KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- The Deepavali celebration this year is specially ushered by orphans and the less fortunate from 10 welfare homes when each received RM5,000 from the Charity and Welfare Body of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) today.
The contributions were handed over by the wife of the prime minister cum Bakti president, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to the representatives of the homes at a Deepavali hi-tea ceremony organised by Bakti and Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Deepavali 2017.
The event was attended by almost 200 children from various racial backgrounds and was enlivened by cultural dance performances and songs from the children of Permata Seni.
The recipients were the Karunai Illam Welfare Home, Anbu Illam Welfare Home, Perkim Tasputra, Down Syndrome Association of Malaysia and the Taman Megah Handicapped and Disabled Children's Home.
Also receiving contributions were the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM), Malaysian Mental Health Association, Tengku Budriah Orphanage, Cancerlink Foundation and the Selangor and Federal Territory Association For The Mentally Handicapped.
Meanwhile, Bakti Welfare Committee chairman Toh Puan Dr Aishah Ong said the programme was an annual activity of Bakti in carrying out its corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the group.
"Each year we (Bakti) spend RM2.5 million for welfare activities alone, not including scholarships and numerous other activities," she said.
NASOM representative Gerdil Kaur, on her part, expressed her appreciation to Bakti which had never marginalised the less fortunate by channeling contributions to ease their burden and ensure the smooth running of their operation.
"Other than monetary contributions from Bakti, which is indeed concerned for the less fortunate children, we also laud numerous other forms of contributions from society such as volunteers to help us," she said.