In support of our upcoming charity trip to Guizhou, we are raising funds to help supplement the poor families up on the mountains by selling delicious cookies made by our committee members with the help of Flourish by SmiQ! (

Poster –> Cookies of Love – CGG

So help us raise more funds by placing your orders online or email now! Please include your mobile number so that we can inform you of collection date/location. Your warm generosity will be greatly felt in the cold mountain tops this December!

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This is why Care Givers Group exist! Check out this link –

For those who don’t understand Chinese, I have used Google Translator to translate the text below:

Zhongguang Wang Guiyang news (November 28 reporters mong hai Guizhou Taiwan Song Jiajian, Ranting Ting) Bay Zhai Xiang, Lane County, Long six-Canton Elementary School is located deep in the mountains, there are 232 students, of which more than half of children are far away from home every day with a meal to go a few hours of mountain road to school in September this year, the school struggled to raise funds nearly 2 million will be an idle classrooms turned into a love canteen, free hot meals to the students, due to the poor condition of children’s living conditions are still very hard.

Noon, after school, the children went to the cafeteria line up to receive food. The reporters found that in their lunch boxes, it is difficult to see the meat dishes, almost to the edge of each child’s lunch box, stood a jar of home, peppers, pickles, dinner, the children carefully scoop a teaspoon of .

Reporter: I see, all finished? Luoqian: right. Reporter: enough to pay for? Luoqian: enough. Reporter: the next release of this small bottles filled with what? Luoqian: cabbage, my mother gave me, I am one week with a bottle. Reporter: one week with a bottle is enough? Luoqian: Enough.

In conversation with the children, the reporter learned that, before noon often with chili eating cold rice brought hunger, especially in winter when food is often cold and too hard to swallow, and now they have to eat hot meals am very happy. Wang Taotao: now every day to eat such a hot meal, we were both very happy and very warm.

For children in the developing growth, however, such food is far from being able to meet the nutritional needs.

After lunch, the reporter went to a student dormitory, the school for 30 students away from home as far as freeing up a few idle classrooms as temporary quarters, so that they do not have braved the cold in the winter school run, but very primitive dorm conditions .

Reporter (Song Jiajian): I touch a bit and found that these children are very thin quilt, and the beds are very simple, only one layer of linen, straw and cardboard sheets shop below are in the mountains of Guizhou winter. temperatures are often several degrees below zero, this house there is no heating equipment, we can not imagine these kids how to resist the cold winter.

Reporter: When did you start to live in, ah? Luo Ting: 3 weeks. Reporter: there lived many people? Luo Ting: 13 girls. Reporter: I just touch your bed is very thin at night to sleep cold? Luo Ting: cold. Reporter: cold, how to do it? Luo Ting: can a girl sleep, or called another girl sleep with me. Reporter: sleep two people want to warm a little, right? Luo Ting: ah. Reporter: Now the school have hot water with you? Luo Ting: afternoon, morning, afternoon, too late, then the water would be finished, we can only wash in cold water. Reporter: That winter so more cool, wash in cold water can stand it? Luo Ting: can not stand. Reporter: most want to what? Luo Ting: I hope every day morning, hot water, hot water to wash us.

Reporter: I ask the bed is it? Wang Dingpeng: the two of us. Reporter: How would two people sleep together? Wang Dingpeng: the bedspace enough. Reporter: sleep two people do not squeeze squeeze? Luochuan Hui: not crowded. Reporter: live inside the school to get used to you? Wang Dingpeng: You can also. Luochuan Hui: Basically habits. Reporter: most want to what? Wang Dingpeng: meat.

The principal told reporters that the current school there are many in need of residential students, his greatest hope is to allow children to study in a better living environment.

Journalists: Luoxiao Zhang, now inside the school students need to stay more than you? Principal Luoshi Kang: Now the students you want to stay a lot, there are already 30 students came in, there are more than 20 of the urgent need to live on campus, the current difficulties of our school, our school dormitory is idle classrooms to alteration, no idle classrooms, as well as students of beds is too simple, very humble. Reporter: The schools most in need of something? Principals Luoshi Kang: The school is now urgently needed is the students’ beds, as well as students for the winter quilts and cotton-padded clothes, heating coal-fired, the very lack of supplies for the winter here, because they are mostly from poor families students, I hope the community of caring people to give our school a great deal of help, let them feel at ease in the winter living and learning.

