Merdeka Vintage Car Ride
Car rides are always a hit with young children and the Merdeka Vintage Car ride on August 31st this year was no exception. Several single parent’s children and children from various orphanages were given an opportunity to participate in a vintage car ride. Michael, a former policeman roped in several vintage car owners to offer a ride to the children starting at the Spastic Centre in, Petaling Jaya on to Taman Permainan SS15/2E before ending at Lake View Subang Jaya.
At the meeting point in the Spastic Centre grounds, the children went through the registration process and each child was given a handheld Malaysia’s flag to wave. Happy yet, nervous and anxious, the children were keen to get going even though there were less cars compared to the year before. Many had hoped they would get a chance to ride on some of the bigger motorbikes, but this was not allowed for safety reasons.
The children were all seated in their respective cars, and the ride kicked off at 10am to Taman Permainan SS15/2E where they were given refreshments, “kuih” and drinks. The children were then grouped in to smaller teams for outdoors activities. It wasn’t Pokemon Go but simple games such as tossing candies in the pail, running in two’s with a balloon behind their back etc.
This was followed by simple aerobic exercises, conducted by Taylors University Students. The students started off with cheers of Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! and Malaysia Boleh! before proceeding to a dance called “Char Kuey Teow, Roti Canai and Teh Tarik”, topped off by ever popular A.R Rahman’s number “Jai Ho”.
The children then took the ride to Lake View Subang Jayawhere they shared tables with children from other homes and sang out loud the song made popular by Sudirman, “Tanggal 31” followed by “Jalur Gemilang”. YB Hannah Yeoh was there to join in the singing and hand over a cheque donation to the various homes as well.
Parents without Partner’s was among the charities presented with the RM2,500 cheque and Social Coordinator Jayapratha accepted the cheque on behalf of PWP. The donation will be used to aid our single parents in time of need and is greatly appreciated especially in these very trying economic times indeed.