82-year-old Lim Kim Sung, better known as Uncle Ah San has been suffering from elephantiasis and has no children and lives on his own. However, he does have a great friend that made sure he’s never alone.
KL-based public relations executive Shirin Aziha Shahidan is hosting a potluck gathering for those who wish to meet Uncle Ah San, at the octogenarian’s home.
Shirin had known Lim since she was 10, their friendship gaining media attention back in June 2015 when she took to social media to raise funds for him, after seeing him struggle to cross Jalan Air Itam with his enlarged left leg as he pushed a tricycle full of used cardboard boxes to sell.
“I have put up the invitation on Uncle Ah San’s Facebook page. It will be a good time to meet everyone, including those who have been reading about him and keeping updated about his welfare.
“I am also eager to meet those who have been contributing much to help Uncle Ah San since news about him went viral on social media,” said Shirin, adding that she’s expecting around 50 guests to the gathering.
Yesterday, Shirin was at Lim’s rented house in Jalan Gopeng here to brighten up the festive atmosphere as she hung a traditional embroidered red cloth over the main doorway.
She also brought a hamper and a box of fortune cookies.
“It has been a tradition for me to visit Uncle Ah San and hand over an ang pow during Chinese New Year,” she said.
A delighted Uncle Ah San said: “Shirin brought me so many Chinese New Year goodies and even took the time to visit me.
“I am touched that a lot of people have come forward to help me.”
She even dropped in to celebrate Hari Raya with Lim.
This story first appeared in The Star Online