Charity carnival to highlight delights of vegetarian food

OPTIONAL National Meatless Day Charity Carnival 2019 organizing chairman Pishu Hassaram (second right) briefing about the programme to State Executive Councillor Phee Boon Poh (centre) as looks on (from right) Sentral College marketing manager Johnny Goh, Penang Community Care president Wendy Ang and committee member Himanshu Bhatt during the press conference

THE world’s love for juicy steaks and other meat and dairy products is fuelling global warming, according to the United Nations.

A report by UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation revealed that livestock production accounted for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

In Nov 2017,15,364 scientists worldwide signed a “Warning to Humanity”, calling for a drastic reduction of the world’s consumption of meat.

Taking that cue, Malaysia Meatless Day Campaign Committee will celebrate International Meatless Day with a charity carnival on Dec 1 at the Esplanade in Penang.

Committee chairman Pishu Murli Hassaram said the committee was expecting around 2,000 visitors at the carnival which is supported by Malaysian Vegetarian Society and the state government.

More than 50 varieties of food and refreshments are expected to be featured.

Malaysian delicacies like kuih cucur badak, kuih buah melaka, kuih lopes, nasi lemak, curry puffs and roti jala with potato curry will be part of the menu besides Western, Indian and Chinese items.

Pishu said Malaysia was blessed with a wide variety of nutritious vegetarian delights and efforts must be made to showcase the offerings.

He said the carnival would be a celebration of a healthy diet and a green Earth.

Pishu said this year, they hoped to raise RM60,000 for Pertubuhan Kebajikan Komuniti Cakna Pulau Pinang and Sadhu Vaswani Welfare Fund through the carnival.

State welfare, caring society and environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the carnival, besides creating awareness of the goodness of vegetarian food, would let visitors take in the atmosphere at the Esplanade.

Food coupons are sold at RM50 per book and can be bought at the two charity bodies, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Komuniti Cakna Pulau Pinang and Sadhu Vaswani Welfare Fund in George Town.

For details, email or call 016-4526132.

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