SUNWAY Hotel Georgetown kicks off the Year of the Monkey with a joyful start by hosting a dinner for residents of the Penang Cheshire Home.
The hotel personnel tossed yee sang with the residents,who also enjoyed a variety of other delicious dishes as well.
The home’s therapy assistant Salinder Vathi said they had 55 physically handicapped residents, who suffer from Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia and other disabilities.
“Our members are highly trained in making handicraft items such as hand towels, pencil bags and sling bags.
“We sell these materials at the Garages’ sale every month,” she said at the recent dinner.
Hotel general manager P. Nagaswaran handed angpow and mandarin oranges to the home’s residents.
“We believe in giving back to the society and helping the needy as part of our community project.
“For the Year of the Monkey, we decided to celebrate it with the members of the Penang Chesire Home,” he said.
Among the recipients, Ooi Kooi Heong, 58, said she was excited about receiving an angpow and the tasty treat from the hotel.
The multiple sclerosis patient sells her handmade crafts at the Penang Hospital.
German volunteer Tom Hruschka, 18, who was helping out at the event, said he had been in Penang for the past six months.
“I decided to come to Penang to do some social work and learn about different cultures and languages.
“Helping the disabled has become a life-changing experience for me,” he said.