EXTENDING THE FESTIVE MOOD
Hari Raya Puasa, otherwise known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a joyous occasion celebrated by the young and old, irrespective of their religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds. It is a time for families and friends to get together and catch up on old times. While there are many traditions associated with the festival, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is notably known for its open houses, where everyone is allowed to come and enjoy the festivities held by the host.
In embracing the spirit and significance of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Smart Reader® Worldwide invited more than 120 children along with their caretakers from eight charity homes throughout Klang Valley namely, Pusat Jagaan Rumah Perlindungan Rahoma, Yayasan Chow Kit, Wisma Amal Cahaya Bistari, Rumah Titian Kaseh, Rumah Anak Yatim Darul Kifayah, Rumah Nur Kasih Bestari, Bethesda Home and Agathians Shelter to attend its Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.
The joyous celebration, known as ‘Ihtifal Aidilfitri 1434H’, was held on 22 August 2013 at Wisma Smart Reader® I. It is part of Smart Reader® Worldwide‘s annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to organise more meaningful events and programmes that will bring joy, care and happiness to even more children. The celebration also introduced the Smart Tadris™ programme under the newly launched Smart Reader Kids Islamic™ approach.
The Smart Tadris™ programme offers a holistic religious education for Muslim children from as young as three years old. Besides Iqra’, Quran, Ibadah, Aqidah, Akhlak, Jawi and Arabic, the children will be taught other core subjects like Smart Reader® English, Smart Maths™, Smart Bacaan™, Smart Science, Art and Craft, Smart Kindercooking and Smart Computer.
Among the guests who attended the festive celebration was Tuan Haji Zakariah Bin Isa, Imam Besar of Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan and Advisor of Smart Reader Kids Islamic™. The Advisors of Smart Tadris™, Ustaz Mohd Zuhairee Bin Mohd Yatim and Ustaz Muhammad Faisol Bin Munjir also attended the event.
The event started with a doa recital by Ustaz Mohd Zuhairee followed by the opening speech by the Chief Executive Officer of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Dr Richard Ong.
Dr Ong highlighted that the celebration intended to foster a closer relationship between the staff and the community. The CSR initiative also served to add cheer and warmth to the children. He mentioned that Smart Reader Kids Islamic™ is scheduled to go on a road tour in October to introduce the Smart Tadris™ programme to the public.
The event continued with a skit and Hari Raya performances by the staff of Smart Reader®Worldwide. Apart from that, the talented children from Smart Reader Kids® Taman Bidara, Smart Reader Kids® SS19 and Smart Reader Kids® Desa Coalfields awed the guests when they performed Smart Tadris™ songs entitled ‘Alif Ba Ta’, ‘We are Smart Tadris Kids’ and ‘Sobahan Nur’ respectively. All songs were taken from the Smart Tadris™ music CD.
To add further festive cheer, the children from Smart Reader Kids® SS14 and Smart Reader Kids® Taman Gombak Ria entertained the guests with their ‘Balik Kampung’ and ‘Seloka Hari Raya’ performances. Guests clearly enjoyed the performances as they can be heard singing along to the familiar festive tunes.
For most, a Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration will never be complete without the traditional practice of giving and receiving duit raya. Dr Ong, Tuan Haji Zakariah and Corporate Manager, Kevan Ong gave out duit raya to the children.
As each child waited patiently in anticipation of receiving the duit raya, Smart and Jack, the much loved mascots of Smart Reader Worldwide®, made their presence to entertain and interact with them.
In addition to the duit raya, the children received goodie bags that consist of Smart Reader Kids®water tumblers, biscuits and McDonald’s packed lunches.
The children of Smart Reader Kids® SS19 performed a Smart Tadris™ song entitled ‘We are Smart Tadris Kids’ taken from the Smart Tadris™ nasyid CD.
Chief Executive Office of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Dr Richard Ong having a casual conversation with a child from one of the charity homes.