During KDU Penang’s Open Day this past weekend, children from the Penang Japanese Saturday School had their last day of their second term. Breaking their tradition of student presentations and Christmas crafts, they decided to take part in KDU Penang’s Rudolph’s Shoebox charity event. It started with a delightful rendition of Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas in English and followed by a Japanese version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. After caroling, the group proceeded to place presents under KDU Penang’s environmentally friendly Christmas tree made out of recycled plastic bottles.
“I always get presents from Santa, but this time it is me who is a Santa for children,” said Keiya, 8.
“I've learnt not everybody is happy in this world, and I hope our presents will make them smile. It is a good chance for me to think about other people,” said Nanaho, 10.
“I'm thrilled at the thought of a small boy opening my present!” said Kaito, 7.
“Both children and parents enjoyed the event. Hopefully we will take part in this program every year,” said Isao, father.
“My daughters' and my minds were on those who will get our presents when we were choosing the presents. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to think about other people, and to know that we can always start with a small step,” Miyako, mother.
Meanwhile, in KDU Penang’s Bon Appétit Restaurant, the School of Hospitality, Tourism, & Culinary Arts were holding a Christmas turkey lunch. Among the invited guests were senior citizens from Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged as well as boys from the Ramakrishna Ashrama orphanage.
They were all served classic roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, German-style turkey with liver stuffing, spaghetti with turkey meatballs, vol au vent pastries (puff pastries which originated from France) with turkey filling, strawberry Bavarian ice-cream, as well as an assortment of other courses.