Fourteen Quest International University Perak (QIUP) staff celebrated Chinese New Year with children of the Praise Home in Ipoh, Perak recently, making the Lunar New Year more special for 26 children, aged 2 to 14.

Among the activities carried out at the home were using recyclable items to make lion dance costume, performing the lion dance using recyclable items such as tins, lids and pots, preparing Chinese New Year origami craft as well as singing and dancing to Chinese New Year songs with the children. Towards the end of the visit, staff also put together a ‘Yee Yang’ tossing session. Before leaving, they also distributed mandarin oranges and red packets or ‘Ang Pau’ to the children who had a huge smile on their faces.

A lecturer, Chen Aoi Aoi, who joined the activity said it was a humbling experience to be a part of the event. “It was a wonderful feeling to know that my time here with the children brought so much cheer and happiness to them,” she said.

Opened since 1998, the home operates on a cost of about RM10,000 per month and the operators constantly face difficulties in gaining sponsorship and funding to run the home. “We are grateful to Quest International University Perak who took the time to come and mingle with the children at our home,” the home operator said.

In a similar activity, 10 QIUP staff visited the Good Shepherd Home on a separate date to bring smiles on the faces of 14 children aged 4 to 17 in the home. QIUP Senior Lecturer, Dr Ashok said he felt a special joy knowing his small contribution meant so much to the children. “I am going to continue to do my bit for the less fortunate by participating in more SSR activities like this,” he said.