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! 😉 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! 🙂

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;  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 GUIZHOU, PROJECT TOILET 2011 UPDATES

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. http://t.cn/SUWSat. 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.

FACTS ABOUT OUR TRIP THIS YEAR:

Beneficiary贵州省黔东南州从江县东朗乡加民小学

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 cggsingapore@gmail.com. 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 : http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150423012318187.377360.189459588186&type=3&l=66a1a0414e

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...

Canteen

Toilet...

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

Project Cambodia 2009 A Success!

It all started with a little dream of mine, we formulated the plans, made the necessary arrangements and the entire trip was a success!

Care Givers Group (CGG) trip to Cambodia from 27-31 Dec 2009 was a resounding success and we couldn’t have done it without the help from so many people!

Firstly, I would like to give thanks to God for His guidance and constant protection over all members throughout the trip.

I would like to also thank all friends of our members who have contributed in the form of clothes and cash. Your contributions gave us more mileage when we were buying for the kids. The names of the cash donors are:

  1. Sandra Koh
  2. Manoj Gupta
  3. DJ
  4. Steve
  5. Chong
  6. Effie (Extra contribution)
  7. Rajdeep Kaur
  8. Emily Wong
  9. Andrea Entoney
  10. All members of CGG

Last but not least, special thanks are going out to all CGG members for their commitment, hard work and contributions. I wouldn’t have done it without everyone’s effort and you made this dream come true which resulted in brightening up so many kids! Please continue in your own way, influencing those around you to do like wise. 

Pictures are already loaded on our Facebook Page. Please check them out! I’m looking forward to our trip this year already. Venue yet to be decided but definitely in Asia as CGG aims to help less fortunate kids in Asia only. Hopefully we will have more support from our friends and associates this year so that we can scale up our projects annually. Hope those who missed out last year will join us this year. Set aside 5-7 days for us!

This has been an unforgettable experience, a great Christmas gift and a lovely advance birthday present.

Thank you all and may the Lord be with us! 🙂

 

Yours thankfully,

Big Roy