Fundraising Dinner (belated Post!)

Hello, for all email subscribers, please see www.adventure4aid.com for the project details and how much we’ve raised so far.

Hi everyone, sorry about the delay in posting photos  [see below] of our Fundraising Dinner that was held on 28th August at Marigold Chinese restaurant. The team have been back from Qinghai for about a month now, and just had to catch up on much needed rest & just chill out! 

For those who have been asking, I will definately send out another post & photos of our actual climb, I just had to work out what to say & how to say it! Please stay tuned. If there’s one thing you can’t accuse me of, it’s spamming you with too many blogposts!

For now, I’d like to write about our very successful Fundraising Dinner. Please drag your minds back to that wonderful day, when all the people who helped out- my friends and family, all pitched in and helped me make this a huge success.

In short, the “Adventure 4 Aid” team was overwhelmed with the generosity and support of family, friends, friends of friends, acquaintences, and people we don’t even know, including walk-ins to the Dinner who read about it in the newspaper! Everyone got into the spirit of giving!

We raised approximately $20,000, and this has pushed the project to just shy of raising TWO mobile clinics, when our target was just one! It’s not too late to donate, if you know people who might be interested, feel free to direct them to this website. Let’s see if we can get two mobile clinics.

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At the Dinner we had table prizes to start the evening off, there’s nothing like prizes to get everyone in the mood! Then we had entertainment thoughout the evening. Cultural dancers from local high schools performed the songs and dances of nomads in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau area. We had a dynamic demonstration of Wing Chun Kung Fu by my buddies William, Tony, & Quang (their website is on the right under “Partner Businesses”).

Then guests were entertained with traditional Chinese music- Mr. Cao Yulin & his Chinese instrument ensemble, and a guest appearance of a Beijing Opera singer. Last but not least, we were treated with the voice of Edward Lee, contemporary Hongkong singer, who was given flowers from the audience!

Jiji introduced the Qinghai Rural Mobile Clinic Project with slides & a short talk. We also heard from the Director of “Love Qinghai Tibet Rescue & Aid”, Philip Poh, via a special DVD sent from Qinghai, thanking all our generous sponsors.

During dinner, we had an ongoing Silent Auction with 12 major prizes that people could walk around during the evening and bid on. There were highly sought-after, generously donated prizes such as accommodation at Sebel Manly Beach, a home theatre system, or a covetted 20 year-old cask of Chinese Shaoxing wine in a hand-painted ceramic drum (see photos), which commanded the highest price of the evening… and many more.

We ended the night with a Raffle of about 30 prizes, ranging from training chopsticks to a designer watch, Canon video camera and Espresso maker.

My friends sold their wares for our cause: training chopsticks and home-made cards (both websites under “Partner Businesses” on the right).

My young niece & family friend (Alicia & Mulan) walked around selling fold-up scissors donated by dad, for a gold coin (the little one). REALLY WANNA SAY: ANYONE WHO HASN’T OPENED THEIR SCISSORS COS OF THE OIL IN THE BAG- THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TO STOP IT FROM RUSTING IN STORAGE- JUST WIPE OIL OFF WITH A PAPER TOWEL/CLOTH & IT’S GOOD TO GO! SO HANDY ON YOUR KEYRING! I have more for sale for anyone interested.

 ps. Feel free to post a comment on this or any other blog entry, or any page of the website.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to:

All the guests who supported the project by coming to the dinner. I sincerely hope you all had a good time, because your money is going to a good and practical cause. Without you…… I’d have tables full of prizes & heaps of takeaway food! No, without you, we wouldn’t be able to purchase these mobile clinics.

My family, especially mom & dad who were, after their initial horror of me climbing a 6000 metre mountain, 110% supportive of this venture &  the Fundraising Dinner. Family friend, DingYang & sweet Mulan & sweet Alicia for selling the fold-up scissors.

 All the wonderful friends who helped me make this evening run smoothly, esp. Teresa Or, Katherine Quan, Yolanda Tam, Sam & Ed Choi, Mabes & Jero Quek, Sarah So, Lee San Chong, Ken & Alice Gock, Steve Lin, and team member Sheena Chew for all her running around collecting prizes for me!

The 2 amazing MC’s Tom Sweeney and Phoebe Alexander

Judy, Sam & the team at Marigold Restaurant

All the Entertainers who added spice to the evening.

All the generous Prize Donors, too overwhelmingly many to mention.

Maria Chan for her experience and advice

Ivan Leung & the audio team for making us heard!

Anne Lee & Mel Gock for donating the proceeds of their sales of  hand-made cards & training chopsticks to the Mobile Clinic Project.

(aunty) Annie Li (Li Dan) for hemming up my Banner so it looked great!

And… of course the Adventure 4 Aid team– Sheena Chew, Julia Detheridge, Frank Lee, Mic Lewis (did the artwork for the banner) for being part of this crazy venture & of course doing such a great jarb selling all those Raffle tickets on the night.

Will be updating you about the purchase of the clinics in due course- we are still collecting donations!

  

 If  you prefer to see them all (but smaller)  here….

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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One Response

  1. A BIG sigh of relief from us all.

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