PROJECT CHIANG MAI 2013 UPDATES 3

Hey y’all,

Sorry for not updating sooner as I was awfully swarmed with my big move inter-city within China and finally able to catch some breath over the weekend to work on posting this update.

From our last update, we are already filled for this year’s charity trip to Northern Thailand. So this year we have a total of 16 members heading up to bring joy and fun to the 160+ kids of Baan Mae Ping! This is definitely a record for CGG since we started 5 years ago! Awesome!

While we are organizing our activities up there as well as logistical matters, we are also planning for our fund raising event which will be announced in our next post. We would like to thank our friends and colleagues for some donations coming in every now and then and we will definitely acknowledge and list them down after our trip.

So check out our next post and we really hope to see you at the fund raising event!

With gratitude,

Big Roy

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PROJECT CHIANG MAI 2013 UPDATES 2

Hey folks!

Just some updates following from our previous update for this year’s trip to Chiang Mai.

Participants:

We have a total of 13 participants signed up for this trip! Now we are left with only 3 slots for any one of you who are still contemplating in joining us! Email us at cggsingapore@gmail.com to register your interest!

Donations:

We have received some donations from our friends and colleagues these couple of weeks. Similar to our members who commit their leave days and own funds for our annual trips to bring joy and hope to the less fortunate kids, we too have a bunch of friends, family and colleagues who are there supporting us yearly for our projects. Some were skeptical at first but when they see the stuff that CGG does and the appropriate usage of the donated funds, they have more confidence that these monies get to the hands of the needy. Kudos to all our donors in the past years and years to come!

Fund Raising:

We are in the midst of planning our fund raising Coffee Appreciation Cum Latte Art event on the 14th December 2013, Saturday. There will be 2 sessions;  morning and afternoon. Details will be out soon sometime this month. Lock in the date first if you’re keen ‘cos we have also locked in that date for the event. 🙂

Will update again soon, take care y’all!

With gratitude,

Big Roy

PROJECT CHIANG MAI 2013 UPDATES

Hey y’all,

Just a quick update on the school that we’ll be visiting after gathering some facts from the principal.

Name of School: Baan Mae Ping

Number of Students: 168. Includes 29 students and 17 orphans staying in the school.

Age Range: 5 to 15 years old.

School’s Wishlist

  1. Drums x 10pcs (Est total S$650) – To be played for national anthem every morning before school starts and also for any other major events.
  2. Learning Materials (Est total S$400) – English/Thai books & educational posters.
  3. Supplies – Rice, instant noodles, cooking oil, sanitary pads, mosquito nets, etc.
  4. Bath Towels (Est S$10 each) – These will be used as blankets to keep the kids warm during the winter season from Nov – Jan period.

Participants:

So far we have 11 participants already confirmed with flight tickets and accommodations booked. Dates are still from 25-31st Dec 2013. If you would like to join us in this years trip, we still have 5 more open spots for people we are genuinely keen to experience doing charity out of city areas. Hurry now, base on first-come-first-serve basis! 🙂

Please refer to our previous blog post (http://wp.me/pE63z-a4), we are still looking for sponsors for the items listed. Regardless your donation amount, every bit will help us help the unfortunate kids during our trips. If you can gather some friends, colleagues or family members to sponsor the larger ticket items, it’ll be awesome! And as per all our annual trips, we’ll list out all our donors on this website to recognize them for their selfless contributions so that our trips can be more meaningful to the beneficiaries!

Looking forward to hearing from all of you soon!

Hugs,

Big Roy

Care Givers Group

Project Chiang Mai 2013

Hey y’all!

As you may have recently discovered that we have postponed Project Myanmar this year due to the SEA Games which coincidentally will be held in Myanmar at the same time we are suppose to be there.  We came to this decision due to the fact that hotel rooms are pretty booked up, while everything else is inflated for this upcoming huge event in Southeast Asia. As a result, we reckon that our every dollar cannot be stretched as much as we expected it to be. We want our donors’ money well spent. At the same time, as all expenses are paid by the members themselves, it will be pretty costly for them as well.

Hence we have brought forward our next year’s project, which is to Chiang Mai. With God’s blessings, we managed to get contacts and information for the north western parts of Thailand, Pai District of Mae Hon Son. Pai is a village within the valley of mountains which is about 4 hours drive from Chiang Mai city. The people there are mainly from hill-tribes and have been living in poverty.

The School/Orphanage:

We have a few options actually but just to mention one of them, which is a school cum orphanage. This school has 200 kids and out of the 200 kids, there are 40 orphans, whom were made orphans overnight by irresponsible parents who dumped them in the school and didn’t come back for them. That’s how poor they are. The kids will be fed lunch in school daily and you can imagine the cost for feeding 200 kids. Their staples have been poor quality broken rice and vegetables. Meat or even noodles are rare unless some charity/volunteer groups come along and buy them lunch when they visit. So quite likely we wanna help this principal who dedicated her life to taking care of these children (especially the orphans), forgoing her own marriage and possible city life.

