Expats and Locals Come Together for Charity

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In Johor Bahru, the community banding together to aid and support the less fortunate strengthens the holiday spirit.

Lend a hand, fill a heart. That’s the idea behind Glocal Helping Hands (GHH), a non-profit charitable organisation based in Johor Bahru, founded by resident expat Poonam Singh (featured photo, centre), which today boasts over 50 members both local and expat, from many different countries. The concept is simple: think globally, act locally – and help those who are in need.

Just in time for the holiday season, GHH recently held its annual charity event, inviting 50 underprivileged children from the low-income housing areas in Johor to take part in the festivities and join in the fun.

Generously hosted by Trinidad Suites Puteri Harbour, the event also drew on the kindness of several sponsors, including Julie’s Biscuits Sdn Bhd, Wall’s Ice Cream Malaysia, Pan Kobo Bakery, Raffles American School, Agnes Patisserie, and Star Vision Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd.

The IB students from Raffles American School treated guests to an enjoyable band performance, while choral group United Singers set a joyful holiday tone with a catalogue of carols. Connie Chan entertained the kids with her balloon art, and the cupcakes from Barathi Classica were a big hit!

A donated voucher for a stay at Sea Gypsy Village Resort & Dive Base was raffled off to raise funds, as well.

All in all, it was a successful event, and the GHH crew expressed how rewarding it was to see the kids having such fun!

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