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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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 😉