysia Sdn Bhd recently.

This was because the prize, for Nur Fateha and her three friends, was to grab as many cookies and groceries as possible worth RM2,500 from Tesco shelves.

With glee, they managed to fill up five trolleys within 20 minutes containing their favourite cookies and groceries, all of which would come in handy throughout the fasting month.

"Besides my favourite cookies, the four of us have decided to take all the food that we have never eaten. We want to share them with our 55 friends aged between seven and 17 at the home," she told Bernama after the prize giving on July 9.

As champions, they also received a shopping voucher worth RM3,000.

Nur Fateha, whose father is a balloon peddlar with a meagre income, said she and her other two siblings have been living in Rahoma Darul Fakir for the past two years with their "adopted" mother at the home in Taman Melati.

With seven children, her father could not afford to bring them up, which was why the three siblings were adopted by the charity home.

Rahoma Darul Founder and President Datuk Faridah Omar Shah, who is also 'umi' (or mother in Arabic) for the underprivileged children, aged between seven to 17, said she was so grateful to Tesco Stores Malaysia for organising what was surely an unforgettable event for the children.

"We are never short of food supplies as there are always some organisations ready to sponsor us. Such programmes bring immense joy to the kids," she said.

"It’s just so priceless, to see the smiles on their faces," Faridah said of the event for underprivileged kids organised by Tesco Stores Malaysia Sdn Bhd in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadhan to help charity homes.

Tesco Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Georg Fischer said the British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer aimed to create tangible contribution and add value for communities as a caring corporate citizen.

From July 9 till August 3, Tesco Malaysia would distribute over 55,000 packets of 'bubur lambuk' or rice porridge to customers at 22 of its stores in eight states in the country as well as to police and fire stations and various charity organisations.