Residents at Sejahtera Old Folks Home in Sikamat near here had something to cheer about as members of the Seremban Central chapter of the Lions Club took time off to decorate the home as part of a community project.
The home's 18 residents were overjoyed when the Lions' team filled the home with festive lanterns, banners and decorative items in preparation for the coming Year of the Rat.
“This is the first time the home has been so beautifully decorated,” said long-time resident Chan Kwi Fun @ Ng Loy Tai, 74.
“I am very happy that they sacrificed their time for us to bring some cheer to our home,” said resident Ng Ah Lin, 64, who added that Chinese New Year was usually a quiet affair.
Club members, accompanied by Seremban Municipal Councillor Siow Kai Voon also gave out ang pow and mandarin oranges to the residents.
Earlier the same day, students at SJK (T) Shanghai Seremban were pleasantly surprised when the Lions Club members came to their school and distributed ang pow to the 200 students, none of whom were Chinese.
Organising chairman Dr.C.B. Saumiakumar said that the project was part of the club's efforts to help improve the situation of needy students from schools in the area.
“We also gave an additional RM50 each to the 20 most deserving students of this school,” he said.
Club president Heng Ek Hoe, in his brief speech, expressed hope that the students would go on to become successful individuals in future.
“Always strive to do your best,” he said.
Headmaster Ravi Perumal, 38, was grateful that the Lions Club chose his school for their special project.
“We really appreciate their help as most of the students here come from the lower income groups,” he said.
Seremban Municipal Councillor Siow Koi Voon who accompanied the Lions Club team later entertained the students with some interesting traditional Chinese stories.