IT WAS a refreshing sight at Persatuan Rumah Warga Emas in Klang as young volunteers were seen feeding and dancing with the senior citizens of the welfare home.
Thirty pupils from three schools in Klang, together with SP Setia Foundation, brought some Chinese New Year cheer to the home recently.
Comprising 28 residents, the home is made up of both female and male seniors aged between 55 to 92 years.
“We hope to build unity among the young children and our aim is also to bridge the gap between the young ones and seniors,” said the foundation’s chairman Tan Sri Wan Zahid Mohd Noordin.
He added that it was important to instil caring values in children and what better way to do it than through such a programme.
Launched in April last year, the Setia Caring School Programme under the foundation has adopted three underperforming schools with the aim to inspire pupils to become good role models in future.
The three schools are SK Meru Jalan Tap, SJK (C) Lee Min and SJK (T) Ladang Vallambrosa.
During the visit, pupils from the three schools were seen engaging with members from the home during breakfast and also exercising with them.
The students also helped the seniors with handicraft work after helping them wash their hands and feet.
Washing the elderly’s hands and feet was seen as a sign of respect in the past, a practice which is not done by youths nowadays.
“We will be continuing with these activities in the coming years and will strive to do more as I was really inspired after meeting the home’s caretaker, who sacrificed everything to keep this home running,” said Wan Zahid.
Opened in 2002, the home’s original location was in Southern Park in Klang before moving to Taman Sejati in 2013.
“My father started this place and he kept it running with his EPF savings. Now, my mum and I run it to continue his hard work and legacy,” said caretaker Kavitha Nanthan.
She depends on donations and public funding for the home’s basic necessities such as rental, utility bills, food and also transportation cost for hospital rounds.
“We do not turn anyone away, but we encourage the children of some seniors to pay a small fee just to help us a little,” she said.