Friday, December 21, 2012

Back To School Program & Christmas Party 2012 for St Barnabas Home


Finally, the long awaited day has arrived and its like sitting for the exam! :) Two months of planning and procrastination (ahem!) finally comes to a fruitful enjoyable evening. As you would have seen in the Facebook updates, all items were collected separately to avoid 'traffic jam' due to the schedule of sponsors and myself. Nevertheless, the last item was collected two days before the party date. The event was held on 15th Dec 2012 1200pm. We arrived an hour earlier to see how we can organise the hall, setup the table/chairs and tag the gifts. We got some help from the kids to help to organise the tables, and volunteers start trickling in. For this time, I got a photographer to take the photos so that I can snake concentrate on event....

Lable and tagging at the last minute...yes, we work better under pressure....

Guys, get back to work!

Thanks Brenda! :)

Opening the party pack

 As the kids arrived, we gave them the party packs and they were happily opening it and see what is inside the pack.  I did a quick introduction to all the volunteers and get the kids to go for lunch. The menu for the day is KFC, fried noodle, fried mee hoon, curry chicken, curry puffs, soft drinks and Vitagen, which I can consider a very normal food for us, but it could be a rare treat for the kids at the home. We noticed that the kids love to eat the mee hoon.

Drink, drank.. and drunk..

Thanks Jennifer... the photo is for illustration purposes only... ha ha

Waiting for lunch..

Lining up for lunch
Mee hoon for kids, mee for adults... ;)

Things start to fall into place as we go along and I think its because of the food! The volunteers mixed around with the kids and I can see the happy faces and smiles from ear to ear..

After lunch, we took a break before the Chief Games Organiser start the games. First game was the newspaper game, er.. dont know how to explain but I guess I will let the photos speak for itself. We are lucky to have Max who brought his magical guitar to beef up the Christmas mood.
Max and his magical guitar to spice up the event

We sang Happy Bday to Andrew for his birthday

And let the newspaper game start....

Cik, ini bukan acara lontar peluru ..... lolx
The next game is musical chair...

The final two....

The next game.. explode the balloon..

I would like to thank Wendy for the gifts preparation. I can see the kids happy faces when they receive the gift. We later presented the Christmas gift and also the school bags and uniform to the kids. You can see them grinning from ear to ear.

Thanks Ashely & friends for the bags!

Mission Accomplished! :)

Drawing from Kopi Soh.. TQ!

The project would not had be a successful event if not for the efforts and assistance provided by all sponsors and for that, I am truly grateful to all our sponsors and strangers who have contributed their time and effort, cash or kinds to ensure this little project comes to a success and benefited the children.

Hence, I would like to thank the following sponsors...

Roll Call...
  1. Ashley Wong, Chong Cheong Sung, Chong Chun Haw, Low Hui Meng, Teoh Chun Sim, Yeo Yan Fen, Tay Sook King, Wong Siew Fung, Kiki Chor, Kok Kin, Eugene, Jessy Lim, Shirley Tan, Alice Ang, Eunice Yip, Samantha Sui, Chi Wah, Catherine Chai - TQ for the sponsorship for the school bags and uniforms.
  2. Brenda Ang and friends - for the gift and party packs, and please thank your kids for the efforts and time packing it!
  3. Ong/Wendy - Thanks for your ever superb support in all our projects.
  4. Tony Lim - Cup cakes are good and its good I know u well enough to get more...for free!
  5. Jen C - 5 curry puffs are not enough to test.
  6. Jane - gifts for the kids
  7. A colleague - 2 pairs of 1Malaysia Official Fly Swatters
  8. Jacinta/ Ms Teh HC / Mdm Loong - for the shoe sponsorship.
  9. Eric - for the time and photographs.. thats what friends are for...:P
  10. Sanddie - for the quick response to the almost last minute request.
  11. Alex Hang - The 30 bottles of Vitagen was good, but I only manage to verify all are good for the kids after my 30th bottle...
  12. Fellow Volunteers - Siong Leong/Siong Seong/Chloe/Sonia - F&B and Games Officers...Only 3 games?! Next year quota is 6 with Vodka! :P
  13. Kopi Soh - thanks for the drawing!

