ABOUT 100 children and old folk enjoyed a Chinese New Year feast, courtesy of Pertubuhan Wanita Mutiara (PWM).
The children were from Peace Children Care Centre, Minds Association of Penang, Children Protection Society, Rumah Charis and The Salvation Army Penang Children’s Home while the senior citizens were from Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged.
PWM president Tan Lean Kee said,“It is such a joy to hold this community programme after more than two years of muted celebrations.”
Tan added that many welfare homes were invited but some of them declined the invitation as they were still cautious about venturing out due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The programme held at a hotel in Tanjung Bungah, Penang, kicked off with a lion dance followed by traditional and modern dances.
While the guests enjoyed their lunch, they were entertained by singers belting out Chinese and English songs.
During the event, Tan handed over donations to all the homes’ representatives.
The children and senior citizens also received ang pow and goodie bags from sponsors.
Senior citizen Kang Joo Lae, 80, was grateful that the underprivileged community was remembered during festive periods.
“We live in a blessed nation where everyone helps the needy.”
He said that after two years of restrictions, he enjoyed celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with the other residents of the old folk’s home, whom he considered to be his family.
“I have never married so I have no children. I also have no siblings,” said Kang who has lived at Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged in Sungai Nibong for 11 years.
Peace Children Care Centre chairman A. Alagesan was happy that PWM invited children and the elderly to celebrate Chinese New Year together.
“This is our first festival this year and I am glad that PWM has taken the effort to make the underprivileged feel like they belong in the community,” said Alagesan.