We are here to leave the school’s telephone number, +86 18934459858, contacts, Luo Xiaozhang, I hope these children get the help of the community, so that they can eat delicious meals in the coming winter, warm fall asleep

Those who wish to help. please contact the principal directly. Thanks y’all!

With gratitude,

Big Roy


Hey folks,

Reckon we should include this expenditure list so that our donors will know what we have spent on. But I couldn’t upload this while I was in Shanghai due to network problem in China and hence doing it now in SG before flying back this week.

Below are total expenses for the entire trip and balance will be carried forward for our annual project this year. And as usual, all travel expenses are forked out by our members themselves without touching on the raised funds and that all expenses were discussed with all participating members before coming to those decisions for expenditure.

No Items RMB$ Est. SGD$
1 Goodie Bags (Chocs,   Gummies, Rice Biscuits)  $       409.42  $      85.30
2 Stationery  $    2,054.40  $     428.00
3 Toilet Building
Pre-paid  $ 10,000.00  $ 2,083.33
Cash  $    9,500.00  $ 2,014.00
4 Shoes  $    4,550.00  $     947.92
5 Cash Donation to   Student
王老糯  & Family  $    2,000.00  $     416.67
Grand Total Spent  $28,513.82  $5,975.21
*exchange rate: SGD0.48:RMB$1.00

Care always,

Big Roy


Project Guizhou team is back and we have loads of pictures to upload and hence we will need some time to do that. Nevertheless, I would like to share with you all about our experiences during the whole trip and what we can do more over in Guizhou.

On the 27th Dec, the PG team took a 5+ hour flight from Singapore to Shanghai and as soon as we landed, we went to the hypermarket Metro to shop for our goodies for the goodie bags. We rested early as we have to embark for Guiyang City early next morning.

On the 28th morning, we arrived at the airport at 6am+ and took a 3+hour flight to Guiyang City. We had more than 80kg of baggages checked in. As soon as we arrived, we checked into the motel and headed to shop for provisions for the road as we had to have our breakfast on the road the next day. When our stationery shipment arrived in the evening, we started packing the goodie bags and it was like a production assembly line. When we were done, it was passed midnight and everyone headed for bed as we had to set off early towards Rongjiang.

Checked out at 7am and we loaded the mini bus with all our stuff. Good thing we took a bigger bus as we barely had enough seats for the 7 of us. Took us 4 hours of highway to reach Rongjiang town, where we met up with a teacher who will be guiding our driver to the school. We headed to Congjiang town to stop for lunch break and took us 2 hours to reach there via super bumpy roads. After a simple lunch, we headed up the mountains for another 1000m above sea level ride. Roads are narrow and wet (thanks to the rain earlier) and the sides are steep slopes.

Finally we reached the school after more than an hour of super bumpy and dangerous roads. But those anxieties were gone when we saw the students lining up outside the school gate, welcoming us warmly with firecrackers! We were served with their traditional rice wine at the gates by their 6th grader girls in their customary attires. Then we all went in to view the school. The air up in the mountains we thin but the freshness is beyond words. We felt like we were cleaning our lungs! J

While I was inspecting the base of the toilet which was already built for the waste to be collected, I was told the wood is ready soon for construction of the toilet. Most likely can be completed sometime in Feb due to the coming Chinese New Year holidays. While I was inspecting our donation, the kids were already lined up at the basketball court and very obediently waiting for us to interact with them. I gave my usual short speech and gave out the goodie bags immediately after. The children were so happy upon receiving new stationeries and sweets & snacks. It was quite saddening when we realized that these kids have never seen those kinds of candies and chocolates before and we have to tell them that they were edible before they started devouring them all! At the same time, we gave out the greeting cards which we sold to donors who would write their well wishes for the kids, everyone has one! Shortly after, we took out the cartons of new shoes and the kids went wild! They were so excited over their new sports shoes as they have been wearing those Jiefang shoes (army shoes) or farmers’ boots. Every kid has a pair and we told them they can exchange with each other if it doesn’t fit. Some of them put them on immediately! It was really heartwarming to see the glee on their faces!

