The annual Christmas celebration this year saw the Wawasan Open University family extending their love and care to the less fortunate by hosting a high-tea at the main campus on December 14th.
The WOU staff welcomed 22 kids, aged 7-18 years, from the Penang Shan Childrenâs Home, Tanjung Tokong as the guests of honour for the function. The children were accompanied by the Homeâs founder and chairman, Dr S Balakrishnan, and four helpers. The celebration kicked off with a cultural dance by the children, dressed in colourful traditional attires. This was followed by a song of appreciation presented in different languages, including, English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil and Mandarin.
In welcoming the kids, WOU Vice Chancellor Prof Datoâ Dr Ho Sinn Chye remarked on the ârefreshing changeâ from WOUâs usual style of celebrating Christmas, commending the staff on their outward perspective this season. He added, âIt is appropriate for the University to extend their caring spirit as Christmas is a time for love, peace and joy.â
He later presented a cheque for RM1,200 – collected from WOU staff – to Dr Balakrishnan for the Home.
Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Dr Gajaraj Dhanarajan, Chairman of WOUâs Board of Governors, presented book gifts to four children who excelled in their UPSR examinations â P. Nanthinie, S. Pahvittera, P. Dharshini and V. Suren. He encouraged the kids to âlearn, study, and progress in their lives regardless of the obstacles they faceâ, as they too have the opportunity to become a âbig personâ in life. He then handed out goodie bags to the children with the help of Prof Ho.
During the two-hour party, the guests along with the staff of WOU were treated to Christmas carols, an entertaining magic performance, and to WOUâs very own jolly Santa Claus.
The children were thrilled by the magicianâs antics, with a few of them participating in some of the gags and tricks, to the laughter and amusement of everyone present. Santa Claus, otherwise known as WOUâs Customer Service Executive Samuel Low, made an appearance distributing sweets, before rendering a solo song performance to remind the children that they are all âspecialâ.
The kids had fun âhuntingâ for small pink envelopes, with each receiving a gift for their efforts. Besides these presents, every child also received a special Christmas gift which they were supposed to open on Christmas day.
Our thanks to all the staff of WOU who contributed towards the success of this Christmas gathering.