SMART Reader Worldwide shared the festive joy with about 120 orphans from six charity homes at its “Ride Your Way to Success” Chinese New Year celebration recently.
The event, held at Wisma Smart Reader 1, was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to bring joy into the lives of underprivileged children.
The children were from Siddharthan Care Centre, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Klang Selangor, Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Mata Air Kehidupan Selangor, Bethesda Home, Pusat Jagaan Anak Yatim Miskin Penyayang Nur Iman Kuala Lumpur and House of Joy.
“We have lots of events planned this year for every festival.
“We want to help the children regardless of their race or background,” said Smart Reader Worldwide executive director Kevan Ong.
The event kicked off with a traditional lion dance performance and the playful interaction between the dance troupe and the Laughing Buddha elicited joyful laughter from children and adults alike.
A unique display of cultural diversity was presented by the Smart Reader Kids from the centres in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur and Taman Bidara, Selayang, who donned traditional costumes and danced to Bollywood and Malay numbers.
Those from the Batu 3, Jalan Ipoh centre presented a short sketch on the origin of the Chinese New Year celebration.
Smart Reader staff also presented a medley of Chinese New Year songs while SRI College students demonstrated Chinese calligraphy writing on stage.
Other highlights were the special appearance of the God of Prosperity and Smart Reader Worldwide’s mascots, Smart and Jack.
The children also received ang pow, mandarin oranges and food vouchers from various sponsors.
“The event was good! You can see that all the dance performances made the children so happy,” said G. Thanaletchum, founder of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Selangor, who brought 20 of the home’s residents to the event.
One of the residents was 17-year-old L. Pravina, who said she learnt what Chinese New Year was all about through the sketch performed by the children.