IN the spirit of Yuletide joy this month, Rose Charities Malaysia and Lexis Suites Penang, brought cheer to some 80 underprivileged children during the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held at Lexis Suites Penang in Teluk Kumbar on Nov 30.
The children were treated to a sumptuous high-tea buffet, entertained with mesmerising magic shows and the best part was when they gleefully took part in the Christmas gift exchange activity.
They were from Crystal Family Home, Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Permatang Damar Laut, Penang Deaf Association and Malaysian Buddhist Association (MBA) Kindergarten.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow’s wife Tan Lean Kee, who graced the ceremony, said it was a joyful occasion filled with a spirit of togetherness that signified the true meaning of ‘people helping people’.
“We have to be grateful for the abundance of blessings in our life, as millions of children around the world do not have clean water and live in uncertainty for their next meal.
“All of us here are living happily and enjoying the fruit of our (state) economy, and on top of that we are also blessed to have organisations such as Rose Charities Malaysia and Lexis Suite Hotel who are being thoughtful on the well-being of the community.
“I would like to take the chance here to wish every one of you a joyous and wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020,” Tan said during her speech at the function.
Those who were present were clad in red Christmas costumes, setting the mood for an early festive celebration.
A mock cheque presentation also took place as Karen Lee donated RM5,000 to Rose Charities Malaysia.
Also present were Rose Charities Malaysia Datuk Lawrence Cheah, Lexis Suites Penang general manager Ben Ho and organising chairman William Tan.
Story by Edmund Lee
Pix courtesy of the organiser