How You Can Help:

Contributions can be in the form of the following:

  1. Sponsor A Bag Of Rice – S$50 for 100kg of broken rice. They need basic necessities like these on top of other stuff like mosquito nets, sanitary pads, soap, milk powder.
  2. Sponsor A Lunch Of Love – We will engage a cook from an eatery in Pai to cook a simple noodle soup lunch for 200 kids and staff. Cost is around S$500 per lunch. (We were told that some kids can eat 3-4 bowls as they do not know when they will get to eat this again.)
  3. Donate A Cartridge Of Polaroid Films – We need around 25 cartridges so that each kids will get to keep a Polaroid picture taken with one or more of our members. So that they will be reminded that when they grow up, they can also help others in need.

There will be excess from these money that are donated and we will donate them to the school.

We will be organizing a Coffee Appreciation Session also, price at around S$50 per pax. Venue and date yet to be confirmed. Same thing, surplus will be donated to the school.  We will also be using our balance funds from last year to buy stationeries and snacks for the kids, and maybe donate some money also.  All spending and donors will be mentioned in this website after the whole event, just like what we did for the past few years.

Tentative Dates:

25th to 30th Dec 2013

For those who wanna join us in this expedition, we are limiting to 16pax only. Our members going this year consist of 9 pax already. All base on first-come-first-join basis. 🙂 All expenses (air tickets, accommodation, transportation, food, tour, etc) will be shared and paid out of the participant’s pocket. Funds collected will be used for the beneficiary/beneficiaries only.

So if you and your mates would like to sponsor or donate any of the above-mentioned, or if you would like to join us for this trip, please email us at cggsingapore@gmail.com. Be sure to ‘Follow Us’ here, our Twitter @caregiversgroup and our Facebook Page for further announcements for the trip and activities.

We need all the help we can get! Looking forward to hear from you guys! 🙂

Care always,

CGG Committee

2012 EXPENDITURE & DONOR LIST

On behalf of all members and beneficiaries of Care Givers Group, I would like to thank all family, friends and partners who have donated or contributed in any way to our year of activities. We can only do so much but with your support, we can go further to reach out to more kids in need in Asia. God bless y’all!

TOTAL COLLECTED (2012) AMOUNT (SGD)
FUND BAKE $1,700.00
COOKIES OF LOVE $2,190.00
CASH DONATION $3,850.00
CARD SALES $847.00
TOTAL COLLECTION (2012) $8,587
TOTAL EXPENDITURE (2012) $5,546
BALANCE FUNDS (2012) $3,041
DONATION BROUGHT FORWARD (2011) $1,272
BALANCE FUNDS CARRY FORWARD TO 2013 $4,313

 

DONOR LIST

COOKIES SALE CARD SALES CASH DONATION FUND BAKE STUDENT SPONSORSHIP
Sharon Nai Roshe Sun Chen Nan Chia Hwee Lang Yan Yan
Rosy Ho Chua Beng Wah Xu Pei hui Roy Lim Rosalind Lim
Roy Lim Sue Yap Roy isobel li dingding
Han Joo Sharon Nai Rosaline Lee Glynis Hong
Yee Wei Ling
Aileen Wong
Lee Siew Poh SUN Chen-Nan
Dennis Cheong Penny Choo Lee Siew Poh’s mum Weng Cha
Kok Eugene
Chew Keng Wah
Dennis Cheong Ampara Aramcharoen
Kong Tuck Chee Adeline Koh Saudah H M N Diana
Tey Ju Nie Guan Leng Maxx Carmen
Koh shi ying Shermaine Tan Tai Ngiap Rosaline
Magendran Phil Quek Sze Wei Lim Peck Cheng
Lee Bing Yang Kon How Natalie Sok Gek Bay Tay Yu Ling
Deng Xinying June Amy Ng Khuang Choo Pu Lu
Zinkie Aw
HuiShi
Goh Puay Yew Zhang Jiazhen
Roshe Ye Ling Toh Lay Hong Teh Qing Li
Goh Chwee Sim Marisca Diana Chng Lay Yan Rachel Chan
Lee Siew Poh Peter Peh Pei Ru Sharon Nai
Chitra Kumar Andrew Ching Sieh Woon Ang Xiao Fang
Sue Yap
Roy
Joyce Chan Maxx Chew
Lina Nai Ong Teck Guan Sim King Huei Jonathan Seow
Julia Nai Annie Samantha Ong Shen Jau
Yvonne Wei Lin Lin Wanqing Han Joo
Cai Shiyun Jason Yap Qiuyi Rachel Tan
lance soon Grace Isaac Chua Eugene Kok
Lim Peck Cheng Juliana Keith Man Charlene Soon
Rachel Tan Andrea Chong Khai Siang Nur
Tay Yee Yan Winnie Joshua Chua Brenda Nai
Iris Wee Tiffany Samuel Choo Paul Poh
Jonathan Seow Faith Lee Peili
Zhang Nan Sunnie Amelia Lim
Elaine Neo Jane Rosalind Yeo
Diane Pek JiaSheng Chia Suwei
Teng Oon Tang Ashley Trina Gan
Adrian Leow Debbie Serene Ong
Ho Xinning Mindy John Chiah
Tan Sai Choo Eve Diana Tan
Lim Lay Huat Matthew
Sun Chen Nan Simon
Juay Shenny
Chen Hui-chi Rachael Teo
Chai Chai Hoon Christina Lee
Trina Gan Lee Siew Hua
Sim King Huei Goh Tong
Samantha Ong Iris Wee
Samuel Choo Lee Kim Kiok
Karen Ow TC Wee
Audrey Khng Wee Xin Lin
Tam Yongwei Wee Xin Hui
Jason Foo Wee Xin Min
Tay Xinyun
Chia Suwei
Tan Say Hong
Lin Qingyao
Michelle Phoo
Ching Sieh Woon
Daniel Soo
Jamie Chia
Claire Zhang
Seah Seng Chye
Terence Lim
Joyce Puah
Wong Jia Yun
Deborah Chia
Lilian

