Awful Grace | July 2018

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You Are A Wonder

On a recent trip, I had a chance to watch the movie Wonder, based on R. J. Palacio's award-winning novel of the same name. August Pullman (Auggie), is a fifth-grade boy with severe facial deformity that prevented him from going to school. The book traces his experience in entering a mainstream school for the first time.

Auggie is considered a "wonder" because of his strength of character and his unwavering bravery and kindness. Over the course of his story, he taught both other characters in the book and real-life readers important lessons. Lessons on kindness, tolerance, acceptance and courage for both adults and children. Human connection was the fundamental theme, the idea that everyone is extraordinary in their own way. 

As a parent of children with special needs, and having had the privilege to work with hidden communities, I resonated with this movie on many levels. One of the most fundamental human needs is connection and if we are able to establish this, we will discover the essential humanity in each person we encounter. Wonder  was a timely affirmation of the fundamental ethos of Awful Grace as a social purpose movement, brought about to highlight the worth of every single human being and of helping them and all of us redeem our essential humanity.

Read our 2017 Year In Review Report

Celebrating Wonder

On September 28, Awful Grace will celebrate its third year with a fundraising dinner. An evening where our friends will join in an evening of joy.
The menu for this event will be specially curated by two chefs. Proceeds will go directly towards Awful Grace programmes. We invite you to support this event by donating towards a table. Tables are at $3,000, $5,000 and $10,000.
To find out about our celebration dinner,
please email us.

It is not enough to be friendly.  You have to be a friend. - R.J. Palacio

On May 11, friends, volunteers and supporters of Awful Grace turned up to meet with us over delicious cakes home baked by volunteer Jade Chow (Haute Pans Pte Ltd). The event was generously hosted at the Chinatown Heritage Centre, a partner of Awful Grace.

We shared about what we’re about, what we’ve been up to in Singapore and Nepal, and what we will be busy with in the next two years.

Toki Formation
We are excited to be working with Assumption Pathway School to run Toki Formation with the students from July onwards. This collaboration will see us working with the school in engaging students kinaesthetically through this character formation and self-discovery programme. Our engagement with Singapore Prison continues in 2018.
The second half of 2018 will see several exciting developments at Awful Grace and we look forward to sharing our journey with you. To those who have been our source of encouragement, our friend, you are a WONDER.  You truly are a wonder.

Grace and peace,

Christine Tan

When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.
- R.J. Palacio - 
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