CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
In conjunction with the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration, 20 PPB staff visited Persatuan Insan Istimewa Cheras (PIIC), a home for special children with Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. Established in 2009, PIIC currently has 21 residents aged 9 to 43 with three caregivers managing the home.
The event started with PPB staff and the special children tossing the auspicious CNY dish “Yee Sang” for prosperity, health and success followed by the children’s favourite lunch, pizzas and fried chicken. After a hearty meal, the children tried their hand at chinese calligraphy, every child also had their palm imprinted on a decorated poster for the home.
PPB donated FFM products and a customised t-shirt and goodie bag to every child. FFM products were also given to Bothi Home Care, a home for the underprivileged and mentally disabled. Bothi Home Care currently has a total of 28 children and 10 elderly residents, most of whom had been referred to the home by the Buddhist Tzu Chi.
In a separate event on 6 February 2014, Cheras LeisureMall, a shopping mall owned and managed by PPB, invited 120 senior citizens from PJ Caring Home, Rumah Charis, Sri Jayanti Metta Care Centre, Rumah Orang Tua Ampang and House of Joy to its annual CNY lunch at the mall.
A rousing lion dance kicked off the event, followed by the senior citizens tossing the “Yee Sang” to usher in the new year. A sumptuous lunch including the traditional “Pun Choi” and “Nian Gao” were served to their delight. They were also entertained to a traditional Sichuan “face-changing” performance by an acrobatic troupe from Shanghai; they also performed body-bending stunts, balancing acts and dances.
Cheras Leisure Mall received generous support from its tenants and suppliers who sponsored cash and gifts valued at RM18,000 to the homes. At the end of the event, angpows and mandarin oranges were presented to the senior citizens.
New World Park in Penang, a retail and F&B centre also owned and managed by PPB, held a charity dinner on the 7th day of CNY. 40 children from The Salvation Army and Penang Shan Children homes were invited to the dinner. YB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, member of the Executive Council of Penang state government, also attended the dinner.