PETALING JAYA: More than 600 orphans and disabled children had a splashing great time at the Sunway Lagoon here recently when they were treated to a day of fun and games by the Rotary Club of Greater Kuala Lumpur.
The club is a service-based organisation.
Themed Splash, the one-day event is part of the club's humanitarian outreach.
For the children, it marked the first time for them to visit a theme park.
Apart from the thrilling rides, they were also entertained by clowns, played games and enjoyed a delicious lunch and tea treat.
The children came from various homes in the Klang Valley such as Rumah Anak Yatim Sg Petani, The Spastic Centre PJ, Gurpuri Orphanage, Precious Home and Hope Home.
Thirty Rotarians and 70 Interactors from SMK Desa Perdana KL and Global International Indian School were on hand to help the children.
The project was jointly organised by the club and the Sunway Group as part of the club's outreach programme to underprivileged children, and the Sunway Group's corporate social responsibility.
The cost of the RM60,000 project was shared equally by both parties.
The project marked the start of the club's long-term plan to foster ties with the homes.
It is also looking into how it can further assist them.
Club president S. Gnanasambanthan said: "Splash was organised to let the children know that we care, that they are loved and not forgotten."
He added that he is inspired by what Mahatma Gandhi once said. "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others," the slain peace activist had said.
The club's community service director, Dr Anil Sivasankaran, said Splash is among the many community service projects the club had organised.
They included a food-cum-nutrition programme for less fortunate students, a water filtration project for selected schools in Brickfields, a medical camp for underprivileged people in Kuala Lumpur, providing free cataract operations to those unable to afford them, and buka puasa events for disabled children and orphans.
Dr Anil added that the club plans to hold other fund-raising activities and community service projects in future, as well as encourage more volunteers and new members to participate in charitable events.
Those interested in joining or supporting the many humanitarian projects undertaken by the club can call membership director Rema Paul at 012-388 7139, or Rotarian Puspa Devi at 016-376 0249.