CGG Gourmet Coffee Appreciation Workshop A Success!

What an awesome day! Today’s Gourmet Coffee Workshop held at Highlander Coffee was a great success! We had 2 great sessions and we were filled for both of them!

All thanks are going out to all friends and family who came today to support our event, your participation gives us more reason for us to carry on further in our mission to help more unfortunate kids!

Thanks also for friends who took so much time in baking cookies and biscottis for the participants and also for sale as well! they taste great!

Thanks are also going out to Highlander Coffee for hosting the venue at a discounted rate for us and accommodating our infiltration into their premise! ๐Ÿ˜‰ They gave us in depth knowledge of how coffee was evolved and how to prepare various types of coffee with proper techniques!

And not forgetting all members of CGG for coming down to help and ensure our guests are comfortable from the time they arrive! You guys are awesome!

We have uploaded all the pictures of today’s event on our FB page (http://goo.gl/jEKM71), so go check ’em out now! ๐Ÿ™‚

With gratitude,

CGG Committee

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; ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Will update again soon, take care y’all!

With gratitude,

Big Roy

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. ย 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. ย 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. ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Care always,

CGG Committee

FUND BAKE 2012 – 8TH DEC 2012

Fund Bake 2010 was a roaring success and we will be bringing back this event for 2012! This year, all profits will be part of the funds raised for buying new tables and chairs for Jia Min Primary School in the mountains of Guizhou!

Details are in the poster below:

CGG Fund Bake Dec 2012 - Thye Hong Center

The baking session will be conducted by Chef Lun from Flourish by SmiQ. Flourish is also our official venue sponsor for this great event! Check out their FB page for more mouth-watering cakes & pastries! (https://www.facebook.com/FlourishbySmiQ)

So hurry register before all 30 seats are taken up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Register online now at http://goo.gl/rBIqK!

or email us at cggsingapore@gmail.com!

Chocolates… Vehicle…

Have you ever come across a kid who has NEVER eaten or tasted chocolates before? I have. And I was reminded again during a recent conversation with the principal of our beneficiary for our Project Guizhou, Project Toilet 2011 (https://caregiversgroup.wordpress.com/?p=158) efforts. He actually ask me if we can bring some sweets or candies for the kids as they love them. I said of course! We’ve got it all planned out and will bring chocolates as well. Then he replied in Chinese,”Our students here have never tried chocolates before…” Sad right? then I thought about kids living in the cities… or back home… They probably eat selective brands of chocolates… Damn depressing after I heard those words from him. Hence those funds raised in SG, we will be buying stuffs to put into a goodie bag for them. Total 142 kids. Somehow I wish my business friends who owns factories can supply school bags for them… But hard facts of life, no response… hence I also won’t ask even though they know I have a charity group ongoing…

I was also talking to the car rental company which will be providing us a bus with driver to bring us to and fro from Guiyang and the school. The lady I spoke to is a young graduate who just started working not too long ago. She told me what we are doing changed her perspective of life and she feels so small compared to us. I told her don’t even say that… every little effort counts, no matter how small it is. What CGG is doing is definitely considered small as compared to those charity giants like you know who… But if we can touch the hearts of even one person, we know what we are doing is definitely on the right track and that will spur us to do even more! That lady even mentioned that she will use us as an example from now onwards. I was so touched after hearing those words. I believe our CGG members felt the same as I did. Touching someone’s heart, someone who is more than 3000km away, someone whom we don’t even know…

You wanna know what our vision is? This is one of them.

Care always,

Big Roy ๐Ÿ˜‰