Thank you all once again and do keep a look out for our activities this year and not forgetting our annual year end trip! If you wanna join us for the trip or contribute in any way, write to us at cggsingapore@gmail.com! We would like to hear from you! 🙂

 

Care always,

Care Givers Group

PROJECT GUIZHOU 2012 A SUCCESS!

Hey y’all!

Sorry for not updating any sooner as everyone was busy with starting the new year in their own careers, then came the Chinese New Year, and I was in pain for about a month for a sprained foot. Finally we finished with the tabulations of the donors and their contributions, as well as what we spent on last year’s project. Will do that posting in the next entry.

Let me talk about our trip to Guizhou. The trip was gruelling as usual and this time our bus got stuck in the mud due to extreme bad weather conditions up in the mountains. So bad that we had to walk uphill for more than half an hour and got the kids to help to pull the bus while we push from behind!  Nevertheless, the trip was awesome, for those members who have not been to such trips, it was an experience that they will remember for a long time. Especially so ‘cos we stayed over for a night in the school this time round and spent more time with the kids and staff there.

As usual, we gave out goodie bags to the kids when we arrived and this year we budgeted more for it. We handed out our handmade cards as well with well-wishes from all our donors for the kids. Then we played games with them but due to the limited time we had, we had to release them to go home before it got darker. We had a great dinner although some dishes were not exactly what we expected but overall it was still comforting to have hot steaming rice and our very own Curry Chicken to add to the feast. Later on that night, we wrote our well wishes on the lanterns and let them go into the dark starry sky. When it was time for bed, we were well equipped with our newly bought sleeping bags, snuggled in the wooden rooms and slept the sub-zero degrees night away.

In the morning, we were awoken by the rooster crowing at 5-6am, then from 7-7.30am, the speakers in the school blasted with some Chinese nation songs… Hence we didn’t need any alarm clocks to wake us. 🙂 Breakfast was simple cup noodles and we witness the kids doing their morning exercises before they head for their classes. As we have arranged, we got the Principal to carefully select 4 students with very bad financial conditions and invited their parent/guardian to come to the school in the morning. We presented some money which will provide for the family a year of basic necessities. The worse case was this girl who lost both parents, now taken care by her grandpa, who is really old and feeble. She cried when we gave her the money and grandpa was thanking us profusely. Sigh, we wish we could do more, but this is just one school out of thousands that is not well funded by the Chinese government, just because of the lame excuse of geographical disadvantages.

This trip will probably mark a temporary halt for our outreach efforts in China for now as we will move on to other parts of Asia to touch the hearts of other kids in hope that they will grow up and do what we do, show the kids in need our love and care. You too can do your own charity in your own way, regardless the magnitude. A little effort goes a long way and who knows, that one particular kid may be inspired and remember you for life and give back more to society than you can never imagine.

Keep the faith y’all!

(P/S: Pics from the trip can be seen in our Facebook page. http://goo.gl/V4pLp)

(P/SS: Our contribution of brand new tables and chairs and school bags could not arrive in time while we were there, hence only after Chinese New Year they were delivered and assembled. Pics coming up in later posts!)

Care always,

Big Roy

FUND BAKE 2012 – REMINDER!

To all participants for Fund Bake 2012 tomorrow! Please remember to:

  1. Bring your registration fees
  2. Bring your preferred ingredients (raisins, choc chip, nuts, cranberry, berries, etc)
  3. Come early before 1.45pm
  4. A bag to bring back your own baking
  5. Monetary donations, if any 🙂

We are looking forward to you tomorrow! Let’s bake and have fun! 🙂

With gratitude,

CGG Committee