EXCITEMENT was written all over the faces of Sofiah Balqis Amran, 10, and her sister Safiah Batrisya, six, when they got to choose their own festive clothes at the Free Market Raya in Penang.
The siblings were seen trying out pre-loved dresses and blouses at the market at an alley in Chulia Street recently.
Their single mother Farhi Hanim Abdul Malek, 33, said her three children including her eldest son Hanif Mustaqim Amran, 13, understood her financial situation and did not pester her for new Raya clothes.
While packing her clothes into a backpack, Sofiah said she was so happy as she got to take home about 10 dresses.
“I cannot wait to go home and try them on,” she said.
Co-organised by The Gagaks (a non-governmental organisation) and Anjung Singgah shelter in Penang, the event offered pre-loved clothes and free haircuts for the homeless and underprivileged.
The Gagaks northern corres-pondent Nor Azida Mat Nayan said they wanted everyone especially the needy to enjoy Hari Raya just like others.
“The event is also held to create awareness about the home, which is a temporary shelter for homeless folk,” she said.
She added that each visitor was given dates, bun and water in a goodie bag.