CHINESE New Year celebrations came early for 650 senior citizens in Penang as they received red packets and mini hampers from Sports Toto.
Retiree Mary Ooi, 75, was among the recipients during the presentation at the Lee Sih Chong Soo Association hall in Burmah Road, George Town.
“I am very happy and grateful to receive the hamper and angpow.
“As I am staying alone, the daily essentials will come handy for some time.
“I will also share it with my friends. I will use some of the money to buy food ingredients to cook for Chinese New Year, ” she said at the recent event.
Another recipient, Abdul Rahman Abdullah, 72, said this was the first time that he received the goodie bag and angpow from Sports Toto.
“My friends told me about the campaign and I came to register for it a week ago.
“I am very happy. The supplies can last me for about a month, ” the retired civil servant said.
As part of Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s 33rd Chinese New Year Angpow Donation Campaign, the company distributed angpows to over 19,000 needy senior citizens aged 60 and above nationwide.
The recipients also took home Milo, biscuits, instant noodles, mandarin oranges and other goodies.
The items were handed out by Penang Chinese Town Hall chairman Datuk Seri Khor Teng How, Sports Toto senior area sales executive (Penang) Ahmad Zamri Osman and sales operations assistant general manager R. Jagadis Kumar.
In his speech, Khor thanked Sports Toto for the annual programme for senior citizens.
“Sports Toto contributes and gives back to society by helping those who are in need, so that everyone can lead a happy life together, ” he said.
Sports Toto has contributed over RM22mil benefiting more than 410,000 senior citizens nationwide since the campaign’s inception in 1988.
The campaign is also part of Sports Toto’s Helping Hands Programme which carries out various corporate social responsibility projects throughout the year.
Sports Toto also contributes annually to the National Sports Council and sporting events to help develop budding talents.