TAIPING: It is rare to see associations having banana leaf charity feast in the country.
But, here in Taiping, the Lion Club of Taiping Centennial embraced it to raise funds for its charity activities.
Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Datuk Tan Lian Hoe was the guest-of-honour.
Congratulating the club for organising the banana leaf charity event, Tan said such event helped by fostering greater and closer relationship among the club members as well as the public.
"As a nation characterised by cultural diversity, let's work passionately to provide service above self and help those who are in need, irrespective of race, religion, colour or culture.
"We will be proud if we were able to demonstrate and transform other's life to achieve success," she said.
Tan said through such activities club members would be able to assist the government in making changes to succeed further in the realisation of vision 2020.
She then presented a cheque for RM1,000 to the club activities before joining 37 children from the Taiping Crystal Home for orphans and single-parents' children and the poor folk in Aulong for the feast.
Earlier, club president Richard Tan, in welcoming Tan and thanking the organising chairman Rev V. Kanapathy and his committee members, said the activity would be a great help to the less fortunate.
"The Lion Club of Taiping Centennial in its quest to bring about a better tomorrow for the poor needs funding for its projects.
"Through this (inaugural) banana leaf charity, we hope to carry out more meaningful activities for the needy," Tan said. By M. Dattaya