I also have to thank the few sponsors that ping me immediately to donate items the moment it get posted on FB, the items required get 'snatched up' pretty fast! I m wondering if I should put this on eBay the next round?

Lastly, my sincere apprecation to ALL for making a great event to end the year with! Thank you for making a difference in the kids' life. If I have missed your name, its not intentional, just that I tend to get forgetful! And speaking of forgetful, I forgot to gave George the RM570 cheque for the shoes as BATA does not sell their vouchers at the retail shop and you will have to go to HQ (The Curve) to purchase it.

Till then, a wishing you a good year ahead and Happy New Year! :)

Update 27/12/2012 - Finally gave George the cheque of RM570 for the school shoes.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Reach Out Malaysia - KL Run

I was introduced to Reach Out by Jennifer whom we met via FB site, and finally had the time to join on the Saturday night run. We met up and proceed to PJ Hilton to pick up 30 packs of packet food. Traffic was slow tonight due to unknown reason as usual. We managed to reach Jalan Pudu at 1130 and had a drink before we proceed to the destination. Guess I am the newbie for the night.

First stop was Pudu Raya, saw about 20 homeless people there and the team just distribute the food pack as we see them. Some received it silently, while some gratefully said 'Terima kasih'. Its probably the night I heard the most 'Thank You' for a long time as I guess I dont get to hear the word in the busy daily life. Guess the rat race has taken the toll on basic courtesy in life?

As we assembled at the distribution points, some of the homeless came and say hello to the team, while some has slept and we just quietly put the food near to them. I seen Pete and the team greet the homeless like old friends and knowing them by name. Tonight's menu is rice pack, bottled water, oranges, RotiBoy bread and curry puffs.

The next stop was Bangkok Bank, there were about another 20 homeless there, far from the normal numbers due to recent DBKL raid. We proceed on foot to some of the shops where they were sleeping. Food pack were distributed to all. One guy was asking for Panadol, which we later found out that he has tyroid. Melvin went back to the van to get some for him.

Lots of dry food sponsored for the night

Cats are not spared! Dapat makan jugak! :)

Almost 1230am n father and son still ronda-ing around.. bread to the kid and dad....

 We proceed to another location and I have no idea where am I. We unload the food packs and the long queue seems to fall in place. Food was handed over quickly and orderly to at least 50 people. After we completed the distribution, I saw Pete talking to 2 old man, roughly 60 years of age. As I listen to their conversation, I can sense the frustration that the relevant authorities dont do much to help them beside arresting them. Arresting criminals to prevent them from doing more crime I can understand, but arresting the homeless to prevent them from being homeless, *THAT* is the first! The pak cik speak fluent English, and I felt at his age, he should be at home taking care of the grandchildren and not 'hanging' around on the street. I guess everyone is there by circumstances and not by choice.

Lost City

We then proceed to next stop which is the Lost City around 100am. I was told about the 'Lost City' earlier and after so many stops, I found out the location is actually under the roundabout opposite Public Bank building at Jln Syed Putra. Somehow, the name Lost City seems to fit perfectly here, away from the chronic busyness of the city. I guess standing there in the middle of the night, looking at the homeless, gives you a different perspective from viewing it from a car when you drive by.

First customer of the night here...

As we walked further in, a black cat approach us and say 'Hi'....,OK, just pulling your legs. Guess the cat knows its supper time! Jennifer gave the cat some cat food and water. Pete lead the way for us, pinpointing where to put the food pack. There were roughly about 20-30 people there, from under the brige at both ends, to the ones sleeping on the grass at the middle of the round about. It was so dark that we cant hardly see anything under the bridge, I can only hear the sound of water rushing in Klang river. Over the other side of the river, there were a group of men sleeping and a young guy came over and told us there are 6 people there. As we sorted out the food and bread, Tiki started a conversation with him and found out that he is a Sarawakian, recently released from Singapore prison. Currently, has not start to find job yet. The conversation ended there as we were leaving to the other end of the river.

