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Oct 10, 2010
Maximize Your Potential Ceremony (21 August 2010)


The 7th Maximize Your Potential (MYP) ceremony was held on Saturday 21st Aug 2010.  The event was graced by Geylang Methodist School (Primary) GMSP Principal Mrs. Rina Yap and Vice-Principal Mrs. Molly Soong.



19 MYP recipients ( seven Primary 4, six Primary 5, six Primary 6 students) and their parents started filling up the venue at 0930h.  The event started promptly at 1000h with introductions from Mrs Jessie Soh (who has been instrumental in the success of the program since its inception in 2004) and an opening prayer by school Chaplin Reverend Nga Mee Hee.


Mrs. Rina Yap

Next, Mrs Yap addressed the students.  She congratulated them on being selected for the award that was based on academic results, CCA participation as well as exemplary behaviour in school.  She encouraged them to keep up their good work.


Adrian shared with parents the intent of the MYP award that was raised by the Run For Funds (RFF) movement: To help their children develop their potential by exposing them to developmental activities that would otherwise be financially out of reach.  He also shared that RFF will be sponsoring a further $21,750 to run the MYP program at GMSP for another 3 years.


This year, we managed to get 2 of the first batch of MYP recipients (in 2004) to speak to the students.


Alfie Lim

Alfie Lim is a JC 1 student at Nanyang Junior College.  He told the students that each family faces different difficulties and challenges.  They cannot change this reality.  He urged them not to be discouraged by their immediate circumstances and continue to work hard and don't give up.  He encouraged them to continually seek knowledge and improve themselves. 


Tan Zhiwei

Tan Zhi Wei is now in secondary 4 in Hwa Chong's integrated program.  He shared how the MYP award helped him pursue his interest in art.  He also shared how he developed interest in software programming although it is not part of school syllabus.  Like Alfie, Zhiwei encouraged the students to make full use of their time to try new things and discover latent potential which may be useful later in life. 


The awards were handed out to the 19 deserving students.  Below are pictures of Mrs. Yap (left pic) and Rev Nga presenting awards.



Jee Hui (left) and Joyce on their recorders, with Mrs Jessie Soh holding the musical scores

Then Teng Jee Hui and Joyce Chim entertained all participants an instrumental piece (recorder).
  Mrs. Soong presented Adrian with a token of appreciation and Teng Jee Hui presented "thank you cards" prepared by MYP recipients to RFF supporters.


 Mrs. Molly Soong (left) and Jee Hui presenting token of appreciation to Adrian

The ceremony ended with a group photo session followed by light snacks for all involved.

MYP 2010 Group Photo

I'd like to thank GMSP for their continued support of the MYP program.

Special thanks to Mrs. Jessie Soh and Miss Theresa Tong for 7 years of dedication to the MYP program.


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Jan 31, 2010
RFF Update January 2010

This time, there will be no race updates.

No stories of mega blisters, broken shoes and "high speed" ah pek runners overtaking me.

For the first time since 2002, I didn't take part in the Stanchart Marathon because of a back injury, L5-S1 nerve impingement.

So the average finishing time in 2009 was reduced significantly, with one significant plodder out of the way

(Recently, there was an impassioned Straits Times discussion on whether to allow slow runners, plodders, to participate in the Singapore Marathon)


With physiotherapy and chiropractic sessions, I'm recovering well from my degenerative disc condition.

I put on my running shoes again in mid Dec 09 and have started my training for the Adidas Sundown Marathon in May 2010.

For starters, I'm taking slow, steady steps with 5-7km runs @ 10km/hr pace, 5 times a week.


Below are RFF activity updates since Aug 2009.

2009 was a year of change for RFF and its partners.

Read on and find out more.


Thanks for your continued concern and support of the Run For Funds (RFF) movement.





1.  Maximize Your Potential (MYP) award ceremony @ Geylang Methodist School (Primary)

This year, I'm proud to announce that RFF gave out a record number of MYP awards @ Geylang Methodist School (Primary), GMSP.

20 students of which 11 were new recipients and for one recipient, this was his 3rd award:

  • 7 Primary Three
  • 6 Primary Four
  • 5 Primary Five
  • 2 Primary Six


The award ceremony, hosted by teachers Jessie Soh and Theresa Thong, was held on 29th August 2009.

