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GEORGE TOWN: In conjunction with the nine-day Nine Emperor Gods festival or Kew Ong Yah (in Hokkien), celebrated on the ninth lunar month, when a strictly vegetarian diet is observed by devotees, the Lions Club of Penang (Host) treated 170 people from eight charitable homes to a dinner at the Kek Lok Si Vegetarian restaurant recently.
Six homes for the aged -- Penang Home for the Infirm and Aged; Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged; Persatuan Rumah Cahaya Harapan Penang; Relau Rumah Charis Bhd; Eden Handicap; and the Penang Buddhist Association, and two children's homes -- the Pure Lotus Bodhi Home for Children and the Penang Shan Children's Home -- were guests for the night.
In line with the Lions' motto to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote understanding, members joined hands to give the guests a night to remember.
The joyful event began with evergreen music played by a harmonica group, followed by a magic show.
While the diners tucked into the sumptuous buffet spread, a Chinese musical group playing traditional Chinese instruments entertained with a repertoire of classic and contemporary tunes.
The highlight of the evening was when club president Jemmz Ooi, followed by four other members, gave ang pow to each of the guests.
"We are grateful and encouraged by the attendance of the guests and the ang pow is a token of our appreciation for their presence.
"We will continue to do our part in contributing to the community to meet humanitarian needs to the best of our capabilities," said Ooi.
Also present were the club's district governor Tan Swee Kok and organising chairman K.C. Law.