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Monday, 19 June 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Father instils values in son while spending quality time together

JOHOR BARU: Technician Garen Lian Keat Loong has always been a big believer in helping the less fortunate and now shares his passion to give back to society with his 11-year-old son Tom Lian Shin Song.

Lian started volunteering with Kechara Soup Kitchen here for the past three years to help feed the homeless and distribute aid to low income and underprivileged families.

He decided to rope in Tom’s help this year not only to expose his son to the hardship of less privileged folk but also to spend quality time.

“I wanted him to be aware of the struggles that the less fortunate face and teach him to be appreciative of the life he leads.

“My wife and I try to explain about the hardship people face and how we can help ease their pain,” he said.

Lian said that Tom would help out in packing food and necessities for the homeless but he does not take him to distribute the food, as it is against Kechara’s policy to allow volunteers below 18 years old.

“He is too young for that (distributing food to homeless in the city) but I do take him along during visits to the homes of the poor and underprivileged families.

“He has learned to enjoy doing such charity work and looks forward to doing good every weekend,” he added.

He also noted that Tom has showed improvement in attitude since joining volunteering activities with him this year.

“Through such volunteering works, we have also been able to strengthen our father-and-son bond, as he has become more comfortable in sharing his thoughts and problems.

“At the end of the day, I am just trying to set a good example for my children and teach them to be good and do good as well,” he added.

Lian and his wife Chris Pang Hwei Sim, 40, also have five-year-old twin daughters Tiffenny and Sherly, who will join them in volunteering work when they are a little older.