The Salvation Army held its open day at the Salvation Army Children’s Home, Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun (Kampar Rd) recently with the objective, primarily, to raise funds for its ongoing charity works.
Organising chairperson, Sister Elena Wong, told Ipoh Echo that the annual open day is a hit with Ipohites and their support has been most encouraging. “I am delighted to see people queuing at the stalls to get their food. The sight of them milling at the many stalls provides us the impetus to do more and better,” she said.
The crowd began to swell at around 9am and soon filled up the whole compound. Most were looking for food, accessories and handicrafts. They were spoilt for choices. Food ranging from satay, popiah, fried noodles and chicken rice and handicrafts such as hand-made dolls and bookmarks were on sale.
Steven Chong, 46, told Ipoh Echo that he and his family were long-time supporters of the Salvation Army Open Day. They would attend the event without fail every year. “We’ve been doing so for years and we’ll continue to come so long as it’s for a worthy cause. Moreover, the food and the ambience are just too good to miss,” he exclaimed.
The Salvation Army is an international charitable organisation. Its Ipoh chapter has been providing residential care for children in the city for over 74 years. Today, with a total of three homes and a community service team to boot, its efforts at assisting the poor, the marginalised and the elderly do not seem to diminish with the passage of time.