I think the order was: Lydia had read some of our blogs raving on about BBQ Addicts’ superior BBQ items. She wanted to organise a lunch for the kids, and so wrote to them requesting for quotations. Grill Sergeant Lance decided to sponsor the BBQ and roped in his friends, asking us if we’d like to spend a Sunday at Rumah Hope with the kids. Yes sir of course sir.
I don’t remember but I must have asked if they needed anything for the BBQ or home. Someone told me that because of the ‘back to school’ period, the kids were lacking of stationery. Somewhere down the line, I thought of preparing stationery goody bags for the kids when we were to go over for the BBQ outing.
Off I went to my usual stationery supplier. I told him about what I wanted to do, then picked out items which I thought that the kids may need in school. I’d asked Lance to find out the number of kids below and over 12 years old as they will have different needs. To cut the story short, my stationery supplier (who would like to remain unnamed) and I came up with a goody bag for both groups, each costing RM40. He’d given me good discounts for the items for which I’m most appreciative!
Then I rallied my family and friends to help in sponsoring the stationery bags. By the end of the day, I had sufficient pledges of donations. Much overwhelmed and humbled by your generosity, thank you! By the time I was ready to collect the items, I had extra money to purchase add ons such as Manila cardboards, art drawing blocks, geometry sets and so on. These would be given to the home’s administrators to dispense as and when necessary.
Sunday came, off we went to Rumah Hope! It seems to be a good home, quite well-equipped. The home admins and most of the older kids were at church selling coupons for their upcoming Open Day so there were only a handful of young kids around when we got there. As someone quipped, it’s easy for kids to mingle; just run around with them and chase chase chase.
Time to get the BBQ started! Lance had a new BBQ equipment and it was a challenge to get the fire going. Heheh, didn’t prepare for that leh!! Horng went to get dry branches and twigs which worked. As you can see in the photo, Mrs Cheang and Kim helped by channelling inner qi towards the fireyahhh…
Yeap, I had my cousins bring Ryan the Nephew along. The kids were mostly interested in computer games anyway, so iPhones and similar gadgets with games in them were huge hits.
We had lots of awesome food! BBQ Addicts’ wonderfully marinated chicken wings, satay, Juicy Lucy, mushrooms and cheese, bacon-wrapped asparagus, premium sausages… other volunteers prepared different types of food so there were salad, sandwiches, mashed potato, jelly etc.
Saw lots of running and chasing, UNO and assorted computer games being played, Haze drawing cartoons for the kids… a huge hit, that!
There was an arts & craft session headed by Melissa. You’re given a piece of paper, some black ink and straw, then you have to blow the ink to make a pattern which hopefully turns out to look like tree branches. Then you stick little pieces of pink paper to make the blossoms. There was gold dust too… saw a lot of creativity in process.
See the completed works!
Time to give out angpows and the goody bags!
… and a group photo!
Thanks everyone. It was a wonderful Sunday, I had a great time. And thank you, my stationery goody bag sponsors. Couldn’t have done it without you, thank you!!
Rumah Hope, established in 1994 is a sanctuary for abused, neglected and under-privileged children between the ages of 5-17. The Home relies solely on public funding to maintain itself. For information on the home and activities, check out their website.