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Festive Fun for Charity

Organised by Society for the Management of 1Malaysia Care Centre (PPPJ1M), the ‘Warmest Charity Run & Food Bazaar With Mooncake Festival 2017’ managed to raise a total of RM49,577 recently. The non-profit organisation co-organised the event with TTC Resources and Zaparang as event partner and official media.

“For this year, our event objective was to collect funds for our PPPJ1M Home’s yearly expenses which amounts to RM180,000 (RM15,000 per month). All   funds collected from the food fair and food bazaar will be used for the benefit of our PPPJ1M children,” Choong Kam Hoong, the chairman for PPPJ1M Home explained to Ipoh Echo.

The lively morning kicked off with an 8km run with over 350 participants donned in bright green shirts. It was followed by a food fair with about 70 stalls offering food, drink and game. Lines and lines of fluttering multi-hued tanglung (lantern) with handwritten wishes on it formed a festive spectacle. Plus, there were a lucky draw, performance by the PPPJ1M children, prize presentation for ‘World of Colours Drawing Competition’, lion dance and shows from various children singers and dancers around Ipoh.

To date, there are 25 children residing in the home, with the youngest being one year old while the eldest is 17 years old. PPPJ1M, established in March 2012, offers all children regardless of their ethnicity a ‘muhibbah-styled’ sanctuary that gives them protection, guidance and a chance to develop themselves to become a responsible and a healthy adult who in the future will become a valuable asset to the diverse community.

“We hope members of the public can come over to our PPPJ1M home to visit and donate to us as the funds collected during this event will not be enough to cover the yearly expenses for our PPPJ1M Home. We do have a tight budget. Members of the public can contribute cash, food items, children school items to us,” the amiable Choong added.

Visit the Facebook page www.fb.com/pppj1mhome or website www.1malaysiahome.com for more updates. Readers can contact the home at 05 546 9577. Those who wish to donate or volunteer can come over to the home located at 152 Jalan Dato Lau Pak Khuan, Taman Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.

Mei Kuan

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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