CHRISTMAS celebration came early this year for some 600 folk in four different areas in Kelantan. They included seven Americans who were also in town.
The volunteer English trainers from America, who work with KJ Generation Resources at its English and Music Centre, joined the Christmas Musical Night themed ‘Jesus the Giver’ organised by Immanuel Mission Centre based in Kuala Krai.
They not only enjoyed the musi-cal programme but were also charmed by the colourful Indian style performances and they spurred them to sing and dance along.
“We’ve seen Bollywood dances on television but this is the first time we had the chance to watch and dance along to some of Christmas songs in Tamil.
“That’s really cool!” exclaimed Justin Farmer, 21.
His teammate, Bekah Spurgeon, 28, who is also a dance teacher, said she had learnt various dance moves and taught them, but dancing to an Indian beat was something new.
Event organiser Rev R. Yesudason said besides in Gua Musang, the 9th Annual Christmas Programme for the Tamil-speaking community was also held in Kerilla Estate, Tanah Merah and Kuala Krai with about 200 people attending it respec- tively.
In the Machang Prison, about 11 inmates took part in the event.
“The whole event is about giving generously. We gave out about 400 Christmas goodies and gifts to those below 18 years old and 12 lucky draw prizes at each venue.
“We also presented 10 hampers in Gua Musang,” he added.
“We are preparing to give out Christmas groceries to 25 needy families as well as school uniforms, shoes and stationery to 25 needy students totalling about RM6,000,” he said.
He added that the success of the event would not be possible without the generosity of the donors.
Rev Yesudason also thanked the musical team ‘Friends of Jesus’ led by his brother Rev David Rasahpandy and Nesathai David from Buntong, Ipoh, for their performances which included Christmas carols, dances and drama.
Those who wish to donate can contact Rev Yesudason at 013-6821421.