FOR any orphan, the sight of seeing other children enjoying festivities with their loved ones can be painful at times.
Having lost their parents at a tender age, they may not have the opportunity of sharing love and care with their family and relatives.
Realising their plight, Family, Community Welfare, Housing and Local Government Committee Chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim decided to organise a program to give them a wholesome Hari Raya Aidilfitri experience.
Called the ‘Jom Shopping Raya Bersama 700 Orang Anak Yatim Seluruh Perak’ program, Rusnah spent time with orphans from around the state at Mydin Meru.
“These children have never shopped in a big group, so the state government and Perak Welfare Department decided to bring children from 23 orphanages to shop at Mydin Meru.”
A total of 730 children were given RM100 each in contribution to shop for clothes and shoes at Mydin to experience festive shopping.
In previous years, the Welfare Department channelled contributions directly to the orphanages to be distributed to the children.
This time around, they wanted to make it interesting for the children.
“We all have gone through this during our childhood.
“Children will always get excited when we do Raya shopping.
“Some of these orphans have not experienced this at all and this is why we brought them here to feel what Raya is all about.
“They may not be able to feel the love from family members during Raya, so we take the responsibility to keep them happy,” she said.
Rusnah said another 400 children would benefit from the program and they would be passing the allocation to other Muslim orphanages in the state.
“Mydin Meru could not fit more than 1,000 children, so we could only bring 730 here. So, for today, we contributed about RM73,000 to them.
“It was so nice to see the smiles on their faces.
“This is the least we could do to make their Raya experience a merry one.”
Rusnah together with Perak Welfare Department director Rosmawati Ishak followed the children and suggested what clothes and shoes to buy for Raya.
Pushing their trolleys with eagerness, many of the children were seen getting traditional clothes like baju Melayu, baju kurung, traditional robes and samping. There were also some who decided to go contemporary by getting themselves shirts, tees and casual shoes.