The owner of the Oriental Garden restaurant at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay has presented Marie Curie with a significant donation this Chinese New Year.

Restaurant owner Kitling Chan, who also owns one other restaurant in South Wales, donated the rather unusual sum of £2,888 for a very specific reason. In Chinese culture the number eight means ‘wealth and prosperity’ and the number two means ‘easy’. The numbers combined symbolise a path to wealth and prosperity without any obstructions – and to present the cheque to the charity on the 28th of the month, is deemed even luckier.

Kitling, a Cardiff mother of three, is a long supporter of Marie Curie after the charity supported her and her family after her late husband, Koon Fat Jim, was diagnosed with a rare form of skin stomach cancer and given just three months to live. Koon sadly passed away nearly twenty years ago, but Kitling has continued to fundraise, and raised an incredible £10,000 in 1998 which she donated to the Marie Curie Hospice Care in Penarth. She also raised an additional £3,000 two years ago.

Sara Bass, Fundraising Manager for Wales for Marie Curie, which provides expert care and support to those living with terminal illness and their families at the Penarth hospice, said: “A huge thank you to Kitling Chan and the Oriental Garden restaurant for donating this generous – and lucky – amount to Marie Curie.

“The funds raised will greatly benefit the care and support provided at our Cardiff and the Vale Hospice in Penarth.”

The donation took place during the Red Dragon Centre’s Chinese New Year celebrations which included free arts, crafts and lantern making sessions and a series of family activities in partnership with the Cardiff Confucius Institute. The Oriental Garden also hosted a traditional lion dance performance.

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