It was attended by the parents of the students as well as supporters of RFF.

This year's ceremony adopted a different format.

Instead of me speaking to the students and their parents (which should be as interesting as watching paint dry), I had 2 guest speakers.

The aim was twofold.

(1) To inspire the kids and

(2) To educate their parents of potential financial pitfalls that could affect their quality of life.


RFF supporter Sheena Ho shared how she overcame financial challenges at home to pursue her tertiary education.

Message to the students:  Don't give up even when the going gets tough.

  Sheena handing out MYP awards


RFF SuperFriend (ie. day one supporter) Jason Chen related real-life stories to the students' parents how he tried to help people break free from the abyss of gambling entrapments and how bad debts (with loan sharks) destroy lives.

Message to the students' parents:  Do not seek easy solutions to their financial hardships and land up in deeper ditches.


The personal sharings were well received by the parents and the students who later told me that these were timely reminders as the current economic crisis posed greater challenges to their already strained financial situations.

It helped them realize there is no "easy money" and that a good education is probably the best way of breaking the poverty cycle.

Below is a pic of the thank-you cards prepared by the students for RFF supporters.
(I am safekeeping them for you... haha !)


Note: I apologize for not posting more pics of the event.  They were blur because I brought a camera that people didn't know how to use properly (neither do I actually… haha !).  My fault. 



2.  New Principal @ GMSP

Miss Mabel Wee retired as principal of GMSP earlier this year.

Taking over the helm of the school administration is Ms Rina Yap (Mrs Liang)

In my interactions with Rina, I find her to be a principal "with a caring heart" who is committed to evoke positive changes in the lives of her students despite their family circumstances.

She is extremely supportive of the RFF movement and in the coming months, we'll be discussing how RFF can better assist underprivileged students.

An example is the some MYP students were enrolled in a school enrichment program.

It is an experiential learning session: Sand castle building.

The students were taught that it takes hard work to build a castle and that a firm foundation is critical.

Rina invited me to speak to the students after that session and my impression was that they learnt an experiential lesson that was hard to forget.


In my discussions with Rina, I expressed my desire to provide continued support for MYP kids who have graduated from GMSP.

For those who moved on to GMSS (Secondary, which is just opposite the primary school), we will work out a way to extend the MYP.

For you info, GMSS also changed its school principal in 2009.

As for those students who have gone to other schools, we'll have to figure out how to provide support in a meaningful and sustainable way.



3.  D'Joy Children's Centre


D'joy continues to serve the children and parents in the Jalan Besar area.

In its 2009 annual report, RFF was mentioned.

RFF provided study aids and equipment + defraying costs for medical bills of a student @ D'joy.

Bovis Lend Lease, led by Jerry O' Sullivan (BLL, my previous company, has several RFF supporters) also provided cyclical maintenance on a pro-bono basis with RFF sponsoring part of the bill.

Attached is an excerpt (thanks Jay for helping me extract this)



D'joy also had a change in management in 2009.

Janet Leong is now the principal of D'Joy.

I will be liaising with Janet on ways to extend the partnership that RFF has with D'joy.

This year, I also plan to engage BLL early in the year to see if they are prepared to chip in as well.


Work at D'joy is a labour of love as it changes the lives of children from challenging family backgrounds.

Dinah and I were invited to the graduation ceremony of the kindergarten kids in Dec 09.

They put up a heartwarming performance for parents and teachers.

Hopefully, the lessons that they've learnt @ D'joy will serve as firm foundations as they grow up.

Attached are some pics.





4.  Looking ahead


In 2010, RFF will be looking to leverage the success at GMSP and extending it to GMSS through partnerships with both principals in one working committee.

We will also assess the feasibility of RFF supporters mentoring some of these kids.

As for D'joy, it will continue to be an area of focus for RFF.

We will plug gaps where the government can't, hopefully with support of corporate sponsorships.

So if your company wants to give back to society, please let me know J



Have a blessed year ahead.




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Aug 16, 2009
Run For Funds Update (August 2009)


Hi folks,


Attached is the latest RFF update.

