Bringing cheer to welfare home kids

THE 22 children in Shammah Children’s Home in Bagan Ajam, Penang, were treated to a fun-filled day, including a magic show and dances, thanks to the Lions Club of Seberang Jaya.

Club president K. Nirmala Syeelan said the children used to attend the club’s festive events in the past, but this time around, the club decided to hold a special programme for the children at the home itself.

“After reading about Shammah Home’s financial problems in The Star, we decided to come over and cheer them up.

“We are also giving the home grocery supplies worth about RM4,000,” she said after handing over the items to home operator Mary Josephine Augustine.

The event’s organising chairman S. Nageswara Rao said the club, which gave special attention to charity homes for its projects, planned to organise a Deepavali gathering for the Shammah Home children in October.

State executive councillor-cum-Bagan Jermal assemblyman Lim Hock Seng, who was also present, said he was thankful to the many individuals and organisations that had come forward to help the home.

The children were entertained to dance performances by Astro’s Avatharam Arambam 2011 Kids Dance Competition champion M. Lohavashni and Astro’s Attam 100 Vagai dancer Suresh as well as the home’s budding talent, Evangeline Joyce Francis.

Mary said since The Star featured an article on the home on July 18, Shammah Home had received donations in kind, including blankets and pillows, as well as RM8,000 from well-wishers nationwide.

She said among the donors was Karmann Group Sdn Bhd, which donated RM4,500 for the sponsorship of an artificial limb for a 13-year-old resident born without a forearm.

“We also received post-dated cheques of RM3,000 a month for 12 months from businessman Basir Ahmad Pier Mohd. An electrical firm, Year Lite Electrical Sdn Bhd had recently given us a cheque for RM5,000,” she said.

Mary said one of the landlords of the two-rented bungalows that the home now occupied, had recently expressed interest in selling off his unit.

“We can’t afford to buy this house, which costs more than RM400,000. We hope a kind soul will buy up this house and let us stay here. The unit had obtained the necessary approval from the Seberang Prai Municipal Council to be run as a children’s home.,” she added.

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