Ground-up Initiative’s (GUI) Open House Event: “Magical Kampung”

MK Event Flyer (Public) AW 30Mar

On the 23rd of April, GUI will be celebrating its 8th anniversary and commemoration of Earth Day 2016 in an Open House event called “Magical Kampung”.

This year, GUI welcome all guests and hope that members of the community will be able to join in celebrating this milestone.

GUI has come a long way in its efforts to promote a more responsible and green community, and will continue needing the support of the larger community to help grow further with true 21st Century Kampung Spirit!

Immerse yourself in the kampung spirit and culture, while you reminisce those carefree kampung days that were once upon a time.

Create art from nature or experience the hustle and bustle of the mini bazaar with your loved ones.

Discover GUI’s 21st century kampung grounds through an interactive Kampung tour, and participate in numerous customized workshops and activities that are tailored for all ages.

Mark your calendar on April 23rd and join with your family, friends and loved ones to celebrate this joyous milestone of making the society a more responsible and green community.

For more details, please go to: http://magicalkampung.peatix.com/

MK Event Flyer (Public) AW 30Mar

Charities working with businesses to help beneficiaries

Businesses are supporting charities in a bigger way, as they step up efforts this festive season to feed the needy. Besides donating their time and money, some firms have been rallying other companies to get involved.

One of them is Food from the Heart, which hands out food packs to about 3,300 households every month. The non-profit group was set up 12 years ago and every Christmas, it holds parties for the needy living around four of its self-collection centres. This year, it held seven Christmas parties and hosted 552 beneficiaries to a feast.

For the first time, it worked with food guide website HungryGoWhere, which in turn roped in 31 restaurants to contribute festive goodies.

“I think all the different corporations, they do embrace the spirit of giving,” said Food from the Heart’s executive director Anson Quek. “A lot of our events are sponsored and also funded by like-minded people, corporations, so they do contribute to us and definitely help us extend more reach to the residents.”

Another charity, Free Food For All, has served about 5,000 meals each month since it started in November last year. It hopes to dish out twice as many, with the help of corporate initiatives.

“We strongly believe that the corporates in Singapore will be our backbone with regard to making this free food programme a reality,” said Free Food For All’s founder Nizar Mohammad Shariff. “The numbers are steadily increasing and we’re gearing towards providing 10,000 meals a month. We definitely need the support of corporates for that.”

The group also needs help to cover current monthly expenses of about S$10,000.

Ahead of Christmas, real estate investment firm Walton International hosted a reception to promote Free Food For All’s cause to its clients and contacts. It was the first time the charity worked with a corporation and S$750 was raised on the spot.

Some planned to contribute more funds over the next few months, and others placed more donations in a large donation can on the premises. Walton staff were also encouraged to volunteer for and donate to the cause.

“With a small company, there are limited resources,” said Walton International’s vice president of sales Suriyana Safie. “So by us coming in, and by other corporates who are willing to come in and help this organisation, it definitely can reach out to more people, particularly the needy.”

BB gift project needs more volunteer drivers

BB gift project needs more volunteer drivers

One of Singapore’s biggest and oldest year-end charity projects is facing a dire shortage of volunteers for the festive season.

The Boys’ Brigade Share-A-Gift (BBSG) project hopes to deliver 7,400 food hampers to the homes of beneficiaries this year – but there are not enough volunteer drivers to get them to the needy on time before Christmas.

While 182 drivers with cars have delivered hampers to close to 1,500 addresses, 318 more are needed in order to deliver the rest.

The annual Christmas charity project, now in its 28th year, collects and distributes donated food to disadvantaged individuals.

The public can also buy presents for beneficiaries who have listed specific items on their Christmas wish list, such as schoolbags and ovens.

Mr Deon Lim, 35, who is self-employed, has been volunteering with the BBSG project for the past six years. He will deliver hampers to the homes of the needy on Dec 20 with a group of 10 to 20 friends from 8am to late at night.

