Healy Mac’s Entertains Orphans

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The smiles on the faces of 150 children from seven orphanages and children’s homes in Ipoh were priceless. Not only did they get to enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Healy Mac’s Irish Bar & Restaurant hosted by the outlet’s management, they were also entertained by an army pipes and drums band and got to pose for photographs holding M4 assault rifles with an army Humvee in the background. The army’s multi-purpose vehicle was one of the highlights of the afternoon.

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The day out for the children, dubbed Orphans’ Day by Healy Mac’s, was held in conjunction with Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12. The homes, namely, Praise Emmanuel Children’s Home, Hope for Autism Society, Precious Gift Home, Praise Home, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-anak Yatim Jaz, Good Shepherd Home and Vision Home received RM1000 each from the management of the restaurant.

The idea to treat these underprivileged children between 5 to 12 years old came from senior patrons of the restaurant.

According to outlet manager, Jerry Galvin, it was amazing that a little outreach event like this could elicit so much joy from the children. “Of course, it wouldn’t have been successful without the sponsorships of regular diners,” he reasoned.

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Healy Mac’s thanked the Commander of the Ipoh-based 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade, Brig-Gen Dato’ Md Dzahir Abdul Rashid for his assistance. The show by the brigade’s pipes and drums platoon and the emplacement of a Humvee for the benefit of the children were coordinated by HQ 2 Brigade’s Chief of Staff, Lt-Col Johnny Lim. The soldiers’ presence was a big hit with the kids.

The management of Healy Mac’s Ipoh plans to hold a similar event for an even larger group of children come Christmas time, with a different line up of programmes. This Ipoh restaurant’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative will be a bi-annual event, where the management strives to give back to the local community, particularly underprivileged children.

Galvin concluded, “Anyone in the position should make that little effort to reach out to these children. It means a lot to them.”

Emily