Then in front of everyone, I presented the rest of the funds for the building of the toilet to their cashier and they were thanking us profusely. We then realized that no one has visited them before and we were the first! Looking back at the journey we took, it was no wonder at all. Then our members started taking on their basketball team for a quick game. In no time at all, all were breathless due to the thin air but it was all good fun. I on the other hand was touring around the school with the principal, visiting the various classrooms and checking out the condition of their tables and chairs. Only the Grade 3 classroom has 20 sets of new tables and chairs, which was donated by someone. The rest were still very filmsy wooden ones which I reckon will last the most another year. Then I asked the principal if there are orphans in the school. He told me there are but they are looked after by their grandparents or relatives, while some are single parents. He then highlighted to me there’s one particular Grade 6 student, 黄老糯 who is facing extreme conditions in the family. His dad has very bad liver problem and his mum is the only breadwinner in the family by helping in other people’s fields. I later found out from some contacts that they don’t earn more than RMB$2000 a year! So I told them principal, we should pay them a visit and we set off on foot immediately after.

After walking up the muddy slopes for about 250 meters, we finally reached the boy’s place. It is a shabby looking little hut on the outside and after entering the small entrance, we realized the space inside is really very small. There’s a fireplace in the middle of the house where they also cook their food besides keeping warm. Then there’s a small room adjoining the living space where 3 of them would sleep inside. Very very small and the floor is the soil ground which we stepped on outside. Then we found out his dad’s medical expenses were too high and they can only afford cheap local medicines. Then we noticed also there are many awards for this boy for his studies and sports. And also found out that he has to help his mum in the fields every day after coming back from school. We were all so sadden by the whole situation. Here is a boy who is trying his best at school and yet has to face the hardships in livelihood. In no time at all, we reckon he might just drop out of school to find work to earn money for the family. Hence we discussed among ourselves and decided to donate RMB$2000 to help them tide through the livelihood part. They cannot even afford oil and salt! As we were leaving, we then passed the money to the mother and told the boy to study hard and don’t let his parents down. He broke down into tears and our members quickly got out of the house as they couldn’t take it as well. After which, his dad starting crying badly and his mum started to tear as well… We quickly bided our farewell and left with teary eyes.

We then solemnly headed back to the school for dinner. I brought our Singapore’s curry chicken paste and coconut milk and taught them how to cook it. It turned out very nice. The whole dinner experience with the teachers and principal was so warm (other than the drinking part) and we felt their great hospitality and sincerity. It was a shame we couldn’t stay overnight because of the tight timeline for flight back, hence we had to rush off after dinner. The mountainous roads are not good for early morning travelling. So we bided our farewells and headed back to Guiyang town, where we rested for a night and debriefed in the next morning before our flight back to Shanghai.

Unlike all our other trips, this trip was the toughest. Road journeys were very long, our members have to fork out more money themselves to travel to and fro, we faced really poor kids and really poor school that require a lot of help and at the same time, we raised the most money for the year 2011. Raising more money could be due to more people are getting to know what we do and also we have more support from our family, colleagues and friends. Nevertheless, we have to thank all these people who made it possible for us to successfully complete our projects! The list of these beautiful people are as follows:


No. Name Amount
1 Lim Guan Leng  $         25.00
2 Geraldine Yap  $         25.00
3 Ye Ling  $         25.00
4 Janet Han  $       150.00
5 Denise Shen  $         75.00
6 Kuah Hoe Chuan Roy  $         50.00
7 Marisca Neo  $         50.00
8 Peter Tan  $         50.00
9 Angeline Wong  $         25.00
10 Eric Yee  $         50.00
11 Lim Chee Tiong  $       100.00
12 June Chiam  $         25.00
13 Tuan Xiao Qian  $         50.00
14 Joanna Tan  $         50.00
15 Adeline Koh  $       100.00
16 Betty  $         25.00
17 Tham Yoke Ping  $         50.00
18 Shirley Tay  $         50.00
19 Elizabeth Yeo  $         25.00
20 Christopher Tong  $         25.00
21 Eunice  $         50.00
22 Angela Wong  $         50.00
Total (minus ingredients)  $ 1,005.00


