Students Share Festive Cheer 2009: The Elderly

Students share festive cheer

THE elderly at the Penang Home for the Infirm and Aged were not forgotten during Chinese New Year, when more than 300 students and
teachers from SMJK Heng Ee brought them festive cheer in the form of donations, entertainment and assistance. There were performances by a jazz band, Chinese orchestra, Chinese dance troupe, harmonica group and drama team. The school’s choir also rendered several numbers and some of the residents then joined them for a few songs. The school’s students had also raised a substantial sum, with help from their parents, as contribution to the home. They gave the home RM10,000 and a further RM2,000 worth of groceries and ang pows to the home’s 333 residents and staff. Principal Goh Boon Poh said this was the fifth year that the school’s Interact Club had organised the charity event to instill awareness about caring for the old folk. “The fundraiser is always carried out in conjunction with Chinese New Year, as the students feel it is the best time to share the festive joy,” he said. One of the home’s directors, Chan Peng Hon, commended the stu-dents and teachers for not forgetting the elderly during the festive season.
“Not only does it show the love and consideration these youngsters have for the old folks, at the same time they are giving our residents some enjoyment,” he said, adding that he hoped more schools would emulate their example.

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