A TOTAL of 287 people have signed up to become volunteers for the Penang Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018.
Event coordinator Susan Kwoh Shoo Chen said the volunteers would be assigned to help out the 16 Chinese clans and associations who had agreed to take part in the miao hui (temple festival) so far.
“We’re happy with the number of people who showed their willingness to help out.
“Some of them are old-timers who have helped out in previous Penang Chinese New Year Celebrations.
“This is a good start for us,” she said at a briefing session at Khoo Kongsi in Cannon Street on Saturday.
Kwoh said the session was meant for the volunteers to get to know their respective group leaders and the associations they would be helping.
The group also walked through several streets in the heritage enclave to familiarise themselves with the area where the celebrations would be held.
In mid-Dec, Penang Chinese Clan Council (PCCC) chairman Anthony Chang announced that the council would not organise the celebrations due to a lack of cooperation and support from the Penang government.
Just four days later, Kwoh, who had been volunteering at PCCC since 1999, held a press conference to announce that she would coordinate the event and shortly later declared that large numbers of volunteers and cultural performers would be joining her.
Themed ‘Searching For the Beauty of Penang’, the celebrations will be held on Feb 25 from 4pm to 11pm.
It will cover several streets such as Lebuh King, Lebuh Bishop, Lebuh Church, Lebuh Penang, Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Lebuh Cannon and Lebuh Armenian.
Also present at the briefing session were assistant coordinators Melviin Khoo, Ang Fong Sin and Henry Yeap.