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Polly brings smiles and joy to kids in sick ward

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

POLLY the Parrot paid a surprise visit to the children at the Paediatric Ward of the Penang Hospital and it really put everyone in a celebratory mood. Laughter and giggles could be heard throughout the ward as children were overjoyed to see Polly the Parrot, who brought goodie bags containing cakes, sweets, snacks and noodles for the young patients.

Each of the children was given a present from Polly, a mascot brought by Golden Sands Resort Adventure Zone entertainment centre in conjunction with the Malaysian Red Cresent (MRC) Penang Island chapter’s Toy Project.

The project is an effort to give ill children an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the New Year through the distribution of toys.

Siblings Cheah Wei Shin, five, and her brother Woon Lim, three, who were down with fever and asthma, were grinning from ear to ear with the soft toys in their hands. Their mother Ooi Lay Ean, 31 said that she was very happy that her children got the opportunity to receive the toys. “This move helps cheer them up a bit after being in the hospital for a few days,” she said.

Another happy face at the ward was asthma patient Pangeran Al-Aamin Hiezran Ibayan, two, who was seen happily interacting with Polly. His mother Poh Ai Chu @ Nurain Poh Abdullah, 32, said that it was good of the MRC and the resort to bring cheer to ill children who had missed out on the fun because of their illness.

“This is a good way to do charity and also to make the children happy so that they can recover faster,” said the Sabahan, who is currently on holiday in Penang.

MRC Penang Island chapter Health and Community sub-committee chairman and volunteer Ho Nee Shen, 32, said the toys were donations from the public and well-wishers. “We received a very good response from the public since we called for donations for our Toy project in late October last year.

“We would like to thank the public, our MRC Penang Island chapter volunteers and Golden Sands Resort for spending all the time and energy to donate and distribute the toys and goodie bags,” he said.

Ho added that the response was so overwhelming that they had to distribute the toys to other places as well besides the Penang Hospital including orphanages on the island.

Golden Sands Resort corporate social responsibility executive Amelia Lim said it was a tradition for the mascot to visit the paediatric ward every year to distribute the toys from the MRC Penang Island chapter. “We also distributed chocolates to the children on behalf of Golden Sands Resort,” she added.

The event, which involved the participation of about 25 MRC volunteers, was led by MRC Penang Island chapter chairman Nancy Cheah. Also present were Golden Sands Resort human resource manager Wong Kuok Loong and service manager Khaisom Abu Bakar.

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