TO MAKE it a good Deepavali celebration, donors ‘customised’ the goodie bags of children from Shan Children’s Home Penang.
Kelawei Village Community Management Council (MPKK) wanted to host the celebration and ahead of time, asked the home’s person-in-charge the requirements of each child.
“So kids of different age groups received different stationery in their goodie bags, ” said MPKK chairman Rodney Fong.
When the 17 underprivileged home residents opened their goodie bags, they were delighted with the different types of books and stationery.
The older ones got storybooks to help them develop the reading habit, said Fong, while the younger ones received colour pencil sets and colouring books, with each getting a different one to make it unique for them at the recent event at Pantai Molek MPKK service centre in Mount Erskine, George Town.
“We also put in chocolate as treats for them, ” added Fong.
Organised by Kelawei MPKK, the event saw the children aged between four and 20 years old taking part in a telematch and dancing to popular Tamil songs.
Fong said the telematch included a ‘messy’ game where they had to find ‘treasures’ in a tray of flour.
“They were not allowed to use hands and had to blow the flour away. Their faces were eventually white with flour, ” added Fong.
Among them was R. Kesavarthini, who said she and her friends enjoyed every minute of the telematch.
“This is the third Deepavali open house that we went to this year, ” said the 20-year-old college student.
Home caretaker Sarojini Velo said the children were very happy and excited.
“They enjoyed playing games and I’m happy to see them dancing merrily, ” she said.
Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee said Shan Children’s Home Penang had a special place in his heart as he used to help out at the home six years ago.
“I am glad that we get to celebrate Deepavali together here today.
“Despite coming from different backgrounds, Malaysians live in harmony as we appreciate one another.
“The Festival of Light celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Good people will always be at peace.
“The only way to progress is to practise tolerance and understanding so that everyone can appreciate and stand together as one, ” he said in his speech.