WOU visit to Penang Shan Children's Home

Wawasan Open University (WOU) sought to lighten the burden of the Penang Shan Children’s Home in Tanjung Tokong with gifts of cash and essentials.

The children look on during the visit from WOU staff.

The children look on during the visit from WOU staff.

The Staff Recreational Club (SRC) of WOU had collected over RM1,500 through an internal donation drive organised in support of the Children’s Home. The Home currently has 22 children aged from 9 to 14 years, but it hopes to accommodate the maximum 40 children once its financial status improves.

SRC president Dr Andy Liew led a five-member team to hand over stationery, clothing and food items, and later treated the children to a fast food lunch.

Dr Andy (centre) and SRC secretary Choy Paik Lin (right) interact with the kids.

Dr Andy (centre) and SRC secretary Choy Paik Lin (right) interact with the kids.

“This is part of SRC’s community services project and a simple gesture from the university to give back to society,” said Dr Andy, adding that last year the SRC brought cheer to some 200 folks at the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged.

He said they chose the Children’s Home this time around as “the newly-established home located in the vicinity of the Fettes Park cemetery yard urgently requires public support to sustain their daily activities”.

The Home, which officially opened on 14 December 2008, strives to look after the needs of orphans and neglected children of all races. It is run by a team of dedicated full-time staff, assisted by volunteers, under the management of executive administrator Dr S Poornachandran.