A HUNDRED children from needy families and a home were given an early Christmas treat by members of the St Mark’s Church Golden Circle group in Seremban recently.
The children, aged between four and 16, from Bahau and the Shelter Home in Segamat were treated to lunch by A&W fast food restaurants and later, had a fun time indulging in games at the St Mark’s church hall.
St Mark’s Church Golden Circle chairman Susannah Sundraj said the event was also held to mark the International Children’s Day.
“The children from Bahau are from poor families who also attend pre-school and tuition classes organised by the St Aidan’s Church there.
“They are mostly children of rubber tappers and those from Segamat live at the Shelter Home.
“We had also organised a month-long charity programme prior to the event to raise funds to buy school bags, stationery and other items for the children,” she said.
Sundaraj said some church members had sold pens to raise funds for the project.
“Many church members and friends donated generously and that was why we were able to buy school bags and the other items for the children.
“We are extremely happy to be able to do our bit for the children in the spirit of Christmas,” she said.
Also present at the event was Archdeacon of Lower Central Venerable Charles Fraser.
Sundaraj said members of the Golden Circle had also organised similar programmes for needy and special children previously.
“Next year, we plan to take another group of needy children to visit interesting places in Kuala Lumpur,” she said.