80 needy kids treated to screening of Disney film Moana at shopping mall

Hoe taking a wefie with Niau (in yellow), other club members and children from the House of Hope prior to the screening of Disney’s animated flick Moana at GSC Gurney Plaza, Penang.

THE inspiring tale of a Polynesian princess’ adventures went down well with some 80 underprivileged children from the House of Hope in Penang.

All eyes were glued to the big screen as the animated Disney flick, Moana, played out during the Children’s Movie Day at GSC Gurney Plaza.

The kids, aged 12 and below, were also given popcorn and drinks in the recent screening organised by the Lions Club of Penang Island New Century.

Organising chairman Bryan Niau said they wanted to let the youngsters have a joyful outing together, especially with it being Christmas.

“We wanted to spread happiness and cheer. We chose this home as the children are of various races, so no one is left out,” Niau said.

The movie treat has been an annual event for the club over the past six years, with a different home enjoying the treat each year-end holiday.

Club secretary William Hoe explained that they did surveys in the beginning, and found that, while meals or gatherings were organised by other well-wishers, movie outings were rare.

“These children lack opportunities to go to the cinemas and enjoy the latest films. Hence we started this initiative,” Hoe added.

Niau, Hoe and fellow club members later presented school bags, uniforms and text books to the children, before taking them for lunch at a fast food outlet in the mall.

“Besides the movie, we also wanted to help them in other ways, and these are the most practical items they need,” Niau reasoned.

Joining them for the day were some 20 volunteers from Equator College, who helped usher the children between venues and see to their needs.

The House of Hope, located in Lorong Sempadan 2 in Air Itam, is a non-profit organisation providing aid to underprivileged families living in the Rifle Range area.

It does so through feeding, clothing, educational programmes, temporary financial relief and medical assistance, with the ultimate aim being to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope for a better future.

To find out more, visit www.houseofhope.org.my.

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