Topics covered:


1.  Why I won't be running this year's stanchart marathon

2.  RFF activities and financial statement


The 6th annual Maximize Your Potential (MYP) award ceremony is taking place on 29th Aug (Sat), 10 am.

Venue: Geylang Methodist Primary School, Level 3 Conference Room.

Come and meet the 20 award recipients you've sponsored.

Please email or SMS me to RSVP.






1.  Why I won't be running this year's stanchart marathon


Yep, what I feared has come true.

I won't be taking part in this year's stanchart marathon.

Old injuries are working up.


I'm currently undergoing physiotherapy to manage a right lumbar (lower back) nerve impingement.

The condition is like a "mini" slipped disc condition caused by inter-vertebral disc degeneration (due to age, seriously, and previous injury).

The pain starts at the lower back and runs all the way down to my right calf (that's where the nerve runs).

The pain is sharp and throbbing and physio is helping me manage the pain and recover.

It's a long road to recovery (probably 4-6 months).

Whether I'll be able to run long distance again (ie more than 10 km) will depend on how I recover.


In the meantime, I'm discussing with friends alternate ways for RFF can raise funds for the needy..



2.  RFF Activities


In RFF's 30th June 2008 update, the accounts were closed with

(a)  RFF funds: $37,700

(b)  D'joy fund: $9,514.10 ($13,390 was raised and $3,875.90 was spent on teaching aids and eye check up for a student)


a.  Activities @ D'Joy Children's Centre

As shared previously, RFF undertook the challenge to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities @ D'Joy.

My friends at Lend Lease Singapore supported this effort (through their community initiatives) in 4Q 2008.

Led by Jerry O' Sullivan, Lend Lease and its sponsors upgraded the infrastructure for a significant portion of D'Joy: Painting, piping, ceiling boards and air-conditioning.

The quantum of the pro-bono work exceeded $15k.


Following Lend Lease's generous contribution, I worked with D'Joy to complete other upgrading projects (classrooms, kitchen, general admin office)

A total of $10,295.25 was spent (cheque was issued in March 2009.  Details are available if you need them).

With these expenses, the $13,390 raised specifically for D'Joy was depleted and the shortfall was covered from the main RFF funds.


Note: In Jan 09, RFF sponsored $44 for another eye check-up for a D'Joy student.


b. Sembawang  Primary School (SPS)

As per my previous update, $6,000 was donated to help needy students and $1,500 for the a drop-in centre at SPS


c. Geylang Old People's Home

You'd recall RFF upgraded one ward at the home (new medical beds).

The administrator called to ask if I could help sponsor repair fees for its old laundry dryer.

It is used for old folks' clothes living at the home.

Upon further investigation, the machine was beyond repair.

So RFF sponsored a new $1,050 GE dryer for the home.



3.  RFF Accounts


With the closure of the EDB chapter and funds fully disbursed, I took the opportunity to open a dedicated bank account for RFF @ DBS on 29th Dec 2008.

As of 1st Dec 2008, the balance of RFF funds were $38,664.10.

I rounded up the number to $39,000 on 29th Dec 2008



D'joy upgrading                                       $10295.25

Eye check-up                                         $44

Bank account charges (@$2/month)         $14



Interest earned @ DBS: $46.10


Balance in bank account at 16 August 2009: $28,692.85


Note: With the $7,500 donation to SPS in 2008, there is a double tax deduction for it from my income tax.  I will confirm the financial benefit of the tax credit and cycle it back to RFF funds.


End of note.




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Dec 30, 2008
Race Report: Stanchart Marathon 2008

For the 1st time in 6 marathons,
I couldn't run past the finish line.

No triumphant hand-in-the-air photo opportunity.

I hobbled badly and inched slowly past the finish line.


For the first time in 6 marathons, with 250m of the 42km left, my mind told my legs to go left, they went right.


For the first time in 6 marathons, I walked the final 18km with one good shoe.


Despite the crazily siong (tough) SAF training which ended 2 days (Friday) before the marathon, I was physically tired but I felt in good shape.

The 2 weeks I spent in army uniform in the sun carrying stuff and maneuvering in the jungle probably helped condition me for the marathon.

