Big-hearted Malaysians Team Up with LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort AND LEGO To Fulfill Cancer Child's Wish. Print

BIG-HEARTED MALAYSIANS TEAM UP WITH LEGOLAND® MALAYSIA RESORT AND LEGO TO FULFILL CANCER CHILD’S WISH

KUALA SELANGOR, 28 September 2016 – LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort and LEGO® Malaysia today teamed up with a group of kind-hearted Malaysians to present 11-year-old terminally-ill cancer patient Muhammad Danish Maarif with LEGO gifts at his home in Kuala Selangor.

Danish, who loves LEGO and whose biggest wish is to visit LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort, was greeted by popular LEGO character mascots, LEGO Darth Vader, LEGO Builder and LEGO Policeman and was surrounded by LEGO toys contributed by LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort, LEGO and donations through the group of Malaysians. The team has also decorated his room with items in adventure theme to make it looks like a LEGOLAND Hotel room as much as possible.

Brought to the public’s attention by a group of Malaysians led by Wan Shahriza Wan Ab Rahman, the plan was to bring LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort to Danish after doctors declared him too ill to travel after the cancer had spread across his body and he has been sent home to rest. According to Wan Shahriza, Danish loves LEGO and one of his biggest wish was to go to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort.

“We were touched by what we’ve read in the papers over the weekend. It’s a heartbreaking story for us as every child deserves the right to play and build their dream. Despite not being able to bring Danish to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort, we hope we were able to bring LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort to him. I am really thankful to the people involved in helping Danish and bringing this matter to the public,” said Young Pil Kim, Interim General Manager at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort.

“We teamed up with LEGOLAND and also LOM-LUG, the LEGO user group in Malaysia to come to his house and throw him a LEGO building party - we build with him and share his imagination. Special thanks to the 501st Legion Malaysia Outpost too, they wanted to come in costume when they heard that Danish is a Star Wars fan” said Dick Yoong, Country Manager at LEGO® Malaysia.

The team is honored to be able to share a memorable day with Danish and his family along with all his favorite LEGO boxes and the team also hope to be able to host him and his family a fun day out at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort if his condition gets better.'


Danish musters some energy in all excitement and unboxes one of his many gifts from LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort and LEGO

Danish with the Star Wars Storm Troopers, Darth Vader  and  LEGO mascots who were present to meet him
Danish, smiling, happy to receive LEGO toys and merchandises delivered to him Some of the many LEGO toys delivered to Danish, in the hopes of fulfilling his wish

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About LEGO®

The LEGO® Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family who founded it in 1932. It is the LEGO philosophy that ‘good quality play’ enriches a child’s life – and lays the foundation for later adult life. We believe that play is a key element in children’s growth and development and stimulates the imagination and the emergence of ideas and creative expression. All LEGO products are based on this underlying philosophy of learning and development through play.

About LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort 

The LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort brings together a LEGOLAND Theme Park, Water Park and Hotel in one LEGO® themed location. It is a family holiday destination with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions and designed for families with children aged 2-12. It’s the first of its kind in Asia and offers adventure, education and fun for action-packed day trips or short break destination. 

About Merlin Entertainments 

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 109 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 26,000 employees (peak season).  Merlin currently has thirteen attractions in Asia including Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Wuhan, China; the fantastic LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort with its theme park, hotel and water park; world leading aquaria in Busan, Bangkok and Shanghai, - underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator; LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; with one more just opened in Istanbul.   New LEGOLAND Parks will also open in Dubai in 2016 and Japan and South Korea in 2017.  Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

About Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd.

Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd., (formerly known as Cameron Highlands Holdings Sdn. Bhd.) is an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations in Malaysia. Established by the Malaysian Government’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, TAR&H serves as a catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry by bringing premier world-class hotels, resorts, golf courses and attractions to the region. Its current key investment portfolio comprises of Desaru Coast - Malaysia’s first integrated luxury destination, LEGOLAND® Malaysia - the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the first in Asia, KidZania Kuala Lumpur &KidZania Singapore - an indoor family education and entertainment centre, PuteriHarbour South – a quay side lifestyle retail and family entertainment complex, SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN – the first of its kind outside of Japan, Little Big Club – a single themed attraction that is home to five popular global characters and Hotel Jen PuteriHarbour at the luxury waterfront of PuteriHarbour, Nusajaya, along with the award winning The Datai Langkawi and the first Els Club in Southeast Asia – The Els Club TelukDatai in Langkawi. The Els Club Malaysia will add two more championship golf courses to its stable with the opening of The Els Club Desaru Coast and The Els Club Desaru Valley, both located in Desaru Coast.   

Working with renowned global and local partners and brands, TAR&H aims to be the leading Leisure & Tourism Group bringing world-class destinations to South East Asia, creating over 1,500 jobs.