Sponsor a meal at Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites
By Patricia Hului
‘Caffe sospeso’ or pending coffee refers to a cup of coffee that is paid in advance for someone in need.
The trend started in cafes in Naples, Italy where people who had experienced good luck or people of middle class would pay for an extra cup of coffee.
Then the poor would be given the coffee for free.
This trend has since been adopted by other cafes and restaurants that now incorporate the concept of suspended meals.
Here in Malaysia, instead of a cup of coffee, what the poor really need is a full meal.
Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites Kuching echoed this trend by starting a charity project called Sponsor-A-Meal, as part of their long term corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Patrons are welcome to contribute by purchasing a voucher worth RM10 to sponsor a meal.
According to Merdeka Palace marketing and communications manager Irene Law during the launching of this project on April 14, the hotel will then top up another RM10 for each voucher purchased to make up the total amount of RM20 to sponsor a meal for the needy.
The vouchers can be bought from the hotel’s F&B outlets namely Seattle Coffee & Tea, Ristorante Beccari, and Aurora Court or head to the guest service agents at the reception desk.
Donors can buy as many vouchers as they like.
“For the first meal session, we want to sponsor 100 meals for 100 people who are underprivileged,” said Law.
This project is coordinated along with the Social Welfare Council of Sarawak to arrange a meal session for the underprivileged once the target number is reached.
Food distribution will also be conducted from time to time by the hotel’s staff to the charity organisations identified by the social council.
Also present during the event was Social Welfare Council of Sarawak president Joan Irene Yong.
For further inquiries regarding Merdeka Palace’s Sponsor-A-Meal project, please call 082-258000.