LP 103 Wow Day (Family Day) on 10th February 2007 at Botany Park, Putra Jaya
It was sunny on 10th February 2007 when team mates of LP 103 and volunteers gathered at the Vineyard in the Botany Park at 8.30 am. Everyone was excited about the Wow Day and waiting in anticipation for the arrival of the guests’ buses.
Sue and John, who accompanied the guests from Rumah Amal Jireh in Kajang to the park, had been at the home since 8 am. However, to the dismay of all, the buses arrived late as the drivers had lost their way. Nevertheless, both buses arrived safely within 15 minutes of each other at about 9.30 am.
The guests on arrival were clearly as excited as the team mates of LP 103.
All were very smart and cute in their home’s T-shirts. All in, there were 78 kids and seven old folks accompanied by five staff from the home.
On arrival, the guests were treated to a light breakfast at which they were entertained by three clowns – one professional and two amateurs from LP 103 who can now qualify as pros! Then the old folks went on a tram ride around the garden while the kids were ushered to the site to play games where an air castle was in operation. The kids played simple games organised by LP 103, including A.E.I.O.U., catching, etc, where everyone participated in batches, and the younger ones bumped and “bungee-jumped” around in the air castle. The children were extremely well behaved and well mannered, all looking after one another. In the party were two very special kids and it was heart warming to see how the other children showered them with love and attention.
The kids were allowed to just be themselves, and the team mates of LP 103 joined in with gusto. They played simple games, tried their hands at face painting, jumped around in the air castle, and clearly enjoyed just doing the things expected of kids.
There was a session before lunch in which the older kids showed their hidden talents break dancing to the hip hop music played by the DJ. Even one of the old folks just couldn’t resist the music and went on dancing till the music faded away for lunch about 12.30pm.
After lunch, the kids continued with the activities, singing to songs played by the DJ. Towards 2 pm the guests and the team mates of LP 103 were each given a wishing balloon. They wrote down their wishes and dreams on a piece of paper tied to the balloons, which were then released into the air. We all hope their wishes will come true one day.
LP 103 is proud to have organised this event, which was simple yet meaningful for everyone. Some of the kids became so attached to Emeri they said they wanted him to be their father figure and made him promise to visit the home soon. It was very emotional when it ended at 2.30 pm. Clearly, the guests felt it was like being in a family, connected with and attached to LP 103. The team mates of LP 103 had spent quality time with the guests, coaching and guiding them as much as they could, all in just five hours. It was an unforgettable WOW day for LP 103.