Halloween Charity Night

Children dressed up for the costume competition as they showcased their creativity.
Children dressed up for the costume competition as they showcased their creativity.

Kechara, a non-governmental organization (NGO), hosted a fun-filled Halloween Charity Night for 360 guests at the serene Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Pahang, comprising special guests, less fortunate children and their respective guardians from underprivileged communities.

The carnival-style event was held to present the underprivileged an opportunity to experience a different environment through a contemporary celebration, which included fun games and activities, and partial of the collection was to be contributed to SRJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi. 

Officiated by guests of honor, Pahang State Legislative Assemblyman for Ketari district, Bentong, Yang Berhormat Mr. Lee Chin Chen, the Council Member of Bentong Municipal Council, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong, Kechara House Vice President Pastor, Kok Yek Yee, TV host from The Paranormal Zone, Phng Li Kim and DJ Wayne Thong from 98.8 FM, the event saw the presence of children and their guardians from Pusat Harapan Kampung Perting for the Mentally and Physically Disabled Children, Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih Selangor, SMK Katholik, SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi, and the Orang Asli Sungai Lebak and Kampung Chamang communities, all of whom were fully sponsored at RM60 per person.

Ribbon cutting during the opening ceremony on stage. (From left) Celebrity Host Phng Li Kim, Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, Pastor Kok Yek Yee, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong and DJ Wayne Thong.
Ribbon cutting during the opening ceremony on stage. (From left) Celebrity Host Phng Li Kim, Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, Pastor Kok Yek Yee, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong and DJ Wayne Thong.

Among the exhilarating activities carried out were numerous funfair-themed games such as the ring toss, football, Frisbee, golf and the main attraction of the day, which were the bouncy castles, gained the most attention.

Children from the Orang Asli Sungai Lebak settlement enjoyed the inflatable funfair games despite the rain.
Children from the Orang Asli Sungai Lebak settlement enjoyed the inflatable funfair games despite the rain.

The eerie, exciting Halloween theme echoed throughout the event as a full-blown, spooky haunted house was set up along with horror movie screenings, fortune telling and a Halloween costume competition which showcased the creativity of the children and participants through the creation of their Halloween costumes.

According to Madam Wong, a teacher from SMK Katholik, the students have never experienced Halloween celebrations on this scale.

Children from Orang Asli Sungai Lebak settlement having a great time during the event.
Children from Orang Asli Sungai Lebak settlement having a great time during the event.

“We would like to sincerely thank Kechara and the sponsors for giving the children such a wonderful experience. The event was very well organized and we can see that a lot of effort had been put into it, which shows that the Kecharians are positive and sincere people. It is very liberating to see a religion that is open to various forms of celebration,” said Madam Wong.

Additionally, Chang Mun Cong and Leong Cheng An from SJK(C) Khai Mun Pagi also shared about their experience at the Halloween Charity Night.

(Second row, third) from left Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong and Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, posing with those who attended.
(Second row, third) from left Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong and Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, posing with those who attended.

“The food was really good! We had so much fun and would love to come again next year to play at the bouncy castles if it will be held again,” said Chan and Leong.

The organizers from Kechara humbly extended their gratitude to Sambill Park Sdn Bhd, Daya Rekabina Sdn Bhd, Kechara Oasis, WEG Industries, Suntory Beverage & Food Sdn Bhd, Super Asia Enterprise Sdn Bhd and Vista Riveria (VR) Sdn Bhd, for making the event a success and bringing happiness to the children’s lives.

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