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Senior citizens living in Chinatown area bond over reunion lunch

Some 150 senior citizens living in the Chinatown area bonded over a Lunar New Year reunion lunch organised by the Sri Mariamman Temple.

SINGAPORE: Some 150 senior citizens living in the Chinatown area bonded over a Lunar New Year reunion lunch on Saturday.

The annual reunion lunch - organised by the Sri Mariamman Temple - is in its 11th year.

The senior citizens enjoyed sumptuous vegetarian dishes and were treated to performances that included an impromptu song by Sim Ann, Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Education.

The senior citizens also took home goodie bags and red packets.

The seniors are from Kreta Ayer Senior Activity Centre and Residents of Meranti, Banyan and Tembusu Homes.

Organisers said the lunch is a way to reach out to the less fortunate and foster closer ties among Singaporeans.

Ms Sim said: "The 'lo-hei' meal is actually cooked by the temple's own cooks, and also served by the volunteers of the temple to all the guests here.

"I think this is a fantastic example of a multi-racial celebration, of celebrating each other's heritage, and also in sharing the care and warmth of the festive season with those who need a little bit more concern and support from the rest."

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