Love - and charity - blossoming at lunch marking double delight

Ms Yeo Soo Cheng (far left) and Ms Anna Ong, both volunteers from Blossom World, performing with the Blossom Kids. More than 1,000 people celebrated Valentine's Day and the seventh day of the Chinese New Year ("Ren Ri" or the birthday of mankind) ove
Ms Yeo Soo Cheng (far left) and Ms Anna Ong, both volunteers from Blossom World, performing with the Blossom Kids.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

More than 1,000 people celebrated Valentine's Day and the seventh day of the Chinese New Year ("Ren Ri" or the birthday of mankind) over lunch at the Ban Heng Restaurant in HarbourFront Centre yesterday. The Blossom Love Charity Gala Lunch, organised by non-profit organisations Blossom Seeds and Blossom World Society, aimed to instil compassion and gratitude, and provide a platform for young people to interact with the elderly.

About 240 elderly beneficiaries and 20 needy families attended the event alongside over 800 members of the public and volunteers. Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Heng Chee How, who was the guest of honour, and Senior Minister of State (Finance, and Culture, Community and Youth) Sim Ann, an adviser to Blossom World Society, gave out hongbao and goodie bags to the beneficiaries. An estimated $100,000 was raised from the event. The sum will go towards the beneficiaries of both charities, which include children, youth and the elderly.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2016, with the headline 'Love - and charity - blossoming at lunch marking double delight'. Print Edition | Subscribe