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GEORGE TOWN: A nice way to end the Chinese New Year celebrations is to do good deeds for others.

To this end, the Leo Club of Penang (City) organised its annual charity drive at Taman Free School, off Jalan Terengganu, here, to collect canned food and recyclable items to donate to the needy.

The canned food were for the old folk at Charis Home in Relau, while the recyclable items were  sold to raise money for the Yee Ran Jing Seh, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Bukit Mertajam on the mainland.

The club's president Leo Teoh Him Keat said the charity project was a successful one as many residents in Taman Free School contributed items.

He said the project was well-known among the residents as the drive was already in its fourth year.  

"We hold the project here during Chinese New Year. The residents are familiar with us and they will keep recyclable items," he said.

Among the   items collected were four old televisions, telephones, a gas stove, a car radio, clothes, stacks of old newspapers, plastic bottles and several unopened boxes of tissue.

There was even a toilet seat cover.

"We will test the televisions. If they still work, we will give them to charitable organisation which will find a use for them.

"We also collect ring tabs from aluminium cans to be recycled and made into prosthetic limbs," Teoh said.

The ring tabs are sent to a collection point at the office of the Pulau Tikus assemblyman, Koay Teng Hai.

More than 50 members of the Leo Club of Penang (City), Leo Club of Chung Ling High School and Leo Club of Convent Datuk Keramat took part in the charity project.

Leo members Tay Jin Xing (left) and Tan Jing Tian sifting through the old newspapers donated by Taman Free School residents. Pic by Danial Saad


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