THE needy were not forgotten on the first day of Chinese New Year.
Several groups came together to make it a joyous occasion for about 200 people at Pusat Transit Gelandangan Kuala Lumpur, a transit home for the homeless.
Besides the home’s occupants, guests at the “Jom CNY” event hosted by Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) included the underprivileged from Chow Kit and other parts of Kuala Lumpur.
IOJ hosted the event with the help of 20 volunteers from Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS).
Guests enjoyed their food while being entertained by a lion dance troupe followed by songs from CUCMS international students.
They also took home ang pow.
This is the fourth year IOJ has organised the Chinese New Year event.
It also held “Jom Raya” for Hari Raya Aidilfitri and “Jom Diwali” for Deepavali at the same place.
IOJ chief executive officer Charles Mohan said such events were important so that the needy knew they were not forgotten and there were people who cared for them.
“We want them to come together to celebrate this festive occasion so they will not feel left out.“By collaborating with CUCMS, I hope such projects will raise awareness among students to help those in need,” he said.
Pusat Transit Gelandangan former occupant Khairunnisak Maulad Manan said the place still felt like home.
“The people here have always invited me for these occasions and welcome me back every time,” he said.
CUCMS student Rand Omar Emad said she was happy to volunteer for such a good cause.
“It is great to see everyone coming together during the festive season,” she said.
The event was held with the cooperation of the Federal Territories Ministry, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Gombak Food Delivery Prihatin.