Sunday, February 5, 2012
Jaya One shopping outlet recently held its Chinese New Year celebratory dinner to usher in the year of the Dragon. The management was kind enough to invite some of the single parents from Parents Without Partners and JS co-founders and staff to participate in this special event which was held on February 2. PWP co-founder Sanice was happy to bring along single mum Suhaibah, single dad Ong Pang Seng, deaf and dumb Yeong Fong Pheng, Mala, and volunteers Joyce and others who agreed to help out for that day’s festive activities.
For a start, PWP was given a table to hold its promotional activities which included the sale of handmade crafts and the giving out of JS postcards for many of the retailers and customers who may have not been aware of PWP&JS role in assisting poor single parents of the Klang Valley region.
Among the crafts were dolls dressed up in specially designed costumes depicting the Baba Nyonya cultural heritage as well as recycled items made out in the shape of a train among other items. The single parents and JS volunteers were also treated to a sumptuous “loh sang” dinner where the 1Malaysia spirit was clearly obvious in the willingness of all races to just raise their chopsticks and the accompanying ingredients high enough to welcome in a newer and more prosperous year ahead.
Of course it would have been lovely if the VVIPs were encouraged to visit our stall, at least to learn more about what PWP&JS aspirations and plans were but ah well, perhaps there will be another time when we can be given the opportunity to actually share with the rich and the privileged how they can assist the poor single parents by donating the items they don’t need at home or in their offices. If that can be done, our task of making life so much better for the marginalised poor single parents will be made far, far easier and life will be so much more comfortable for them in the near future.