Over a hundred orphans from six orphanages and welfare homes, from in and around Ipoh, were entertained to dinner at the Royal Ipoh Club recently. The dinner was a charity event made possible by donations, amounting to over RM9,000, from Indian members of the club. It was organised with the festive mood of Deepavali in mind.
The orphanages and homes involved were Pertubuhan Kebajikan Insan Kanak-kanak Arutperum Jothy, Society of Caring Hand Ipoh, Precious Gift Home, Praise Emmanuel Children’s Home, Good Shepherd Family Home and Vision Home.
President Roland Ram Roa, members of the club management committee and past presidents were on hand to entertain the children.
Committee member, Nasir Affendi, was instrumental in getting the function organised in the first place. He identified homes and orphanages that deserved assistance and got their members to the club with minimum fuss. Although his plans of delivering food packages to their doorsteps were forestalled, it did not dampen his enthusiasm. “The show must go on, regardless,” he told Ipoh Echo.
The kids did not go home empty-handed. Each received an ang pow packet to tide over the Deepavali holidays. Joanna, a volunteer from Portugal was delighted to be invited to the function. She took to the stage when the resident band, “Sonic”, belted out an evergreen number.