Wednesday December 5, 2012
Fuad emerges champion in contest
By KATHLEEN ANN KILI
JOHOR BARU: A glow of delight and happiness almost instantly appeared on the face of Fuad Abu Talib, 59, when he was announced the winner of the senior idol contest held during the annual Golden Years Celebration here.
Fuad who walked away with 3rd prize in 2007, came back bigger and better this time around to claim the title.
The widower with two children aged 18 and 16, sang Bob Tutupoly’s Widuri during the contest.
He was the lead guitarist and vocalist of a former pop-band called the Outer Limits, and is currently the chairman of Persatuan Orang Cacat Johor Baru.
Fuad said every year he would look forward to this event as it gave him the opportunity to meet new people as well as catch up with old friends from the community while having a good time.
When asked if he was looking for a bride-to-be among the ladies in the event, he coolly answered “Kalau ada jodoh (if there is a match)” adding that he was aging and he might not be of interest to the ladies.
Around 300 guests, largely old folks who were dressed to their finest, were treated to a hearty lunch during the celebration, which was held on Nov 24 from 10am to 1pm at Dewan Sri Tebrau.
Sebastianmal, 76, who resides at the Grace Ville Majodi, Plentong, a local old folks home, described the event as fun and exciting for the elderly.
Fatimah Hashim, 52, who claimed the best-dressed title, said she did not expect to win, and felt happy and honoured to receive the prize.
The charity event was organised by Care United Johor Baru, a non-governmental organisation and was officiated by Johor Baru member of parliament, Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.
Shahrir praised Care United for diligently conducting the event annually assuring the senior community is much valued.
“It is not an easy task, I’m happy that there are those who still loved and cared for the elderly,” he said.
Apart from the celebration, Care United distributed 50 back-to-school kits inclusive of a RM70 Giant Voucher to needy children, and is hoping to give out another 2,550 kits to other underprivileged children.