In the spirit of Chinese New Year, The Budimas Charitable Foundation recently hosted more than 150 orphans and underprivileged children for a festive Chinese New Year dinner to help usher in the Year of the Rooster.
Similar to the Chinese New Year celebrations of years past, the evening began with the customary lion dance performance, where the lions took to the stage to dazzle the crowds with their agile moves. The God of Prosperity then made a surprise appearance, joining the lions in handing out sweet treats to the eager children.
Lion dances mean good blessings in Chinese culture
This was followed by a special Chinese New Year dinner for the children and guests alike. Afterwards, the children engaged in an arts and crafts session, where they competed to see which home could make the most origami shapes out of ordinary red packets (Ang Pow).
Dinner is served!
Arts and crafts session with the children
The children showed their teamwork skills as they competed for the top prize in the arts and crafts session
Another highlight of the evening was the diabolo (Chinese yo-yo) performance, where talented boys from the MyDiabolo team thrilled the crowd with their skilful maneuverers and flawless choreography. To cap off the night, every child received a goodie bag and red packets from the board trustees of The Budimas Charitable Foundation, while each of the four homes received a sizable monetary donation.
A mesmerising performance by the talented MyDiabolo team
The four charitable homes which participated in the night’s festivities, and which are currently supported by Budimas are Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Klang, Joy To The World, Shelter Home For Children and Pusat Jagaan Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Budimas Orion.
Altogether, Budimas supports 31 homes under its Home Charity Fund, and close to a hundred schools with the Budimas Food Charity Fund.