HOTEL JEN PENANG CELEBRATES A DIFFERENT BRILLIANT WITH FOOD AND FUN CHILDHOOD GAMES
PENANG, MALAYSIA – April 9, 2019 – Today, Hotel Jen Penang hosted over 50 students with special needs and 30 companions for an event themed “A Heart-warming Celebration of Being Different” in the hotel’s ballroom to raise awareness for autism and special needs within the local community.
Hotel Jen Penang invited children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and individuals with learning disabilities, together with their families, guardians and teachers from 4 associations and schools around Penang. They are the NASOM (National Autism Society of Malaysia), BOLD Association for Children with Special Needs, Penang, Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas Jalan Hutton and Penang Down Syndrome Association.
The half day event transported the students back to the ‘90s to relive the Malaysian culture and favourite childhood games and activities.
The event programme included 9 local childhood games and activities: hopscotch, flick the bottle caps, flag erasers challenge, batu seremban (five stones), mummy chicken and the fox, baling slipper (stack and throw the slippers), lompat tali (rope skipping) and make-your-own plane. They also learned to sing Malaysian childhood songs, such as ‘Rasa Sayang’ and ‘Gelang Sipaku Gelang’.
Individual department heads of Hotel Jen Penang took charge of one or two of the activities, from the game preparations to decorating the game station and engaging with the students during the event day.
Apart from introducing the local childhood culture and games to the students, Hotel Jen Penang wanted an activity that would bring people together and promote a healthy lifestyle at the same time.
“The aim of this fun event is to encourage the students to be creative and resourceful, and to boost their ability to think for themselves. The games require very little or no extra cost and majority are made from recyclable items,” said the hotel’s area corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability manager, Wong Yaw Ling.
The hotel held this event as a part of its CSR initiatives.