CHINESE New Year came early for 2,000 senior citizens and 10 charitable homes when they received ang pows and donations from Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society Penang.
Many senior citizens cheered as Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and the society’s president Datuk Seri Lim Cheah Chooi handed out the gifts.
Representatives from 10 charitable homes took turns to go up to the stage where they each received RM15,000.
The total RM150,000 was raised during last year’s Charity Food Fair organised by the society.
The charities are The Penang Home For The Infirm and Aged, The Mental Health Association of Penang, Rumah Sejahtera Permatang Tinggi, Persatuan Kebajikan Warga Emas Harmoni, The Association For The Rehabilitation Of The Disabled, Society For The Teachings Of Sadhu Vaswani, Asia Community Service, Persatuan Permulihan Penyayang Orang Kurang Upaya, Penang Community Care and Children’s Protection Society.
Later, society members visited Penang Home For The Infirm and Aged, Little Sisters of the Poor, Pulau Betong Charis Home and Silver Jubilee Home to hand out ang pows to 430 more senior citizens.
Chow in his speech commended the society for organising the annual giveaway since 2009.
He also announced that this year, the state government would increase the RM130 handout to senior citizens to RM150 under the Penang Senior Citizens Appreciation Programme.
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