Still actively making paper flowers for charity at 99

Hard at work: Liang tying the paper roses into bouquets for charity at her home in George Town, Penang. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: At the ripe age of 99, Liang Mee Lun continues to do what she does best – making paper flowers in the hope of raising RM99,000 for charity.

She managed to raise RM112,000 after three weeks, an additional RM13,000 more for BOLD Association for Children with Special Needs in Penang.

Liang is no stranger to fundraisers, having raised RM53,000 for a centre for autistic children in 2017.

Her daughter Chia Kien Eng said there were times when she had to tell her mother to rest as she was making the paper flower bouquets almost non-stop.

“She was excited and wanted to support the cause. She made six to seven flowers a day.

“She usually arranges the bouquets herself but this time, we got a florist to help her out, ” she said when met at their home here.

Liang was a picture of concentration, from cutting petals from crepe paper to folding and shaping the petals, before putting them together with glues and wires.

Chia, 64, said the bouquets were given out to those who donated RM5,000 and above, with the highest donor chipping in RM49,500.

“My mum still enjoys making flowers. It is something she likes to give away to guests.

“It is her hobby and is a good way to keep her occupied. It also helps to maintain her cognitive functions. She lives in her own world when making the flowers, ” she said.

Liang first started making the flowers after her husband died 29 years ago. She usually crafts the intricate paper flowers to pass time when visiting her 11 children who live in Penang, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Singapore.

The Johor-born great-grandmother learnt to make paper flowers when she was 15 while studying at the Nanyang Girls’ High School in Singapore.

Besides offering them to be sold for charity, Liang also pampers her 26 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren with her handmade flowers and cooking skills.

BOLD president Dr Tan Liok Ee said the money would go towards running the centre.

“The funds will definitely help as we lost a few sponsors last year.

“We also plan to channel some of the money towards our ‘Focus on Literacy Outreach’ programme, which helps children with learning difficulties, ” she said.

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