It was all smiles for over 200 kids from eight children’s homes in Ipoh when they were invited to lunch at Healy Mac’s Irish Restaurant. The Christmas charity event was an outreach programme by the management in the spirit of giving.
Not only were the children and their guardians treated to a delicious meal, they also had the opportunity to check out police patrol vehicles and fire engines, especially arranged for them, with support and co-operation from the local police and fire brigade.
Two dogs from the police K9 unit put up an amazing demonstration much to the delight of the children and passers-by.
Amidst joyful Christmas carolling, Santa Claus made an appearance, distributing cookies and candies. The kids received a bagful of gifts each, which they gleefully accepted.
The children were from Praise Home Orphanage, The Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Home, Praise Emmanuel Children’s Home, Vision Home Orphanage, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Bahagia.
According to the restaurant chain’s Group Head of Marketing, Anne Das, they like to give back to the community and what better time than during a festivity like Christmas.
“We selected all the neediest homes in Ipoh. Hopefully, we can reach out to more children in our next event,” said Anne to Ipoh Echo.