The initial idea was to arrange a visit to Mdm Dara’s home some time after the event where we first met – the inaugural charity car drive organised by the People’s Association called Love on Wheels: Zoom Zoom with a Heart! [Read the corresponding blog post here.]
I was inspired and touched by the soulful meaning behind the worthy cause that I wanted to create a continuity following this event. After connecting with the beneficiaries, why not develop a platform for subsequent ongoing interaction? Hence, the PAssion Motoring community service arm was formed and registered under Geylang Serai CC. A pure voluntary initiative, I will work with Geylang Serai CC and plan quarterly outings with this same group of beneficiaries that we befriended at the charity car drive.
Held at the community hall of Geylang Serai CC on 1 April, it was a simple afternoon affair with all 50 of the beneficiaries and the participants of the charity car drive. A sumptuous lunch buffet was prepared courtesy of Geylang Serai CC’s Culinary Club and while everyone was tucking in, stage performances by keyboardist Tristan Ong (a local music composer) and his lovely vocalist, as well as Stephy Jennifer Heng, a music teacher from Ocean Butterflies, entertained all.
I love making photo collages and decided to make one for Mdm Dara, the beneficiary assigned to Derrick and I during the charity car drive.
She was really happy to see us both and she touched my cheek fondly when I went up to her to say hi. We were still recognisable despite shedding the pirate costumes… though some of the beneficiaries remembered me as the pirate -_-”.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I took over the duties of the Mandarin emcee at the very last minute when Dr Fatimah Lateef made her entrance. With no prepared script in hand I just puffed out my chest and gave it a shot. Turned out it wasn’t too bad, phew!
A huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in helping me put together this post-event gathering for the charity car drive: Dr Fatimah Lateef, Geylang Serai CC, PMET Division at PA, Geylang Serai CC Culinary Club, beneficiaries and volunteers, participants of the charity car drive, photographer Max + videographer, the enthralling stage performers, Derrick for being the emcee and all who has contributed in one way or another …
One team you would probably recognise is these 2 guys Steven and Charles – the ones who always take part in car rallies with their funky hair wigs!
Don’t recognise them? This is how they usually are at car rallies…
Plans for the next outing with these beneficiaries are already in the pipeline – if anyone is interested to join us, please write me a comment here or drop me an email. You need not be a participant from the charity car drive or any other PA event – PAssion Motoring’s community service arm welcomes all!
For more photos of the event, view here.