No Name Amount
1 Yee Yan  $            5.00
2 Meiyin  $            5.00
3 Effie Chew  $            5.00
4 Teh Lay Kuan  $            5.00
5 Tan Kuan Wee  $            5.00
6 Donny Lai  $            5.00
7 Derrick Ang  $         10.00
8 Ratih/Riko  $            5.00
9 Chen Hui Chi  $            5.00
10 Cheryl Chia  $          50.00
11 Peixian  $          20.00
12 Kelvin and Ellis  $          20.00
13 Bernard Teo  $          50.00
14 Wong Liyan  $            5.00
15 Tey Ju Nie  $            5.00
16 Ellyn Kok  $            5.00
17 Anna Tan  $            5.00
18 Lee Huili  $            5.00
19 Chan Jianxiong  $            5.00
20 Chua Kai Meng  $            5.00
21 Tay Nam Beng  $            5.00
22 Linda Kunardi  $            5.00
23 Steve lai  $            5.00
24 Sally  $         30.00
25 Heng Lee Cheng  $         10.00
26 Khuntontong Puttachat  $         20.00
27 Puay  $         50.00
28 Kong Tuck Chee  $         20.00
29 Wei Ling  $         25.00
30 Natalie Bay  $       100.00
31 Lim Peck Cheng  $         50.00
32 Loh Sai Yin  $         10.00
33 Wilson Lui  $           5.00
34 Low Huimin  $         20.00
35 Emily Ng  $         20.00
36 Cha S. Weng  $         50.00
37 Sue Yap  $         10.00
38 Lindawaty Khong  $         15.00
39 Erich Lee/ Lilian Leong/ Sean   Lee/ Eugene Lee  $         20.00
40 Quek Sze Wei  $       100.00
41 Ho Xinning  $           5.00
42 Mo Xiulian/Huang Qingxiang/Chen Nianchun/Lin Renjiao/Liao Lanxian/Cai Huiliang/Yang Fenglan/Lin Juanwen/ Chen Bixin  $         50.00
43 Lina Nai  $         50.00
44 Leong Man Chun  $         10.00
45 Brenda Nai  $         20.00
46 Ampara Aramcharoen  $         20.00
Total raised:  $       950.00


No Name  Cash Donation
1 Effie Chew  $                  95.00
2 Teh Lay Kuan  $                200.00
3 Donny Lai  $                  15.00
4 Wong Liyan  $                  45.00
5 Tey Ju Nie  $                     5.00
6 Ellyn Kok  $                     5.00
7 Anna Tan  $                     2.00
8 Lee Huili  $                     3.00
9 Chua kai meng  $                     5.00
10 Steve lai  $                     5.00
11 Royston Ong  $                200.00
12 William Chua  $                500.00
13 TC Wee  $                  20.00
14 Lee Kim Kiok  $                  20.00
15 Wee Xin Lin  $                  20.00
16 Wee Xin Hui  $                  20.00
17 Wee Xin Min  $                  20.00
18 Iris Wee  $                100.00
19 Marisca Neo  $                100.00
20 Tuan Xiao Qian  $                  50.00
21 Shirley Tay  $                  50.00
22 Angela Wong  $                  50.00
23 Chng Lay Lee  $                200.00
24 Ng Khuang Choo Amy  $                130.00
25 Xiu Ying  $                  50.00
26 Poh Eng  $                  50.00
27 Tan Weiguang  $                  50.00
28 Amelia Lim  $                  50.00
29 Kelvin Ang  $                  50.00
30 Diana Tan  $                100.00
31 Chan Shen Jau  $                  50.00
32 Roy Lim  $              1,041.67
33 Roy’s Godsister  $              1,041.67
Total Raised  $                    4,343.33


No Items Donated Donor Name Amount
1 Shoes (150 pairs) Weiling  $       200.00
Yanjing  $           200.00
Vivien  $    100.00
Xiyun  $           100.00
Jenny  $           300.00
 Total of $900.00
2 20 sets of writing paper + markers Chan Kok Mei
3 7pcs Electric Heater Pillows For Project Guizhou Team Mr Xu
4 Discounts given for mini bus rental 阳光租车网
5 Sponsorship for additional frieght costs for sports shoes 鞋狂007
6 Discounts given for stationeries 威威龙专业学生用品
7 Free airport pick ups and drop offs for Project Guizhou Team YEAP Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Before I forget, I would like to thank all CGG members who have helped in any way to make this project a success! Especially the team who committed themselves to go for this trip. Such projects cannot be done without all your help! Last but not least, I’d like to thank God for keeping us safe and sane as well as guiding us in our actions throughout the entire trip!

