George Town, May 20 - Friday evening turned out to be a special night for the staff and students of KDU College Penang’s (KDU Penang) School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) as they spent a meaningful evening with the senior citizens of Silver Jubilee Home at its Bon Appetit Restaurant on the 25th of April 2014.


“A Night with Silver Jubilee Home” was an event organised by students pursuing the IMI Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality and Tourism Management programme as part of their coursework in events management.


The evening started off with Dr Chong Beng Keok, CEO and Principal of KDU Penang delivering her warm welcome to 40 senior citizens from the Silver Jubilee Home in Sungai Nibong, Penang. Dr Chong also expressed her gratitude and congratulated the SHTCA team for the efforts they have put in to make this significant occasion a success. “I am proud of the students’ initiatives in carrying out all these voluntary tasks and I hope this will set an example for other students to uphold the spirit of caring and loving among the younger generation,” Dr Chong said. “KDU College Penang is committed to preparing students for academic excellence and graduate employability. Concurrently, we also encourage students to take a stronger stance in socially responsible matters because we care about the society at large.”


Mr Tang Hung Hueng, General Manager of Silver Jubilee Home, expressed his appreciation towards KDU College Penang, and its SHTCA team, with particular thanks to Ms Aishah Sulaiman, lecturer of Hospitality Management who guided the students throughout this project. “Silver Jubilee Home is a free home for the aged. We depend very much on public generosity and support in maintaining the daily expenditure of the Home. I have to thank KDU’s staff and students for carrying out a ‘gotong-royong’ to clean up the home, preparing such a wonderful dinner for our residents tonight as well as the donation collected,” expounded Mr Tang during the event. “All the assistances rendered by the public help a long way as we are short-handed and every donation counts!” said Mr Tang thankfully.


The evening then continued with a scrumptious four-course, Western fine-dine menu prepared by the Culinary Arts students under the guidance of lecturers Chef Darren Tan and Chef Chuah Lay Yen.


It was indeed a night of fun and laughter for the young and the old. Many entertaining events were lined-up for the night, which included karaoke performances by the residents of Silver Jubilee Home as well as performances by the lecturers and students of the school. There were also lucky draw sessions that added to the excitement.


As the event was drawing to an end, Mr Goh Zheng Hooi, President of the SHTCA Club gave a closing speech thanking all the sponsors who supported the event, his team members and Silver Jubilee Home for such a memorable night. The event ended with Dr Chong handing over a donation of RM1,288.88 to Mr Tang, who represented the Home, while everyone gathered around for a big group photo  for the album.

One of KDU’s hospitality students, Noel Angelica
serving appetizer to an elderly.
The Chef team who worked behind the scene
preparing the desserts with love.
A big THANK YOU to all the residents of Silver Jubilee Home.

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