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VIP treatment for the visually impaired


(From right) G Hotel director of security and safety Aruldass Rajoo, hotel communications director Christina Tan, St Nicholas Home warden S. Manogran and executive assistant manager Jaya Nazreen serving the St Nicholas Home residents at the buffet dinner at Taste Cafe. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

(From right) G Hotel director of security and safety Aruldass Rajoo, hotel communications director Christina Tan, St Nicholas Home warden S. Manogran and executive assistant manager Jaya Nazreen serving the St Nicholas Home residents at the buffet dinner at Taste Cafe. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

RESIDENTS of St Nicholas Home for the Blind broke fast like VIPs at G Hotel Gurney this Ramadan in Penang.

Twenty-five of them were invited to sample an array of traditional Malay dishes and some Western dishes at the hotel’s Taste Cafe which boasts a classy ambiance.

Asma Abdullah, who is visually impaired, said it washer first time dining at a five-star hotel.

“It’s a good experience dining in such a nice hotel.

“The food was really tasty and I got to enjoy different types of food which I have never tried before,” said the 16-year-old from Kelantan.

She added that she enjoyed the briyani and chicken dishes the most.

Another resident Mohd Farhan Nor Hayalim, 21, said his favourite treats were the desserts.

“I enjoy the cakes and jellies served.

“They are simply delicious,” he said.

Mohd Farhan, who is learning foot reflexology and various types of massages at St Nicholas Home, said he was happy to be remem-bered this festive season and treated like a VIP at the restaurant.

G Hotel general manager Michael Hanratty said Ramadan emphasised the importance of showing empathy and compassion to others.

“In line with this, our teams brought the St Nicholas residents to enjoy and unwind at our restaurant.

“It was such a priceless experience to see the smiles of the residents as they enjoyed the buffet dinner,” he said.

After the dinner, the hotel’s department heads gave out green packets to the St Nicholas Home residents.

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