SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Kiwanis Down’s Syndrome Foundation children get gifts and attention from visiting celebrities
NATSEVEN TV Sdn Bhd (ntv7) television hosts Daphne Iking and Adrian Jalaludin, together with Mandarin 7 newscasters Peh Kien Min and Lee Siad Huey, recently visited the children at the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation National Centre (KDSF) here.
The station's public relations executive, Cindy Poh Huay Yuet, said the visit was part of the organisation's corporate social responsibility which included bringing some joy to the children.
"This foundation is also one of the beneficiaries that will gain from the Feel Good Run next month," she said, adding that the celebrities also brought crayons, soap bubbles and food for the children during their visit.
Daphne brought non-toxic crayons for the children as she herself loved colouring and painting.
"From this visit, we realised that these children's parents care for them so much. It is important for the society to know where to seek help for their special children's development needs," she said during the visit.
KDSF provides holistic early intervention programme for Down's Syndrome children aged between two months and six years old.
Tea Tracker host Adrian was initially not sure how these children would react to strangers.
"But they were friendly and loved to be pampered, even by strangers like us," he said.
Adrian hoped that more parents would bring their children with special needs to such proper childcare centres.
Lee, 31, said she wanted to buy fried chicken for the children, but decided on biscuits and jellies instead.
"At first, it did not cross my mind that I have to consider the children's needs when deciding to bring food for them," she said.
Lee hoped that there would be more financial assistance and recruitment of more volunteers at the foundation to provide further care.
Peh, 30, added that he brought chocolates as the sweet treat would definitely bring happiness to children.