Christmas comes early for 35 underprivileged children from two JB homes

IT was an early Christmas for some 35 orphans from Villa Paulos and Berkat Childrens Home as they had an afternoon filled with joy and laughter at Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & SPA.

Children from the two homes arrived at the resort with their faces  lit up with much excitement, accompanied by the home caretakers.

Welcoming them were the resort’s CEO Indra Gandhi Pillai, operations manager Aaron Daniel and F&B manager John Ong. Present also was Lotus Group CEO Tan Sri R. Doraisingam Pillai who was delighted to meet and greet the children.

“Christmas is a time of giving and sharing so  we felt to give back to the community,” said Indra Gandhi.

The children, aged between seven and 17 years had fun and gala time taking part in the various games lined up for them.

Before dusk the highlight of the day was the Christmas tree lighting ceremony by R. Doraisingam.

The resort’s staff sang the Christmas carols and mesmerised the audience with their wide repertoire of songs.

Tan Sri R. Doraisingam (in long sleeve batik) lit up the Christmas tree much to the applause of all present.


The Christmas tree featured dazzling lights, festive decorations and was made out of coconut husk – a unique choice of material reflecting a commitment to eco-friendly practices and a celebration of nature’s versatility.

The children had a gallivant time dipping themselves in the pool and also relished themselves at the water theme park.

A  hotel staff donned the Santa Claus outfit and made a surprise appearance during the start of the celebrations.

R. Doraisingam said Christmas is about giving, and the best gift one could give a child is love by putting a smile on their faces.

“As these children had never experience such an activity, we are glad we could do our small part.”

Indra Gandhi noted that she was delighted that this Christmas they were able to invite two welfare homes.

“These children do not get opportunities to visit resorts as they are not in a position,” she stressed.

(Left to right) Esther Pang, Pugalenthi, Shalini and James Goh sharing a light moment.


Esther Pang Yu Xuan, 16, was excited and happy to have come to the resort.

Esther who has been living in Villa Paulos for the past ten years said, “It was indeed a dream come true and I cherished every moment here.”

Pugalenthi Athissvran, 15, said this was his first trip to a resort.

“At least I get the feel of Christmas much early and was able to take part in the games.”

Moreover, Pugalenthi who has two other siblings living in the home said he enjoyed the water theme park very much.

Shalini Vadivelo, 16, said this is her maiden visit to a resort and it’s an altogether new experience.

James Goh Yee Siang, 14, enjoyed every moment he was at the resort.

Furthermore, the 14-year-old said it was very thoughtful and kind gesture for the staff of the resort to show them around and treat them respectfully.

Each children received goodie bags and had a grand dinner at the coffee house. – Dec 17, 2023

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