McD Shares Deepavali Joy

It was double the joy as McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) celebrated Deepavali with residents of Praise Emmanuel Children’s Home and Good Shepherd Family Home on Sunday, October 15.

Held at Good Shepherd Family Home located at Jalan Barrack, Buntong New Village, the festivities began with the lighting of lamps of a kolam (floor drawing made of coloured rice) featuring the golden arches. The games that followed, filled the home with loads of excitement.

Zurina, general manager of McD Gunung Rapat branch said, “We have activities for every celebration. Our objective is to spread cheer to the kids. Together with outlets from Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and Seri Iskandar, we bring food, drinks, goodie bags and groceries to these underprivileged children.”

Both homes take care of children of single parents or broken families and orphans of all ethnicities.

Jennifer, vice president of Good Shepherd Family Home told Ipoh Echo, “Established 14 years ago, the home needs financial assistance now, as we plan to buy the land next to us to accommodate more children and facilities. Currently, we have 14 kids between the ages of three and 18. Our home requires about RM6000 a month to manage.”

Readers wishing to help this non-profit organisation can call Jennifer at 017 561 1767 for details. Among the items needed (written on the display outside the home) are rice, milk powder, toiletries and school items such as calculators.

Praise Emmanuel Children’s Home was started about 11 years ago. Sella Segar, the home supervisor said, “We need donations to buy basic necessities. A few weeks ago someone gave us an old van. However, it requires repairs and refurbishments. Our 13 kids are between three and 17 years old. The home requires about RM3000 a month to survive.”

Those keen on contributing, please call Sella at 014 340 8968 for details.

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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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