THE PUTRAJAYA Royal Floria 2014, whichc was held recently, proved to be a hit with visitors as thousands turned up for the nine-day festival at Precinct 4, Putrajaya.
Adding more colour to the festival was Smart Reader Worldwide, which organised various activities such as designing accessories, decorating cupcakes, creating nail decorations, making face masks and face paintings for children and parents.
The highlight was a colouring contest for children aged three to 11. It drew more than 100 participants.
Among the parents waiting for their children to finish colouring was technician Mohd Khanizam Mohd Khairom.
The 36-year-old from Hulu Langat was visiting the festival for the first time and decided to let his daughter, Nuraliah Najihah, join the contest.
“It is good for her as she can mingle with the other children,” he said, adding that more of such activities should be organised in next year’s event .
“The displays are also very beautiful but some of the flowers have wilted in the hot weather. It would be good if they could maintain the freshness throughout the festival,” said Khanizam.
Winners of the colouring contest walked away with trophies and medals, hampers as well as goodie bags.
The prizes were given out by Smart Reader Worldwide group executive director Datin Seri Datuk Dr KH Wang and Puan Sri Khadijah Mohd Yassin, the wife of Putrajaya Corporation president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat.
For the four to 6 year-old category, the grand prize went to Smart Reader Ampang Point pupil, six-year-old Kent Thaween.
His father, Kamul said the family came specifically to join the contest.
“He’s very shy so it is good that he can take part in such contests to boost his confidence.
“We would like to thank the teachers for nurturing his talent,” said Kamul.
Smart Reader mascots, Smart and Jack were present to entertain visitors.
As a partner and participant of the festival, the group also organised a garden display with the theme “Every Child’s Dream Garden”.