AN establishment which has facilities and amenities for elderly citizens has been set up in Penang.
Called the Senior Resource Centre at No.21A Codrington Avenue, it is done in collaboration with the state government.
The centre, believed to be the first of its kind in Malaysia, is scheduled to have its soft launch on Dec 14.
The wonderful news was revealed by Rose Charities Malaysia president Datuk Lawrence Cheah during its recent 10th Anniversary Charity Dinner and Dance at Evergreen Laurel Hotel.
Rose Charities Malaysia was celebrating a decade of noble volunteerism with over 400 guests that included members, their families and the underprivileged.
The gathering featured a sumptuous eight-course dinner, live band music, dance performances by the Nyonya Belles, as well as attractive lucky draws.
Cheah said everyone in the organisation is passionate about what they do as it makes a difference and creates win-win situations.
“The greatest reward for doing anything is the chance to do more for the less fortunate, the disadvantaged, the needy and the disabled.
“I quote the Dalai Lama in saying that the best way to help ourselves is to help others, ” added Cheah, who is also chairman of Rose Charities International.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who attended the dinner with his wife Tan Lean Kee, commended Rose Charities Malaysia for its tireless social work over the years which had brought a happier and more meaningful life to beneficiaries.
“It’s always good for seniors to get together, spend meaningful time and encourage each other through life’s challenges.
“I wish to record the Penang government’s appreciation towards your organisation for the cordial relationship, support and close cooperation given to the state in carrying out numerous community-based social service and projects that serve the less fortunate, the disabled and the challenged, ” he said.
Chow later joined Cheah in giving out certificates of appreciation and long service awards to outstanding members.
He then helped to blow out candles on the 10th Anniversary cake, right after a Happy Birthday sing-along.
Rose Charities International executive secretary-general Dr William Grut, who had flown in from Vancouver, Canada, also had words of praise for the organisation.
“Our organisation has four great endeavours – to care, to connect, to cooperate and to create.
“And time and again, you in Malaysia not only meet but exceed them.
“Those of us overseas are always delighted to learn about the events you’ve carried out.
“It lights a fire and inspires other members all over the world, ” he said.
Dr Grut himself had devoted close to 50 years of his life working on small-scale community development projects in countries like New Guinea, Cambodia, Angola, Rwanda, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Also present were Cheah’s wife Datin Lily, Rose Charities Malaysia patron Kevin Lee and wife Karen, Penang Council of Justices of Peace president Datuk Seri R. Arunasalam, Penang Hill Corporation general manager Datuk Cheok Lay Leng, as well as event organising chairman Vince Yeoh and his wife Tiffany.
Lee also presented a donation of RM15,000 to the organisation. The night also featured a special live performance by Malaysian singing sensation Lee Pei Ling.
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