The event started off with a dazzling display of live fireworks from the stage at the Majestic Theatre on the 18th November at 7.30 pm. After months of planning and pushing for the sales of the various priced dinner tables, a total 52 tables were filled by generous patrons. There were also many generous donors who sponsored tables for three orphanage homes, namely the Crystal Home, Sunshine Home in Kulim and the St Joseph Home in Penang. Someone even sponsored a table for some folks from the Little Sisters of the Poor in Penang giving them a chance to have a fun time. In addition, 60 lucky draw prizes were given out throughout the 8 course dinner. The occasion was attended by His Grace, Rt Rev. Sebastian Francis, the bishop of Penang, the guest of honour, YB Sim Tze Tzin, the Member of Parliament of the area, as well some officials from the local government who had help enable CDM to attain the parcel of land adjoining the church for a new building. The main aim of this event was to raise funds for the Learning Center that would be housed in the new building. The purpose of setting up this Learning Center was to provide dynamic instruction that inspires life long living skills to the less privileged and disadvantaged. These include the short courses on baking, cosmetics and make-up for single mothers, language classes for migrants and social activities for old folks and the youth. It is estimated that the new building would cost approximately RM10 million.
In order to attract well wishers to this dinner, the organizing committee had invited two famous local comedians from the MACC namely, Douglas Lim and Phoon Chi Ho. They truly entertained the audience with their interpretations of local dances likened killing cockroaches and various humorous meanings of the English language interpreted by our Malaysian public.
In addition to this, the audience were also entertained by Leonard and Friends as well as Evelyn and Friends. Not to be outdone, the CDM parishioners also put up some show items. There were dances from the Youth, the Migrants, Tamil Apostolate and the CEC children presented a ‘live ‘ painting of the nativity scene. Joining the spirit of the occasion the parish priest, Fr Martin Arlando also came out of 15 years retirement to entertain the guest with a fast paced Indian dance. For his enthusiastic effort the delighted crowd donated more that RM 3k. This fundraising project managed to raise around RM 122k. It was heartening to see the great community spirit that was on display for everyone who came to contribute towards this project.
Dr Ivan Filmer
29th November, 2017