Dressed in red and some in cheongsam, PPB staff added to the festive atmosphere at the Setapak Old Folks Home (SOFH) on 4 February 2016 where they were welcomed by 18 cheerful senior citizens at their home.
The Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration at the home started with a short speech from Ms Koh Mei Lee, PPB’s Head of Corporate Affairs, followed by tossing of the auspicious dish “yee sang”. Thereafter, PPB staff served the senior citizens with an array of delicious buffet lunch. After the hearty meal, the senior citizens and PPB staff showcased their creativity at a craft session of decorating recycled glass jars. The visit ended with each senior citizen getting an angpow and a goodie bag of toiletries, and bed linen.
SOFH also known as Rumah Warga Emas, NACSCOM was established by the National Council of Senior Citizens Organisations Malaysia (NACSCOM) in the 1980s. Currently, it has a total of 18 senior citizens aged 60 and above, of whom 12 are male. Most of the senior citizens are bachelors and spinsters who have no relatives to support them. They are all able-bodied and were referred to the home by friends, the Committee of NACSCOM or were found loitering in the streets.
At a separate occasion, Cheras LeisureMall, the shopping mall owned and managed by PPB, brought together 80 senior citizens from four charity homes - Pusat Penjagaan Warga Emas Chan Kuala Lumpur, House of Hope and Light, Rumah Charis and Persatuan Kebajikan Warga Tua Dan Kanak-Kanak WP to spend a joyful and heart-warming afternoon celebrating the festivities with a hearty luncheon at its concourse on 15 February 2016, the eighth day of Chinese New Year.
The CNY luncheon kicked off with the thunderous roll of drums to welcome the senior citizens to an auspicious start in the Year of the Monkey. They were then invited to a toss of “Prosperity Yee Sang” for good luck, longevity, health and abundance of happiness. While enjoying the scrumptious lunch, they were treated to a spectacular classic golden melody singing performance, blessings from the God of Prosperity, angpow, mandarin oranges and gift presentation.
PPB celebrates every main festival in the country with the underprivileged to bring them cheer during festive seasons when many others are celebrating with their loved ones and families.