Baking with a vital purpose


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 23 May 2020

(From left) St Nicholas Home social welfare officer Siti Nor Fatimah Abu Bakar, resident and pastry chef Mohammad Hassan Ali, 40, Chiang and resident Muhammeed Hamizan Mohd Noh, 19, making pineapple tarts to raise funds for the home. — Photo: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

IN a bid to raise funds to sustain operations, St Nicholas Home in Penang is selling homemade pastries to the public.

The home’s training and social services department head Lee Cheng Imm said they started selling the pastries on Monday.

“Our wellness centre which offers massage services is closed due to the movement control order (MCO).

“Therefore, selling pastries is our only way of generating some revenue.

“So far, we have made less than RM500.

“These pastries are handmade by our residents who are visually impaired but well-trained in baking.

“We will continue to make the pastries until the day before Hari Raya,” she said when contacted on Wednesday.

Lee said the pastries available to the public include different types of buns, cakes, puffs, tarts, pies and cookies.

“The public may order these pastries from us.

“They can then come collect and pay for the pastries at the home in Jalan Bagan Jermal, George Town.

“For enquiries or orders, the public may call Shukri at 04-229 0800 at extension 112 or Hassan at extension 121,” said Lee.

The home’s general manager David Chiang said that following an 80% drop in public donations since the start of MCO in March, the home is under financial constraints.

“Under current economic conditions, we are expecting donations to continue declining until next year.

“We are a non-governmental organisation that depends a lot on donations.

“Before the MCO, we received a lot of walk-in donors but now, the number has declined tremendously.

“Now we need to rely on online platforms to receive donations,” he said during a press conference at the home.

Chiang said he hoped the public could donate to help the home.

For the past 90 years, St Nicholas Home has been faithfully assisting the blind and visually impaired regardless of race, religion, creed or age.

Initially established as an orphanage in 1926, the home has since grown to become a fully residential training centre.

Those interested in helping St Nicholas home can call the home at 04-229 0800.

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