Keep a lookout for Project Guizhou 2012! 😉

Care always,

Big Roy 

Announcement Made!

Hey y’all,

Some news from one of our members about a lady using the name 爱心团 for fund raising in the name of charity in China. I found out personally as well many people are using that name as well. Hence I hereby announce that Care Givers Group will be known as 新加坡爱心团 with immediate effect, without causing any confusion or friction in our cause of charity works in the near future. 🙂

I’ve just remitted RMB$5000 yesterday to the principal of our beneficiary primary school for Project Guizhou, Project Toilet 2011, so that he will use that money to pay for the deposit for the builders for the toilet to start chopping down wood to dry and ultimately use them for the toilet. When he first told me about chopping trees down, I was like “WHAO… I hope you guys are planting back more trees for every tree you chop!” He reassured me that those guys are in the business of selling and exporting wood… their livelihood depends on it… hence planting back of trees is a MUST!

The principal also made an announcement recently to the students that CGG will be donating and building a new toilet for them and that we will be visiting them at the end of Dec. They were all so happy and excited they started moving the rocks and gravels to lay part of the foundation for the toilet’s waste bins below… things that they can help within their means. I was so touched by their actions and glad to know they are so excited about our whole visit as well! (see slideshow below)

All our participants from Singapore are also very excited about this trip, although only 7 of us vs 142 students, we hope we have more members who can commit their precious 5 annual leave days for these kids next year. While friends and relatives who cannot join us, please continue pray for our safety, pray for the kids, pray for the great teachers and principals who are so committed to their work and lastly, pray for the words that come out from our mouths which may inspire/encourage/touch those people whom we encounter with before, during and after the trip.

Thanks y’all and God bless. 🙂

Care always,

Big Roy

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Hey y’all,

It’s not easy trying to update our wordpress blogs and facebook page with the super unstable VPNs here in China, coupled with the super unstable internet connection… trust me, my 10mbps subscription feels like my Starhub’s 2mbps back in Singapore! Nevertheless, God always provides me with that little window of opportunity for me to do it and hence this post! Amen!

We have renamed our annual charity trip to the abovementioned subject title due to the obvious facts that we are helping to raise funds to build a sturdy wooden toilet that allows 8 boys and 8 girls to attend to their business at the same time. I have painstakenly wrote a journal entry in my QQ space to inform my China friends and their friends what CGG is doing and what kind of help we need in the form of them collecting wearable apparels and send to the address provided themselves; the postage and clothes being their contribution as part of the entire contribution package. For those who read Chinese, you may like to view that journal here. You should be able to view a short profile of what we do and how we do it in CGG. There are updated pictures of the school as well as the kids. If you are keen to send clothes and toys too, please see the address below. Adult clothes are welcome too for the 7 teachers and principal as well as the parents of the kids.



Distance – About 450km away from Guiyang City. Mix of highway and mountainous roads.

Students – 88 boys, 44 girls. Grades 1-6.

Why This School? – Basically we told ourselves if it’s convenient for us, it’s convenient for others to reach those schools and orphanages in or near the city. Hence through a lot of research and findings, we found this primary school down southeast of Guizhou, very near to Guangxi border.

Funding Purpose – Priority purpose is to build the toilet which will cost RMB$19,000. Secondary will be to replace the tables and chairs so that the kids can concentrate better in class instead of trying to balance on the shaky wooden chairs. Any extras, we’ll try to discuss with the factory on the pricing. All friends and relatives who donates cash to this funding will have their names and contribution amount listed on this blogsite and Facebook. Trust us to make sure the funds reach the hands of those in need.

Travelling Dates – 27th to 30th Dec. After which our members will spend some time to tour Shanghai City (transiting city) Our annual trips are usually from 26th to 31st Dec where it is the best timing for everyone.