So I spent the whole Saturday at home sleeping and by Sunday (7th Dec), 3 am, I was ready.

The first 21km was quite a pleasurable run. 
Completion time: 2h20min.
I was on course to finish the marathon close to 5hours.
There was a cool breeze (yes, I like "wind-assisted" runs) and again, at the 13 km mark, the African runners were on their way past the 26km, going the opposite way.


Then disaster struck.

At the end of this update is the SMS transcript between Jay (my buddy who went to support me with another chio-bu Grace, another runner).

I carry my mobile when I run marathons…. So I can order my cold tiger beer and meepoktah in advance for consumption @ the finish line.

(Warning: Some of the contents in the SMS transcript may not be suitable for those <18 years old).

When my right inner sole broke at the 24km mark, I knew I was in trouble.

There was no way I could run as the right foot had absolutely no cushioning and running would cause long term ankle and knee injury.

Walking the remaining 18km would mean there would be a lot of pain on the base of the foot.

Giving up wasn't an option………. No taxis in sight …. Hahaa !!


I had told myself many times before if I finished a marathon in more than 6 hours, I'd give up running.

This time I also knew finishing under 6 hours would be a huge challenge.

But since I have no plans to give up running so I solidered on …. Walk fast fast….. J

My finishing time: 5hr 57 min and the price to pay………
One mega blister (and there was another blister under this one... but it was too gross to take the pic).



Happy New Year everyone.

May you and your loved ones with blessed with good health in 2009.



SMS Transcript

08:39 Adrian: 24km and my inner sole broke. Sh**!!

JayWalk: So how? Can tahan? You can sms while running or not?

Adrian: No. I had a gd run till my shoe broke.
Adrian: Will try to complete. Feet Damn pain.

JayWalk: Hang in there. Sms me if you need the distraction.

Adrian: Ok.

JayWalk: Need anything? I can pass it to you on your way.

Adrian: No thanks. Appreciate the company via sms. Haha!

JayWalk: Where are you now?

Adrian: Right no support. Hurts. Can feel blisters forming….
Adrian: 14 km to go. One third left should be no prob.

JayWalk: Gambate!
JayWalk: See you at finish line.

Adrian: 30km. Getting over taken by Ah Soh not shiok.
Adrian: See Ah Soh VPL can puke.

JayWalk: Better than seeing Ah Soh camel toe

Adrian: Puke!

JayWalk: I am directly opp durian at the Cenotaph. Remeber to pose for picture (Jay: Which we didn't.)

Adrian: K
Adrian: 33km. No giving up now. My right foot hurts like ****

JayWalk: Less than 10 liao. Go go go
JayWalk: Need me to take chiobu photos for you > got mms?

Adrian: Quite low morale to see pple collapse along the way. Esp during the final stretch

JayWalk: You can take their power gel. I dun think they need it anymore. You got see FatKitteh?

Adrian: No mms
Adrian: No see her

JayWalk: where now?

Adrian: Approaching 36 in 3min

JayWalk: Less than macritchie liao!!
JayWalk: Reach durian buzz me

Adrian: Ok. Now cant walk properly. Struggling

JayWalk: What you wearing? Hang in there. Almost there.

Adrian: Wearing red thongs. I will get there

JayWalk: Flash me the red thongs for me to post online
JayWalk: Heart doing ok?

Adrian: Ok. Feet not ok

JayWalk: Stay in there. You are too close to give up. Hobble if you have to.

Adrian: Will do

JayWalk: How far are you?

Adrian: At 39km mark

JayWalk: A bit more means left 2.4 liao. Peanuts!

Adrian: Peanuts expensive

JayWalk: Welcome to singapore.

Adrian: 40km. 2 to go

JayWalk: Yeah baby!!

Adrian: Approaching durian

JayWalk: At the bus stop at the turn

Adrian: I finish liao
Adrian: In bright orange rff t shirt (Jay and Grace totally missed me at the finish line !!)

End of transcript.

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Nov 30, 2008
Run For Funds Update (Nov 2008)

Hi folks,


Greetings from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).


Yep, I'm serving my military reserve training from 24th Nov to 5th Dec (Fri).

It's surprising that the SAF still needs me.

