News: Fun-filled beach carnival for 300 children from welfare homes

I had a lot of fun that day…brought my daughter along and she mingled among the crowd rather well although she was a rather shy girl.

Actually, my philosophy is to organize events which have direct impact to the target group, rather than grand and pompous ceremonies and shows. I think the Karnival Hari Raya Bersama Anak Yatim this year met the objectives, there was games, telematches, cultural workshop, clowns, magic shows and food at the beautiful beach of Tanjung Bungah. Direct to the point, short of protocols and massive showdowns. It’s the kids we are celebrating…not the VIPs.

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/11/4/north/2382333&sec=north

Tuesday November 4, 2008

SOME 300 children from various welfare homes around Penang were recently treated to a two-in-one festive carnival in Tanjung Bungah.

The carnival was organised by the Penang Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee headed by state executive councillor Lydia Ong Kok Fooi.

The fun-filled Hari Raya and Deepavali carnival, held at Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel, had a number of games and entertainment lined-up for the children from morning to afternoon.

They played telematch games on the beach like coconut bowling and limbo rock, enjoyed a magic show, kompang music, live band and traditional Indian dance performances.

They also learned new things in short cultural workshops.

A team from Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery brought a telescope and some crafts to provide some educational activities for the children.

The children were also entertained by three clowns, who went about teasing them and giving them balloons twisted into the shapes of animals, swords and pistols.

Ong said the gathering was organised to show the children love and care and to let them know that the state government would not neglect them.

“Holding the carnival on the beach by the sea gives the kids a different surrounding to play and enjoy themselves,” she said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s wife Betty Chew, who launched the carnival, said in her speech that such events reflected the state government’s giving and sharing spirit as well as its caring policy.

“We appreciate the less fortunate in society and we will strive together with them during hard times like now when we are facing economic uncertainties,” she said.

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