Address – 贵州省黔东南州从江县东朗乡加民小学, 邮编557406. 联系电话:13885532131联系人:莫林生(校长)(Sorry no English version… ;P) Please indicate CGG or 爱心团 on the packages so that the principal will know they are from our group and then will keep it till we reach there for phototaking.

I would like to reitereate one more time that all tour expenses from airtickets, hotels, vehicle rental, expenses, etc, are from our members’ own pockets. This is considered as part of their commitment and contribution to making the trip possible.

If you like to join us to help in our fund raising activities or annual trips, please write to us at Donors please write in to us as well and leave us with your name and contact number for our committee to reach you.

Thank you all once again especially for those who have already contributed in our recent Pineapple Tarts Fund Raiser which sold more than 50 tubs even before we listed the event on the web. All tarts were made by Maxx’s mum and our members! Well done guys! Check out a short write up here :

Stay healthy and be happy everyone!

Big Roy 😉

Care Givers Group In China/Project Guizhou 2011

I always believe God has greater things for me to work on in the Greater China… and so I spoke. I spoke to so many people about CGG in Singapore and even attempted to set up the China team, 爱心团, in Shenzhen where I’m based, but I faced many challenges.

One of the challenges was everyone’s character was different. I met one who is a registered volunteer, super over zealous, want to do volunteer work so badly like as though she has a quota to meet! Told her we’re all working people, we can only do charity when we can like weekends. Then I think she got pissed off… Geez…

Talking about working people, that’s the next challenge. An average worker in Shenzhen, be it blue or white collar, annual leave is 4-5 days. Yes, annual paid leave. Hence it is almost impossible for them to join us in our year end trip to the poor parts of China like Guizhou, Guangxi, Heilongjiang and inner Mongolia which requires a little more time to get to these places. So for those who can join us, great! Those who can’t, they can probably help by collecting old clothes for us to distribute to the schools there or raise funds in other ways.

Then there’s another group who thinks that doing charity requires a lot of money. Let me set this right, doing charity do not need a lot of money. You can do charity in the form of individual like donating some spare cash or old clothes to some organisation, or joining a informal group like CGG to help raise funds and collect old clothes, can foods. etc. Joining in the tour to these places which are paid by yourselves are already a huge contribution to the whole charity atmosphere. The children in these areas would be emotionally touched and happy at the same time if they see us visiting them. That is why CGG insist on going to these poor areas to help Asian kids to experience the kind of hardships they go through as well as witness the giving and sharing ourselves. So that when our members talk about the work we do, they speak through their hearts as their hearts have experienced these events.

There are a lot of signs pointing towards Guizhou. Whilst other provinces and cities enjoy the luxury of tourism and agricultural advantage, places like Guizhou lacks of that. I was told the people living in the mountainous areas, rice is rare and they have roots like potatoes, sweet potatoes, tapioca, etc., for 365 days a year. So I started finding out from people who knows people from Guizhou or those who are working in Shenzhen. Hooked up with a few, who provided me with in depth information which I would never have found out myself. I also found the contacts of one of the primary schools in Congjiang area, southeast of Guizhou, which is very close to Guangxi. Check out the pics of the primary school below:

Old school gate...

Recently someone donated this new school gate... which to me is still filmsy.. but a lot better than the previous!

Typical classroom

Windows outside the classroom

The only way to keep the cold winds from entering the classrooms

Best tables and chairs in the school

Typical condition of the tables and chairs

Some are even spoilt but still being used

Teachers' Workstations...



Check out the 'cubicles'... and the little hole on the plank for waste to drop onto the slope...

Plans for better classrooms with a long corridor in the near future

I strongly encourage parents viewing this to show this to your kids or primary school teachers to show to your students on how lucky they are to have such nice classrooms and studying conditions compared to these kids. Please give us your utmost support when we request for collecting old clothes or participate in any of our fund raising activities. We will make sure those donated items/cash will reach the hands of these needy kids and families.

For the trip this year to Guizhou, I really do not know what to expect, as this is poverty at it’s worst. The trip will be rough, tiring and gruesome. But I know God is watching and He is gonna path the way for us and keep us safe. Join us if you wanna make a difference. Dates will be release after our meeting this Sat. 🙂

Till then, watch this space and Facebook. 再见咯!

With gratitude,

Big Roy