IT WAS a joyful celebration when Da Ma Cai hosted its yearly Chinese New Year (CNY) Festival Charity programme for charitable organisations.
Themed “A Time for Tradition and Sharing”, it was held at The Pure Life Society premises in Jalan Puchong, Kuala Lumpur.
The event saw representatives from 34 charitable bodies in the Klang Valley and Pahang receiving RM10,000, totalling RM340,000.Among the recipients were Agathians Shelter, Ampang Old Folks Home, Lovely Disabled Home, Persatuan Insan Istimewa Cheras Selangor, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Mental Selangor, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Sri Jayanti, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Lao Yin Kah Kepong and Pertubuhan Orang-orang Bermasalah Pembelajaran Dayspring Selangor.
The event kicked off with energetic lion dance performances by Ti-Ratana Welfare Society’s troupe.According to the society’s administrator Rudy Rozario, the nine-man troupe consisting of students and former students was formed to entertain guests and bring good luck and prosperity at charity events.
Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd (PMP) managing director Tan Kong Han, in his opening speech, said, “It has been a journey for us where every year, we give out RM800,000 in financial aid to deserving charitable organisations nationwide.”
Tan shared that so far they had given out a total of RM18.5mil in donations.
“I think we will raise the amount next year, ” he announced to loud cheers from guests.
Tan also commended the long service of The Pure Life Society president Datin Paduka Mother A. Mangalam, saying, “You live for others, ” and expressed hope that she would continue to have a healthy life.
In her welcoming speech, Mother Mangalam, 94, said, “I pray for all to be healthy, wealthy and wise in all your dealings this year.
“Da Ma Cai has come up like a shooting star. They have given a lot and they will get more to give. This is a divine blessing, ” she added.
PMP marketing communication manager Yee Kiat Wah said the RM10,000 donation for charitable bodies was part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.“We started this CNY Festival Charity programme in 1994, where we target different charitable homes with an intention to reach out to more underprivileged people in Malaysia.”
Yee pointed out that PMP was allocating around RM1mil each year for CSR initiatives with contributions made during various festive periods.
“We want to help more underprivileged people from registered homes nationwide. So far, we have reached out to more than 300 charity homes in Malaysia, ” he said.
PLS administrator Sumathi Sankaran said they would channel the RM10,000 received from Da Ma Cai to benefit orphans and the underprivileged.“The donation will be used for the children’s schooling needs, tuition fees and skills training.”
Sumathi added that 64 children staying at the home would also enjoy lunch upon their return from school as part of Da Ma Cai’s CNY Festival Charity programme.
Good Samaritan Home chairman Jeffrey Lim Chin Leng said, “Each generous contribution provides hope and joy every day to our children. Through Da Ma Cai’s donation, we have been able to set new goals and continue working towards enhancing the lives of the children we serve.”
At the outset of the event, two “lions” presented a “Plate of Prosperity” to Tan and Mother Mangalam.
In addition, Tan and Da Ma Cai senior management also gave ang pow to guests who participated in a yee sang-tossing ceremony followed by a vegetarian meal.
The God of Prosperity also went from table to table to give out festive goodies.
Singer Yvonne Song and the three-man Hexagon band also provided the entertainment.
Under this year’s Chinese New Year programme, 80 charitable organisations nationwide will receive a total of RM800,000 in financial aid from Da Ma Cai.
Two other cheque presentation ceremonies will be held for northern and southern region recipients.
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