THE smiles behind the face masks and the sweet expression of thank you are enough to cheer up the mood at the Deepavali brunch programme, held at the Dewan JKKK Bagan Luar here.
The simple and meaningful programme was jointly organised by the Pertubuhan Wanita Mutiara Pulau Pinang and the Bagan Dalam service centre recently.
Nine single mothers and 11 children had a great time during the event which saw the lighting of the Kuthuvilakku, a cake cutting ceremony and the presentation of gift vouchers, angpows and goodie bags.
Lunch was also provided to the guests.
Pertubuhan Wanita Mutiara Pulau Pinang president Tan Lean Kee said she was happy to see the single mothers and children at the programme.
“We hope that you enjoyed yourself although this is a simple programme. It is important that we observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to keep us safe from Covid-19.
“To the single mothers, stay strong for your children and yourself during this trying period.
“Guide the children to be good citizens and contribute back to the country,” she said in her speech. Tan said the simple programme had to be postponed a few times due to unforeseen reasons.
Tan also urged the single mothers not to be shy to seek help when needed.
“The Penang government is a caring government which is ever ready to assist those in need,” she said.
She adviced the children to love their mothers and appreciate their mother’s sacrifices.
“Study smart so that you can have a bright future. Be kind, honest and with integrity,” she told the children.
Bagan Dalam assemblyman M. Satees then distributed the gift vouchers to the single mothers. The children were also presented with angpows by Tan.
Goody bags sponsored by Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin and a donor, only known as Datin Jenny, were also given to the needy families.
Also present was Penang Social Development and Non-Islamic religious Affairs Committee chairman Chong Eng.