F&N Brings Lunar Joy to Sri Pritchard Residents
Posted on 31 January 2012
The residents of the Sri Pritchard Old Folks Home in Kinarut, Sabah looked up eagerly as the loud clanging of cymbals heralded the entrance of the “lions”. From the look on their faces, they were definitely captivated with the lions’ movements and some even clapped their hands throughout keeping time with the beat of the drum.

Of course, no Chinese New Year celebrations were complete without the traditional lion dance. The loud thumps of the drum and clanging of the cymbals with the “lions” dancing is believed to bring good luck and fortune to all those in attendance.

For the 68 residents of the home, the lion dance marks an auspicious event to usher in the year of the dragon.

The lion dance was part of a Chinese New Year luncheon organised by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd as part of their community efforts to share the joy and spread festive cheer with less fortunate members of society. This year F&N Beverages will celebrate Chinese New Year with two homes across Malaysia - Sri Pritchard Old Folks Home in Kinarut followed by Rumah Sejahtera Pokok Sena in Kedah three days later.

The celebration which kicked off with the lion dance, was followed by yet another tradition – the tossing of ‘yee sang’. Led by Mr. Khalid Alvi, Managing Director at F&N Beverages, everyone at the home participated in the toss while calling for good health and prosperity.

During his speech, Alvi said that knowledge, wisdom and experience are elements that come with our ascent to the ‘golden age’ and these experiences are memorable and unique because they cannot be purchased, sold or traded.

“F&N believes in recognising the contributions of the senior members of our community as you could help spread and share your invaluable wealth of wisdom and experience with the younger generation.”

“Society has placed more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it. And through these festive celebrations, F&N aims to do exactly that – to spread enjoyment and goodness all around,” Alvi said.

Alvi then took the time during lunch to chat with the residents while handing out ‘ang pow’ and oranges to each and every one of them.

The residents were so excited as they were really looking forward to the luncheon, especially since many of them would not have the chance to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families and they were just glad to have visitors so they know they were not “forgotten” members of the community.

“It’s not about how much you receive, most of the time it is the caring gestures that really matters. Most of our residents are all alone in the world and have no family members to visit them. So, they are just thrilled to have visitors to spend time with them and talk to them,” said En. Ahmad Zaini, the caretaker of the home.

Besides the luncheon and ‘ang pow’, F&N also contributed healthcare supplies including two wheelchairs and some basic necessities for the home worth RM10,000 in total.

Sri Pritchard is home to 68 senior citizens who hail from all over Malaysia. Many have come to the home from hospitals or due to government intervention, besides a lack of filial piety or resources on the part of family members.

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