Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Comic characters bring cheer

POPULAR comic strip characters Old Master Q and Big Potato, more commonly known as Lao Fu Zi and Da Fan Shu, are now official ambassadors of the Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH).

Playful and childlike in nature, the duo have struck a chord with generations of Malaysian readers for the way they handle everyday life problems with a cheery disposition and often hilarious antics.

Speaking during the signing ceremony cum Care Club Mini Sales Carnival, hospital CEO Datuk Tedric Mohr said the characters had graced their charity events since last year and brought much excitement everywhere they went.

“By appointing them our official ambassadors for the next one year, we are sure Lao Fu Zi and Da Fan Shu, through their positive outlook in life, will give hope to our patients,” Mohr said.

Pulau Tikus assemblyman Koay Teng Hai said the collaboration of the characters with PAH would help in bringing more positivity and cheer to the patients in the hospital.”

According to Lao Fu Zi Media Sdn Bhd CEO Wong Kim Chun, the two comic characters had been actively involved with charity causes for the past few years, among them the PAH’s Save-A-Heart campaign last year.

“The previous collaboration made us more certain in our decision to have this partnership with the hospital,” he said.

Koay, Mohr, PAH chief operating officer Dr Wesley Toh and Wong later toured the carnival area, where handicraft items and health food products were on sale.

Visitors and patients took the opportunity to pose for photographs with the two characters. There was also a stall where the crowd could try on yukatas, a summer kimono, for a small fee which went to charity.

Proceeds for the day will be channelled to victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Kimono-clad personnel also made rounds around the hospital premises to collect donations.

The Care Club is an employee-giving campaign by the hospital for employees to pledge their contributions to the hospital’s various charity funds — among them the Heart Patient’s Fund and Dr J. Earl Gardner Fund — through monthly salary deductions or one-time donation.

The Star