As we reach the other end, there were about another 6 people in the area. Under the darkness, a couple was awaken by our presence and I think she is pregnant as I couldnt see clearly in the darkness. The sight of her makes me wonder what would be the future of the baby when its born. :(

We then proceed to Masjid Negara, which estimated about another 30-40 people, sleeping at the open space. We leave the food with them and proceed to Klang Bus Station, where there are easily another 40 people sleeping in darkness.

Zzz...almost 2am...

After makan, lepak lo... they are the same as us..humans...
Our final destination was Restaurant Sukran opposite Menara Maybank. There is roughly about 25 people there, sleeping under the darkness of the night. We left the food pack with them and concluded for the night around 0200am. And one guy came and ask if there is any other food pack that has prawns since its nice and we told him no more. Little did we realised that he already taken a pack of food and wanted a 'better' one. Talk about selecting your food.. ;)

What else to say, except great job to Pete and the team for making a difference.

Like Arnold said... I will be Back! :P

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Revisiting Esther Home JB

Persatuan Kebajikan Rumah Memperbaharui Johor Bahru. (2nd visit)

Date: 12/11/12
Time: 2:30pm
Venue: Esther Home, 18 Jln Bulat Tmn Century 80250 JB
Care Taker: Ms Candy 016 7719514

Previous visit Info:

This is a revisit of Esther Home JB. The home was visited in April. As it is located outside Klang Valley, our team will visit them as and when we are there during our working trip.

We rang up Candy 12pm and check whether the home is in need of anything. Based on our last April visit, we were told that this home always run out of frozen meat.

Hence, we rang up to check and discovered that they need cooking oil, frozen chicken, fish, meat balls, Milo, sardine etc.

Enclosed is the bill for the items we purchased and contribute to ease the burden of the home amounting to RM 232.27.

Items purchased as shown, cooking oil, milo, bread, milk, frozen chicken, fish, meat ball, baked beans.
Thank you to all the sponsors.

Persatuan Kebajikan Sri Baba, Klang (2nd visit)

We visited them last in early February 2012, and I thought it would be good to follow up again. As usual, I called to ask what was needed and the main requirement was dry groceries.

When I arrived about 1pm, the tenants are having their lunch - rice with fish curry...and I see more curry than fish... Mohan was not around as he sent his kids to clinic, so I had a short conversation with his mother. The stories I heard, well, the children sending the parents as they are unable to take care as they have a house full of children to feed..8 kids! And sometimes, the children just do not want the parents to be back into their home. Not sure how to digest this - really...speechless...

As at now, there are about 16 old folks in the home, and some of them take care of the rest and as I was about to leave, I see them cleaning up after lunch, washing dishes and cleaning the tables. I was told they dislike eating vegetables and beans but like fish and chicken. So, remember to bear in mind if you are coming over.

I bought extra biscuits for the 4 kids I saw in earlier visit. but none of them was around. I was told that they do have doctors and dentist coming over to visit them weekly to provide check up and was advised not to stay there as the old folks sickness may spread to them.

After lunch... whats next?

Cleaning up after lunch

Helping to move him to the sofa...

The groceries consist of cooking oil (2 bottles), 2 x 10kg of rice, Babas Muruku , sugar, salt, bi hun, maggi mee, 1 pack of nuggets, 5 pack of hot dogs, 10 packs of Kraft tiger biscuit, washing powder,  washing softener, Ribena, tooth paste, orange juice, tomato and chili sauce, eggs, onions and potatoes. For this visit, total amount spent was RM328. If you think you can help, please contact Mohan at 016-292 2500.

As we get ready to wrap up for the year 2012, we will have a final event for the year which is the Back To School Program and Christmas Party for St Barnabas Home on the 15 Dec 2012... before the Mayan's prophecy comes true.. :P