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Monday December 1, 2008
Story and photos by LIM CHIA YING
SUBANG Jaya children got to participate in a host of activities and sampled freebies during the recent Children’s Day celebration held in their constituency.
The event, held in the morning on Nov 22 at the SS18/6 Subang Jaya field, saw children coming out with their parents to join in the fun.
It was initiated by Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh while Hope Worldwide Kuala Lumpur came in to help plan and organise it.
Hope Worldwide Kuala Lumpur programme director Darick Wong said the organisation which is non-profit and non-religious was established internationally.
From three programmes in 1992, it has grown to over 150 programmes spanning six continents and 100 nations with focus on five key areas, namely children, education, health, senior citizens and volunteerism (global outreach).
“In Malaysia, Hope Worldwide has several ongoing programmes, which include operating the
clinic of Hope for the underprivileged in Sentul since 2000, food distribution programme for hardcore poor patients and families in Kuala Lumpur, school sponsorship programme as well as a mini library, among others,” said Wong.
Activities organised ranged from a stage performance by the Aseana Percussion Unit, magic show performance and also demonstration by the Subang Jaya fire department.
Several booths were set up by sponsors where children also got to sample food products.
Yeoh, who arrived at about 10am, said her reason for having a Children’s Day celebration
was to celebrate the gift of children.
“Children are often neglected in today’s busy society.
“The people of Subang Jaya have a role to play - which is to restore family values and put children back as our top most priority,” said Yeoh in her speech.
She added that identity was very important to a child, which is why she had chosen Saya Anak Malaysia as the event’s theme.
Later, NZ Best Sdn Bhd contributed RM5,000 and also 60,000 grams of Nugrow milk powder from New Zealand to Hope Worldwide Kuala Lumpur for the benefit of the poor community in Sentul as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme called “NURAL I Choose to Stay Close to My Family.’’
NZ Best representative Lily Chan said the NURAL programme teaches children about family bonding, early care in children, environmental care and safety and security in children.
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