Perhaps to show how things shouldn't be done during military exercises J


You guys know the Stanchart Marathon is on 7th Dec.

I've had my final long training run last night (Sat) and won't have the chance to train again till the actual run itself.

Reason: My unit is going to the jungle from Mon to Thurs and it would be absolutely insane for me to jog in the wilderness with my boots on (and I can't shower after the run too !!).

In this period, we'll be deploying our equipment and there will be sleepless (mosquito-filled, non-aircon) nights.

Needless to say, the training will take a toll on my physical well-being.

So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get injured or sick.

My target time this year …….. 5h 30 min (with my nipples intact at the end of the run ….. if you recall what happened last year).

Wish me luck.


This year, RFF will not be raising funds during the 2008 Stanchart Marathon.

We have enough reserves to fund RFF beneficiaries for 2009.

Some of you have offered cheques for RFF 2008 which I've asked you to either hold the contribution for 2009  RFF fund-raising or direct it to a cause in need of urgent support.


Economic conditions are bad and markets are depressed.

We should be prepared for a rough ride in 2009.

In such challenging times, those who are originally in need (due to their lack of skills or poor education background) could ask for more support.

If RFF runs short of funds in 2009, I'll give you guys a shout.


I will be closing RFF accounts for 2008 after my 42km run on 7th Dec.

Will give you guys a detailed breakdown of expenses in 2008.

The major ones are (1) $1.5k for Semb Pri School drop-in centre (2) $6k for Semb Pri day care / low income families fund (3) $20k for D'Joy renovation funds.


Talk to you guys in 2 weeks time.




p/s I wonder how much my brain has been damaged during my reservist training (activities are really non-cerebral) …… J

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Sep 14, 2008
5th MYP Award Ceremony (13th Sept)

Hi folks,

The 5th Maximize Your Potential Award Ceremony was held @ Geylang Methodist Primary School on 13th Sept, 10am.
Click here to see all the event pics:

It was attended by the award recipients, their parents and sponsors & friends of the Run For Funds movement.
The event was graced by GMPS's principal Miss Mabel Wee.
Recipients Jacky Thng and Lim Su Ru kicked off proceedings bidding everyone welcome and introducing the MYP programme.

MYP attendees                                       Jacky and Su Ru, our little MCs

GMPS then gave an update on the progress of the MYP students.
In the past 5 years, the MYP and pocket money fund @ GMPS have supported more than 50 students.
The current batch of primary 6 batch have done well in their academic results, achieving average scores >75%.

This year, we celebrate the influx of new talent into the MYP programme.
There are 8 new MYP award recipients from primary 3 and 4.
If they continue to excel in both academic studies and CCA, coupled with good behaviour, MYP will continue to sponsor them through their primary school education.

Below are the pics of awards (@ $200 posb voucher, $50 book voucher, $100 training grants) handed out by Miss Wee:

Benjamin (P6)                                          Su Ru ((P6)

Xiang Wei (P6)                                          Jacky (P6)

Zhiguang (P5)                                            Angie (P5)

Quan Fang (P4)                                         Joyce (P4)

Kelvin (P4)                                               Kok Kwang (P4)

Jee Hui (P4)                                            Hui Ci (P4)

Jun Hsian (P3)                                         Yi En (P3)

I congratulated the students on a job well done and encouraged them to keep up the good work.
I shared with them why doing well in school is like running a marathon:  One needs to train hard, be well prepared and NEVER GIVE UP.

I also thanked their parents for working hard and continuing to create the best possible environment to nurture their children's talent, despite challenging financial circumstances.
I related the story of how Chinese philosopher Mencius' mother moved house 3 times to ensure Mencius had the best environment for studies.
I urged the children to thank their parents for their labour of love and honour their parents (as per the 5th commandment that was given to Moses @ Mount Sinai).

Miss Wee presented the friends of RFF with a memento, in appreciation of our contributions.

The "old" batch of MYP winners also presented RFF friends a card, expressing their thanks.

Below is a group pic of the award winners, their parents and teachers.
I'd like to draw special mention to 2 special people, without whom, MYP and pocket money fund @ GMPS would not have been possible.
  -  Jessie Soh (front row, extreme right)
  -  Theresa Thong (extreme left).

