SMART Reader Worldwide ushered in the Chinese New Year by spreading joy to 56 children from three charity homes – Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak (Klang), Rumah Shalom (Petaling Jaya) and Persatuan Kebajikan Sweet Care Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Held at Wisma Smart Reader I, Kuala Lumpur, the event kicked off with an exciting lion dance performance.
The God of Wealth who accompanied the “lion” gave out mandarin oranges to the eager children symbolising wealth.
The festivities took on an even more thrilling turn when the loud sound of firecrackers filled the air.
The audience was later entertained by children from Smart Reader Kids Putra Point, Nilai; Prima Saujana, Kajang; and Ukay Perdana, Ampang.
They performed Chinese New Year-themed songs and dances, and a special video presentation on the history of the Lunar New Year was also shown.
Its executive director Kevan Ong said it was crucial to start the Chinese New Year on the right note, as simple acts of kindness would go a long way.
“Our company is not only focused on providing quality preschool services to young children, but also bringing about positive change to the community,” he said.
The company’s management presented ang pow and goodie bags containing food to the children from the charitable homes and those from Smart Reader Kids centres who entertained the audience that day.
Smart Reader Worldwide initiated the National One Child One Hope education scholarship programme in 2009, with the aim of ensuring equal access to quality preschool education.
Since its inception, the programme has funded more than 500 less fortunate children nationwide to attend preschool education.