Students from KDU College Penang's School of Engineering and IT recently teamed up with Student Council members to spread festive cheer among 180 elderly citizens at the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged in Sungai Dua.
The home, which dates back to 1935 when the late Mr Cheah Leong Keah donated a piece of land, currently comprises 8 cluster unit blocks including a medical ward to cater to the needs of elderly residents.
The KDU Education Group, which comprises KDU University College, KDU College Penang and Sri KDU's private and international school, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. In honoring its life-long commitment towards developing positive communities through various CSR initiatives, KDU College Penang formed volunteer groups comprising students, staff and lecturers to help out in various day-long activities that included a free charity haircut by Andrine's Hair Boutique, painting worn out fences as well as spring cleaning and decorating the home.
"Bringing cheer to the elderly is important as we want them to know that they are not forgotten. The fact that they enjoy our company is something that touches us deeply. Although we are only sharing a little time with them, it means the world to them", quipped Joey Phuah, Manager from the Student Services Department in KDU as well as Advisor for the Student Council unit.
Besides having the opportunity to exchange experiences with the elderly, KDU's students also learned the value of community service and filial piety that are part of the values that KDU instills in its student community. Members of the home were also feted to lunch and performances with some of the residents willing to go on stage to sing. A KDU staff, Ms. Goh Sze Yuin said that such acts of kindness are a way of contributing to the less fortunate during the annual Chinese New Year. "Our student volunteers work very hard, collecting donations and buying essential items such as rice, milk powder, beverages and toiletries to lessen the home's burden. Seeing them so cheerful is certainly worth the time spent for it was like a ray of hope for the residents", she said.
After a few games and a sing-along session, the elderly citizens received specially prepared KDU CNY AngPows. The running of the Silver Jubilee Home largely depends on donations. As such, food provisions and monetary assistance are always welcomed to help ease the burden and to cover operating expenditures. Members of the public are also encouraged to volunteer their services. For more details, kind Samaritans can contact Ms Tan of The Silver Jubilee Home at 04-6447942.
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KDU College Penang is a member of the KDU Education Group, a fully integrated provider that offers quality education from primary and secondary, both local and international, through to undergraduate and post-graduate levels, as well as executive and professional development programmes. The KDU Education Group celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, and is proud to have had 70,000 students since its inception, some of whom include corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities around the globe.
The KDU Education Group is the education arm of Paramount Corporation Berhad (Paramount), a public company that is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities Malaysia Berhad and whose diversified business interests include property development and construction.