A Royal Visit


The Lighthouse Hope Society Community Centre; the first soup kitchen to be set up in Ipoh, received a special visit from Raja Datuk Seri Elena Sultan Azlan Shah, sister of Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin as she graced the event on behalf of her mother, Tuanku Bainun on November 6.

“Tuanku Bainun has always been interested in our programme where we have been serving the hungry and the homeless,” said Dr S.S. Gill, the current president of the club.

Started in 2006, the food was first distributed from the back of a van at UTC Perak. It was later in 2008 that the centre was established due to the large numbers. Aside from good food, the centre also provides a free shower room and free medical check-ups twice a week.

“We used to have a pop-up medical check-up centre every day, but after a while most of them got better in health, which is a good sign,” said Gill.

Raja Elena herself distributed the food and even spent some time chatting with the visitors. More than 100 packs of food were donated by the generosity of Tuanku Bainun herself.

Readers who are keen on donating can do so by visiting the Lighthouse Hope Society Community Centre at 4 Jalan Koo Chong Kong Ipoh or call them at 05 546 2023 or email at

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