Fair draws army of patrons


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 24 Oct 2019

Chow presenting a mock cheque for RM10,000 to Salvation Army’s regional social and community service officer T. Chelvee (left) and Mason (right). (Below) Visitors checking out a booth selling handicraft.

IT was an all fun and no work on a Saturday as over 900 people turned up for the Salvation Army’s annual open day and charity food fair at Jalan Logan, Penang.

Visitors to the fair enjoyed a variety of food and products at 80 booths that were set up.

The Salvation Army (Penang) territorial programme secretary Winsome May Mason said the annual event held at its Children’s Home aimed to raise funds for the home’s expenses and to help the disadvantaged in the community.

“We are targeting to raise RM200,000 through this event, in order to support the running of our home and social activities carried out here.

“The Salvation Army here has unconditionally assisted underprivileged families with food parcels, providing cooked food for the homeless and loaning disability equipment to the needy.

Visitors patronising the food stalls during the Salvation Army’s annual open day and charity food fair. — Photos: ZAINUDIN AHAD/The StarVisitors patronising the food stalls during the Salvation Army’s annual open day and charity food fair. — Photos: ZAINUDIN AHAD/The Star

“We have never shied away from helping as our motto is ‘Heart to God and Hand to Man’.

“Now, we have 23 residents in our home, whom we carefully raise, ” she said in a speech during the recent event.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the Salvation Army started its work in Malaysia in Penang, back in 1938 and had been faithfully serving many communities across the nation since then.

“Besides, this year also marks 81 years of them faithfully serving the less fortunate.

“Over the years, they have helped countless children to ensure that they are sheltered in a safe home environment, receiving education and given counselling and guidance.

“They are true heroes of the community, so thank you for making Penang a better place to live in, ” he said.

During the event, Chow also presented a RM10,000 mock cheque to the Salvation Army (Penang) for its funds.

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