Skudai, Johor – Residents of the Sherun Old Folk’s Home & Handicapped Centre were pleasantly surprised to receive a special guest this Chinese New Year, in the form of a playful ‘Da Tou Wa Wa’ (Big Headed Doll). The jovial character danced his way around the home, spreading greetings of peace and joy and heralding a prosperous start to the New Year.
The dance performance was part of a Chinese New Year celebration organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) at the welfare home to usher in the Year of the Rooster. The auspicious occasion was part of the Company’s annual community relations effort to spread festive cheer and good fortune with less fortunate members of society.
Speaking at the event, Ms Karen Tan, Head of Communication & Corporate Affairs, F&NHB said that festive outreach programmes such as this were important to the Company as it offers the perfect opportunity to give back to the society and bring cheer to underprivileged communities.
“F&NHB has been privileged to have a special place in the hearts of generations of Malaysians for over 133 years, particularly during festive celebrations. Hence, it is only fitting that we in turn reach out to the underprivileged and ensure that they are not left out of the festivities,” she added.
The Lunar New Year celebration also included a yee sang tossing session and a sumptuous lunch buffet for the residents. The Company also contributed a cash donation, diapers and food supplies to assist the home in its upkeep while its employees went around to personally extend their festive greetings and distribute ‘ang pows’ as well as goodie bags to all residents.
“We’re glad that the residents had as much of a great time as we did ushering in the New Year. We hope this small gesture and our contribution will help brighten up the year for them,” said Ms Tan.
Madam Kala Vellu, founder and administrator of the home, was grateful to F&NHB for its contribution to the home and thanked its employees for giving the 65 residents a memorable Chinese New Year celebration.
The Sherun Old Folk’s Home & Handicapped Centre is a privately-run welfare home that cares for destitute and abandoned elderly folk of all races and religions through the goodwill and generosity of the public.