Double Prosperity for Senior Citizens of Home for the Aged Simee and Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng
|Posted on 22 February 2013|
The exhilarating beat of the Chinese drums, accompanied with the nimble moves of the lion dance, followed by the tossing of yee sang and generous serving of delicacies, and the abundance of mandarin oranges. This was only a glimpse of the double Chinese New Year luncheons held by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd to usher in the Year of the Snake with the elderly residents of Home for the Aged (CWS) Simee in Ipoh and Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng in Kuching.
For the past twelve years, such luncheons have been an annual affair for F&N Beverages as part of the Company’s community relations efforts in spreading the festive joy and sharing its good fortune with the less privileged in Malaysia.
The double celebrations at Home for the Aged (CWS) Simee in Ipoh and Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng in Kuching also marked the second time F&N Beverages held its annual Chinese New Year community event with these homes, having visited the former in 2009 and the latter in 2010.
F&N Beverages prepared a sumptuous feast for 48 residents of Home for the Aged (CWS) Simee, aged between 65 and 103 years old followed by a crowd-pleasing lion dance performance. The residents also had much joy in the tossing of yee sang for good health and prosperity, led by F&N Beverages Corporate Affairs Manager, Cariessa Goh.
As a special treat, the residents were treated to complimentary haircuts courtesy of Mr. Eugene Chan of Chili Salon in Ipoh.
The home’s oldest resident at age 103, Madam Rosummah Soosai was glad to have visitors at the home as many of them do not have relatives or loved ones who visit and spend time with them.
Administrator Helen Lai Yuke Chune explained that the home provides free care, shelter and meals for the elderly, mainly those who do not have any dependents who can care for them, or who have been abandoned.
The home was established in 1952 and recently celebrated their diamond jubilee anniversary. It depends entirely on public donations and grants to run its operations, as well as support from the Catholic Welfare Services.
“We are really grateful for companies such as F&N, who in addition to helping by providing us some daily necessities also supports us by taking the effort to spend time with our residents during the festive season. It helps remind them that there are those who still care,” she adds.
Speaking at the luncheon, Cariessa Goh said that the Company was honoured to be able to help and contribute to the welfare of the elderly, as well as giving them a sense of joy and happiness during a season which is usually spent with family and loved ones.
“We believe in sharing our good fortune with members of our community whether they are children or even the elderly, as part of giving back to the society who have supported us for over four generations.” Goh adds.
F&N Beverages also doubled their generosity this year by extending the joyous celebrations to East Malaysia, bringing delight and happiness to 29 residents of Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng in Kuching.
The Company also gave each resident ang pows and contributed household supplies and basic necessities to both homes worth RM5,000.00.
Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng Secretary, Ng Luan Eng explains that receiving ang pows were something that the old folks look forward to, because each of them are given a minimal amount per month as pocket money. As such ang pows are treasured gifts to them.
Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng, established in 1956, is also charity organisation that depends solely on public donations, and provides food and shelter to the poor and homeless elderly folks.
F&N, the leading soft drinks distributor and manufacturer in Malaysia, continues to organize a variety of community initiatives during various other festive occasions. The Company also implements other educational and development programs for the underprivileged across Malaysia, including the setting up of the F&N Sensory Integration Room in schools to cater to special needs students and F&N Sudut Iqra to encourage reading amongst schoolchildren.