“It is very meaningful to be giving donations to the beneficiaries themselves directly,” he said. “They told us how much they appreciated being able to have something for the festive season, especially when they usually can’t afford to buy anything.”

BBSG hopes to help 40,551 beneficiaries this year, including a record 5,445 elderly people.

Companies including Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) have come on board to help fulfil the Christmas wishes of beneficiaries.

Yesterday, 40 SPH employees organised a Christmas party for more than 200 beneficiaries and their caregivers from the Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (Care Singapore).

Children and teenagers enjoyed games and a magic show and received presents under the BBSG project, which SPH is supporting for the 10th time. Three hundred wishes – including requests for backpacks, footballs and household items such as fans and mattresses – were granted. The items were worth about $20,000 in total.

Gifts will also be delivered to the Care Community Services Society and MightyKids, Families and Community programme under the Life Community Services Society.

For more information or to register as a volunteer, call the BBSG hotline (1800-227-4273) or visit the www.bbshare.sg website.

Source: The Straits Times

Walking, cooking and eating for a cause

Participants and volunteers can look forward to quite a treat at the finish line of this year’s Project Happy Feet Slipper Race.

The fifth instalment of the annual charity event will take place for the first time at Palawan Beach, Sentosa, on Nov 14. In addition to this year’s race, organiser Project Happy Feet (PHF) will be bringing back its popular Chefs For A Cause (CFAC) event on the same day in a landmark double-event special. Said chef Jimmy Chok of JC Concepts, who initiated the project in 2009: “CFAC has always been about local chefs coming together to support children-related causes and because we are very grateful to be able to do what we love (which is cooking), we want to use that to give back to society and help empower our future generations. ”

Chok is referring to 20 local chefs, including himself, Benjamin Tan from The White Rabbit, Robin Ho from The Prive Group, Pang Kok Keong from the Sugar Daddy Group and Forest Leong from the Forest Cooking School, who will cook up a storm for an expected crowd of 3,000 participants in an open carnival at Sentosa’s Port of Lost Wonder. This is an increase from last year’s 13 participating chefs. They will be assisted by culinary students from Temasek Polytechnic in a bid to delight guests with their signature dishes, which include bak chor mee pasta, kong bak burgers and sweet desserts such as kaya ice cream with baguette rusk and gula melaka cremeux.

The first edition of CFAC, held six years ago with support from Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, was in aid of MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) and Project Happy Feet’s beneficiaries. Led by Chok, 10 notable local chefs whipped up a three-course meal for 600 underprivileged children, who were served by 100 staff members of Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel and Project Happy Feet volunteers. The same chefs also lent four of their own recipes to put together the Recipes From The Heart cookbook, produced with support from Miele, which helped raise more than S$82,000.

The target for this year’s joint initiative is to raise S$250,000 to support education-related initiatives in both Singapore and Cambodia. The race itself is also a reminder of why the organisers and volunteers do what they do. The walking route of 2.4km is aimed at allowing participants to “briefly experience the life of a child in Cambodia, who usually walks at least 3km a day to get to school”, said a statement. Many make the journey bare-foot, as they do not have enough money for slippers.

That said, 80 per cent of the proceeds from the two events will be channelled to The Community Chest’s Special Education Financial Assistance Scheme, which provides financial assistance to needy students from special education schools run by 20 voluntary welfare organisations. The remaining 20 per cent of the proceeds will go to This Life Cambodia’s Lower Secondary School Development Programme. This Life Cambodia is a not-for-profit, non-government community development organisation.

Entertainment at the CFAC event will be provided by local hip-hop collective Grizzle Grind Crew’s Charles ENERO and LINEATH, and local singer-songwriter Jill-Marie Thomas, who will also be performing the 2015’s Project Happy Feet theme song that she wrote. DON MENDOZA

Registration for the race is S$52 per person (inclusive of admin fee) and S$52 (comprising S$50 coupon value and admin fee) for the CFAC event. Both must be made online at http://www.projecthappyfeet.org/cfac2015/.

Source: TODAY