I thank them for their dedication and love for the kids.

Parting words, (which I shared with RFF friends @ MYP ceremony):

RFF is a private movement and will continue to stay this way.
We will not raise funds from the general public but from friends and family.
It is my wish that more Singaporeans will start their own charity movements to help the needy at times when they need it most (ie. when our government system of support cannot assist).
To do so, there are 2 criteria:

1.  It starts within: Be the change that you want to see in the world.  There needs to be a compelling desire to evoke a change.

2.  It extends outwards:  Making a difference in the lives that you touch. Find a cause that you can identify with and let your desire and passion to help those in need flow through.

Start small.  You can't save the world.
How the plans will be executed will come naturally when the above criteria are met.
You will find like minded people (like Mabel, Jessie and Theresa @ GMPS), who will help you further your cause.

Well, that's all folks. 
To friends who attended the ceremony, thank for making time.
For those who couldn't make it, there's always next year :-)


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Sep 12, 2008
Update: MYP Award Ceremony (13th Sept, 10am @ GMPS)

Hi folks,


GMPS has informed me of a change in venue.

The MYP ceremony will be held at the AVA room (level 4) instead of the conference room, level 3.

GMPS will be putting up signs to guide you.

And you can always call me if you get lost.


This year, there will be 15 recipients of the MYP award.


For those who have responded +vely, thanks.

See you this Sat.

For those who have not, come lah..........  :-)


Have a good weekend.


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Sep 2, 2008
Run For Funds Maximize Your Potential Award Ceremony (13th Sept, Sat, 10 am @ GMPS)

Hi folks,
The annual Maximize Your Potential (MYP) award ceremony is here again.
Date: 13th September (Saturday)
Time: 10 am
Venue: Geylang Methodist Primary School (3rd level conference room).
Address: 4 Geylang East Central.  S(389706)
Come meet the GMPS kids, some of whom you've sponsored for the past 5 years.
Learn about their academic progress in school and how they've excelled in activities outside their schoolwork.
Also use the opportunity to interact with their parents.
I'm sure they'd appreciate a pat on their backs for bringing their kids up well, despite their financial challenges.
As there'll be friends visiting the MYP award for the first time, I will be giving a short briefing on Run For Funds (RFF), its goals (what we're doing @ D'joy children's centre and Sembawang Pri School) and the state of finance.
If you have friends who are keen to start something on their own to help the underprivileged in S'pore, invite them to this event.
If friends of RFF can do it, anyone can J
As GMPS will be catering light snacks for the event, I'd appreciate if you could RSVP by 6th Sept (Sat).
You can also sms me
Thanks all and have a blessed week at work.

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Jun 30, 2008
Run For Funds Update (June 2008)

Dear folks,


The final cheque for RFF 2007 arrived in June from an Australian friend.

Accounts are officially closed.

Through your generous contributions, a total of $13,390 was raised for D’Joy Children’s Centre.

Thank you for your generosity.


Below are the latest updates.


1.  Closing of RFF EDB Chapter Account

Since our last update, I received the official receipt from Geylang Methodist Primary School (GMPS) confirming the receipt of $16,228.82 from the EDB Chapter of RFF.

(Note: $16,160.59 was raised.  The incremental account was interest earned).

This money will be used for the continued support of the Maximise Your Potential Programme and Pocket Money Fund @ GMPS.

This also means that accounts for EDB Chapter of RFF is closed as all monies raised by EDB has been channeled to charitable purposes.

I’d like to thank Julian Ho for being an excellent custodian of the EDB Chapter funds and I wish the EDB-ians all the best in their charitable work.

I’m glad RFF was able to ignite the EDB-ian’s passion to contribute back to society.



2.  Financial Status at 29th June 2008

As per the Oct 07 update, available RFF funds (excluding EDB Chapter funds) were $36,942.52

As the monies were kept in a current account, I’ve applied a 1.0% interest per year (2 years) for unutilized funds and rounded up the figures to $37,700.

You’d also recall that funds for D’Joy will be used exclusively for D’Joy.


Carry over RFF funds from 2007 (non D’Joy): $37,700 …….(1)

D’joy Funds: $13,390 ……. (2)


(1) and (2) will be managed separately.



