ABOUT 250 orphans and single mothers broke fast on the first day of Ramadan with a sumptuous buffet at the Tower Regency Hotel and Apartments in Ipoh.
They were from the Budi Mulia Nurul Huda orphanage in Chemor, Bait Al Amin welfare society in Parit, Dahikmah orphans welfare society in Gopeng, Nurul Iman orphanage in Manjoi, Spastic Children daycare centre and Muslimah Single Mother Association in Ipoh.
They were treated to a wide array of traditional Malay cuisine such as marinated ulam, herbal lamb soup, fried fish fillet and pastries on a gathering held in the cafeteria of the hotel recently.
Spending quality time with them were Datuk Bandar Datuk Roshidi Hashim, Tourism Perak chief executive officer Musa Dun, the hotel’s managing director Simon Leong and directors Ding Poi Kooi and Cheong Soon Loong. Before leaving, the children and the single mothers were given goodie bags consisting of beverages, chocolate bars, biscuits, kurma fruits and groundnuts.
The foodstuff was jointly sponsored by the management of the hotel and Nestle (M) Bhd from Petaling Jaya. Mariana Abdul Hamid, the person in charge of the event, said the hotel had held similar event for orphans from all over the state in the last three years.
“For this year, we decided to invite single mothers to join us,” she said. Roshidi, in his speech, said he hoped more private companies could exercise corporate social responsibility to reach out to the underprivileged communities.