Disadvantaged women power festive bazaar

Colourful badges and coasters were available for sale for a good cause. — Photos: IBRAHIM MOHTAR/The Star

A HAUNTED house, games, fashion and food! Those were the perfect ingredients for a party.

And that’s precisely what 500 people experienced last Sunday at Pure Life Society’s family-themed Deepavali bazaar.

It was held on the grounds of the society’s headquarters in Batu 6 Puchong; and featured 40 stalls offering delectable home-cooked meals, cookies, cakes, fruit juice, books and fashion apparel for sale, as well as activities such as face painting and mehendi art (henna art).

Girls from the Pure Life Society‘s skills unit selling their potted plants.
Girls from the Pure Life Society‘s skills unit selling their potted plants.

The event was held to benefit women from disadvantaged communities.

“We wanted to give single mothers and women from underprivileged backgrounds with children the opportunity to earn some money for the coming Deepavali festival,” said Pure Life Society’s management committee executive secretary Sharmini Kanesamoorthy.

“These women are very talented and hardworking,” said Sharmini, adding that 100% of the proceeds from the sale would go to the women.

A food stall that attracted visitors with trinkets too.
A food stall that attracted visitors with trinkets too.

About 40 booths set up sold food such as Indian cookies and cakes. There were also handicrafts and fashion apparel such as Punjabi suits and kurti tops for sale.

Booths like face painting and henna drawings were very popular with the girls, while the boys indulged in the games stalls while their parents shopped for other things.

About 15 children from the Pure Life Society’s skills unit also participated by selling potted plants that they had cared for.

“We are also grateful to the students from Segi College and Brickfields Asia College (BAC) and the Girl Guides for their help in making the event joyful,” Sharmini said.

The henna painting booth was a hit with the ladies.
The henna painting booth was a hit with the ladies.

“Segi students set up the games stall, while BAC students set up the haunted house attraction,” she said, adding that 25 Girl Guides helped to manage the overall upkeep of the bazaar including its cleanliness.

The event was organised by the Pure Life Society Women’s Wing (PLSWW) and sponsored by Genting Bhd.

The PLSWW was initiated to address the socio-economic needs of women of all classes in society.

The society aims to advocate and promote women’s upliftment in the areas of education, healthcare, employment through community initiatives and advocacy, social skill workshops, self grooming and financial management.

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