3.  Updates @ D’Joy


The first phase RFF assistance @ D’joy has been targeted at (1) creating better teaching tools (2) setting up an emergency medical fund.

To date, RFF has purchased, amongst other things, a Compaq notebook, Epson LCD projector, Mipro portable PA system, teaching aids and helped pay for an eye checkup for a child from D’Joy.

Total expense: $3,875.90.


You’d recall that D’joy, while extremely well kept and tidy, is in need of a fresh lick of paint and facility improvement.

The remainder of the RFF funds (for D’Joy) $9514.10 could be depleted to fund centre renovation works.

Djoy has applied for state subsidies for these works.

For approved projects by government (MCYS), Djoy is still expected to fork out a percentage of the cost.

RFF will aim to cover this cost.


D’Joy has appointed a new centre director, Charis Ng.

I’ll be working with her re the management of the funds.

Donna Tsang, her predecessor, has been posted Bethany Methodist Nursing Home.

I thank Donna for the help and dedication @ D’Joy.


4.  RFF goes to Sembawang Primary School (SPS)


After several meetings with the school welfare staff and principal, I’ve assessed them to have the passion and compassion to help needy students.

As such, RFF will be providing financial assistance to SPS in the following areas.


a.  Day care for needy kids


SPS welfare co-ordinator (Jen) shared with me 7 cases  (1 pending assessment) that the school is sponsoring, post MCYS grants.

I trust the school’s judgment in sponsoring these cases and I recognize that this will be a huge strain on the school’s finances.

RFF is prepared provide 50% subsidy (up to max of $6,000) to cover 12 months (July 08 to June 09) of day care service for these kids.

Why have I not committed to a longer term?

I believe the kids are placed there due to extenuating circumstances and there is a lack of short term solutions to alleviate their problems.

12 months should be ample time for the families to sort out their difficulties.

It should also buy them time to seek other governmental assistance (if any).

It should also give SPS time to seek other sponsorships to meet this need post June 09.



b.  Maximise Your Potential (MYP) programme


This has been implemented successfully at Geylang Methodist Primary School (GMPS) for the past 5 years and will be extended to SPS.

For SPS, Jen and I agreed to pick students from P3 and 4 from the top classes (5 from each standard)

Funds will be set aside to see this batch of kids through primary school.

Ie. For one pri 3 kid, $350 x 4 years ($1,400) will be set aside.

If I assume the max funding based on 10 kids all Pri 3 (assuming no P4 kid is identified), the total funding will be $14,000.

If there are less than 10 kids identified, it’s fine.


We will also have a yearly award ceremony where the principal, teachers and sponsors get to meet their kids and their families.



c.  Drop in centre for kids at risk


A drop in centre @ SPS will be set up to house kids at risk after school hours.

Jen showed me the breakdown of costs for setting up the centre.

RFF will sponsor fixtures ie the table and chairs + shelves ($1,500).

I’ll also source for a table soccer and paying using RFF funds.



d.  Medical bill fund + pocket money fund


Details need to be provided and assessed based on the need of the school.

So akan dating here.


If you have further queries or ideas to better aid needy kids, please give me a call.


God bless you all.



Posted at 08:48 am by meepoktah
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Feb 3, 2008
Run For Funds Update (Feb 2008)

Dear friends,
It's been a busy month of January for me.
Other than work, I've been called away for 2 weeks of holidays at SAF's Choa Chu Kang resort.
Was also given the opportunity to enjoy SAF's Lim Chu Kang's nature reserve, sleeping under the stars.
Am now back to civilisation.
I've been in contact with Donna (Director @ D'Joy) to discuss how the funds ($10k++) will be best used.
Part of it will go to upgrading of teaching aids / equipment.
Part will go to enrichment programmes and offering financial support to students who can't afford the fees.
The remainder may go to facilities repair.
Will keep all of you posted on how the funds will be deployed.
I aim to close the contribution collection for D'Joy by end Feb 08 and start using the dedicated funds in March 08.
Will also send you all a note to confirm the total unds collected in end Feb.
Thanks all.

Posted at 09:18 am by meepoktah
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