Myanmar refugee children at a community-run centre had the opportunity for a celebration at KL Botanical Gardens.
The event, held in conjunction with Children’s Day, was organised after fundraising efforts brought in donations and sponsorships amounting to some US$1,400 (RM5,790).
Part of the money was used for the picnic while the balance will go towards the purchase of learning materials, games and book shelves for the Zophei Children Learning Centre.
Sixty-five refugee children from the minority Chin group as well as their teachers and volunteers attended the picnic at the Bamboo Playhouse in the botanical gardens.
Wearing newly printed sponsored T-shirts, the children were clearly having fun as they took part in activities like kite flying, hula-hooping and badminton.
“Children from all walks of life deserve to celebrate Children’s Day and perhaps the most invaluable gift we can give them is quality time, ” said Eemei Fan, who was one of the fundraisers.
The children were later treated to pasta, fried chicken, finger sandwiches, mini quiches, cakes and cupcakes.
Each of them took home a party pack of chocolates and snacks.
“The refugee children had an opportunity to be creative, forgetting their stressful experiences for a little while.
“I’m thankful for the privilege of creating these wonderful memories for them, if only for a day, ” added Fan.
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