DROVES of hungry visitors visited the Eden Handicap Service Centre’s 2018 charity food fair to feast on a selection of home-cooked food and hawker fare offered at 100 different stalls.
Eden Handicap Service Centre Penang general manager Bertie Tye said the stalls were run by various volunteer groups, churches, schools and individuals.
“From donations and coupon sales, we managed to raise over RM200,000 to help fund the centre so that we can continue to provide our free services.
“It costs about RM90,000 every month to offer daycare, rehabilitation programmes, education, job training and many other services to about 160 individuals with disabilities.” he said yesterday.
Among those with stalls at the fair was Happy Charity Group which was started by housewives.
Its chairman Maggie Sim said the volunteer group has had a stall at the fair since it started in 2003.
“For today, we prepared some 600 pieces of our bestselling chai kuih and another 200 pieces of loh bak.
“Within a hour, all our food were already sold out,” she said.
Caring Angels secretary Lucy Goh said her group was running five stalls selling various homemade cakes and pastries this year.
“We always volunteer at charity events when approached. This is our 10th consecutive year at the fair.”
Also there to man a char koay teow stall was Institution of Engineers Malaysia, Penang past chairman Datuk Lim Kok Khong and KPMG audit partner Datuk Ooi Kok Seng.
“I am glad to support an organisation that not only helps the disabled but the mentally challenged as well,” said Lim, adding that he learnt to cook at home.
Besides food stalls, the visitors were also treated to line of dance performances, magic shows and games at the Han Chiang Indoor Stadium in George Town.
Those interested in making donations, can transfer the money into Eden Handicap Service Centre Bhd’s bank account (CIMB account number 8003856357) or call 04-2282758 for inquiries.
Also present were centre chairman Henry Tung Mun Yeong and its Penang director Peter Khoo Kay Huat.