On September 28, we celebrated our second year with an inaugural fundraising dinner with more than 260 friends. It was a night of sharing life and of being in community. The evening unfolded with life stories of those whom we have journeyed with these past two years. These include Toki Formation apprentices from Admiralty West Prison and their family members, friends from Victim Support and Rehabilitation Program (Nepal), Saturdays@Lengkok Bahru, volunteers, partners, donors, family and friends.
In total we raised about $130,000, and managed to keep our fundraising expenses at 6.5 percent. The funds raised will go towards supporting our programme expansion from 2019 onwards and administrative costs. If you would like to make a donation for pottery pieces from inmates, please contact us to view them.
Thank you once again for those who were part of this celebration. In the words of a Toki Formation apprentice who spoke at the dinner:
"I am telling my story because none of this would have happened if I had not joined Toki Formation. It changed my life and now I want to pay it forward by staying out of prison and in time when I am stable, to be able to mentor youth-as-risk so they don’t end up in prison wasting their youth. Thank you Awful Grace, thank you Christine, for believing in us and for helping us discover our better selves."
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AWFUL GRACE'S INAUGURAL FUNDRAISER
Volunteers and friends from Toki Formation.
Friends from Nepal celebrated the evening with us.
On display during the dinner were exquisite pieces of pottery by Jessie Lim as well as pieces from our apprentices from Admiralty West Prison. If you would like to make a donation for a pottery piece from our apprentices, please contact us.
As part of our commitment to the people of Nepal, we will be embarking on our mission trip this year between November 11 to 19. Our journey will take us to Kathmandu where we will run a health screening clinic for an estimated 180 villagers and children. We will also be visiting Dhulikhel prison about 30 km outside of Kathmandu to kick off a sewing project.
The Awful Grace and Singapore Red Cross goat farming project this year will see an additional 20 families from Dhading start their own goat farms after they complete the goat and cow farming training in November.
We welcome donors to join hands with us in enabling these communities to rebuild their livelihood after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. If you would like to be part of this initiative, please drop us an email.
ASSUMPTION PATHWAY SCHOOL
We completed the first run of Toki Formation at Assumption Pathway School last month. We celebrated this achievement with an exhibition of the pottery pieces created by our 2018 graduates. Our apprentices can look forward to their pieces being exhibited at the school's official art exhibition on November 14, at The Arts House. The guest-of-honour for this special event is Ms Chong Siak Ching, CEO of the National Gallery. Congratulations to our apprentices!
With the fundraising event, we crossed from our second year into our third. What was significant was the fact that our community of volunteers, donors and beneficiaries celebrated this journey with us on September 28. I am pleased to announce that Awful Grace is now a full member of the National Council of Social Services.
The journey of Awful Grace is not one that is measured in time alone, but as the song "Seasons of Love" goes - it is measured in laughter, cups of coffee, conversations, love. I thank each person who has shared these with us.