GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Golden New Year’s Eve countdown will be a low key affair this year.
The event organiser CreatiVision D.C Sdn Bhd managing director Adelyn Lim said the event would go on but the countdown sequence would be replaced by prayers instead in the wake of the worsening flood situation.
Lim added that they would also use the event as a way to raise funds for the flood-stricken areas.
“The event must go on, more so as it is a way to show Penangites care for displaced people during the most difficult times.
“We welcome cash and other donations of essential items from the public in a wish-list to be provided by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society,” said Lim.
She said it would be appropriate to cancel the countdown to 2015 as a mark of respect to those who perished in the worst flood to hit the nation in a decade.
Among the programmes are a charity concert, a charity ride from G-Club Penang Cyclists, K-Pop Dancing Competition, various games and a lucky draw.
A campaign to collect cash and daily essentials from the public will be held at the countdown venue at the Esplanade from 10am to 10pm on Wednesday.
Lim also donated RM13,000 to the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Penang Chapter chairman Nancy Cheah.
Cheah said MRC Penang would accept cash and donations of basic items such as canned food,
milk powder and rice as well as clothes.
She said donations could be made via cheque addressed to MRC Penang Branch.
Those who wish to donate can call MRC Penang at 04-827 5678.