First Hand and Blu Kouzina Summer Wine Evening raises $10,378!

First Hand and Blu Kouzina Summer Wine Evening raises $10,378!

Thank you to all our guests, sponsors and especially to Blu Kouzina Greek restaurant at Dempsey Hill for an amazing night on June 13th 2017. The Summer Wine Evening has raised $10,378 for First Hand. All the proceeds have been shared with First Hand’s two partners – Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart Cambodia. On the night, guests indulged in an array of Greek and Mediterranean dishes all prepared with organic extra virgin olive oil from Blu Kouzina’s family–owned Olive Grove Estate in Messinia, Greece. It was a typical balmy evening in Singapore and everyone could enjoy dining on the patio under the stars overlooking the peaceful greenery of Dempsey Hill. Vineyard owner and winemaker Dionysia Brintziki of Ktima Brintziki organic wines was in town and introduced four of their wines that were being tasted on the night. Martin McDarren also shared about the ancient Greek traditions of winemaking. After much food and wine, DJ Raj continued to entertain the crowd with music for grooving on the dance floor! The silent auction showcased amazing art, lifestyle, fashion and homewares products from our very generous sponsors: Astrid Dahl, Swiss Club Singapore, Expat Kitchen, Sandra Macheroux photography, White Ginger, Rouge, Jubilo Joias, Ellie Lasth, Edition Limitee, Screening Room, Affordable Style Files, Bode, Cote and Badt, Dansk and the Danish Seaman’s Church. Thank you everyone for a beautiful and memorable evening! More photos of the event are available at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FirstHandVolunteers/...

FIRST HAND AGM

Notice is hereby given of First Hand’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 7.30pm at SPAGO Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands. Do come along if you would like to be more involved with First Hand’s activities. Please do let us know if you intend to attend by e-mailing info@firsthandvolunteers.com. Thank...

Volunteer trip – 16-19th March 2017

FIRST HAND regularly visits the centres and brings donations. In November 2016 11 bags were filled with Netball kits, including clothing for girls teams and adult coaches, bibs, balls and hats which were brought over to Phnom Penh by volunteers. That is 113kg of sports clothing! The plan for 2017 is to facilitate regular volunteer trips for supporters and interested people to help raise awareness and therefore fundraise money for the centres and give volunteers an insight of where their money goes. The first volunteer trip will be a ‘centre renovation trip’ where we will help paint the bedrooms and lend a hand where it is needed. The trip will be March 16-19th 2017 and will give FIRST HAND supporters the chance to interact with the residents and give back to community. For more information and to sign up please e-mail us at: info@firsthandvolunteers.com before the end of January...
“I Can’t Believe You Are Wearing That…”Party

“I Can’t Believe You Are Wearing That…”Party

FIRST HAND held a fundraising fancy dress party on October 1st 2016 in the Hollandse Club in Singapore. Guests dressed up to the theme “I can’t believe you are wearing that!” and enjoyed an Indian buffet, DJ music and Photo Booth. Alex Mindel, DT technical advisor, and his wife attended the event and enjoyed an evening with live and silent auction, best dressed costumes and door prizes. The evening was a great success and with help from FIRST HAND members and local sponsors we raised $SGD 18,770.30 for Damnok Toek! Photographs can be viewed...

First Hand AGM

Notice is hereby given of First Hand’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 8pm at Prive Restaurant at Chijmes. Do come along if you would like to be more involved with First Hand’s activities. Please do let us know if you intend to attend by e-mailing info@firsthandvolunteers.com. Thank...
First Hand’s Black and White Ball raises over $100k!

First Hand’s Black and White Ball raises over $100k!

Thank you everyone for your amazing support at First Hand’s Black and White Ball held at The Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza on October 24th 2015. We are delighted to report that thanks to our generous partygoers, partners, donors and volunteers, we have raised a total of SGD 102,364.77. This sum will be split between our two partnering organisations in Cambodia – Riverkids and Damnok Toek, and will go towards their childcare and anti-trafficking programmes in Phnom Penh, Neak Loeung and PoiPet. At the ball, nearly 300 guests enjoyed an evening of thrilling performance art, a live auction, a gourmet banquet and free flow drinks. The performers and interactive artists ranged from stilt walkers and jugglers, to face-painters and hair stylists.  Early in the evening the S.T.E.P. dance duo performed a beautiful and moving modern dance piece while later in the evening the dance floor was packed with revellers jumping along to the tracks of talented cover singer Kunjung. The ball was one of our biggest fundraising events to date and we are so thankful to everyone who came along and supported us along the way. Please do check out the many photos of the event on Facebook to see if you were caught on camera! https://www.facebook.com/FirstHandVolunteers/photos Thank you too to Expat Living and Sassy Mama for media coverage of the event: http://www.expatliving.sg/Living_In_Singapore/moving-to-Singapore/Charity-events-balls-and-formal-galas-in-Singapore-100K-raised-by-First-Hand-Volunteers-at-Black-and-White-Masquerade-Ball-109212.ece   Sassy Mama Supports: First Hand...
Runway Heroes Event at CHIJMES raises $53,000

Runway Heroes Event at CHIJMES raises $53,000

The team at First Hand are thrilled to announce that our Runway Heroes Fashion Show & Luncheon event, held on Friday, May 29th in the beautiful CHIJMES Hall has raised almost $53,000. All proceeds will be donated to help vulnerable children and families served by Damnok Toek in Cambodia.  A huge thank you to our sponsors and guests who generously donated and help create such a successful event! The event has been covered in several magazines including Harpers Bazaar: Harper Bazaar covers Runway Heroes Fashion Event, click here for the article and Expat Living: Expat Living Runway Heroes event coverage, click here to...
Annual General Meeting March 25th

Annual General Meeting March 25th

            How you can support First Hand’s efforts in Cambodia?  Looking to learn more about First Hand? Come and learn all about volunteer opportunities to help improve the lives of children and support their education in Cambodia. The First Hand Committee is holding our next Annual General Meeting, where we will be electing the new 2015 committee, discussing the past year’s events, funds raised and their allocation, plus future projects for 2015. We would love to welcome anyone who wishes to get more involved with events that we organise. If you’d like to come along on 25th March, RSVP to info@firsthandvolunteers.com After the fantastic success of our White Christmas Party last year, where we raised a fabulous $45,000. We are planning several more fun events in 2015 and will be in touch soon with the details and dates of this year’s events. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us and to all of our amazing sponsors. Hope to see you soon at one of our fundraising events! The First Hand Team ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015 8pm, Wednesday 25th March at Food for Thought National Museum of Singapore 93 Stamford Road #01-04/05 Singapore T: 6338...

Requests for Donations-in-kind

Here is a list of requests from our Damnok Toek partners, A few of our volunteers will be travelling there next week and we already have some of these items to take with us but please let us know if you have any of the below items that you could pass to one of us before this Friday. Thanks!...

$7000 raised at Quiz Night to meet food bill target!

First Hand’s quiz on May 16th was a huge success. Thanks to more than 100 of you who came along and supported us. We raised just over $7000 which was a fantastic result and means that we now have enough funds so that we can fully support the wonderful children in the Goutte D’Eau special needs centre in Phnom Penh with food for the rest of the year, as we had pledged. It was so lovely to see so many people (even a few more than expected!). Thanks too to Jill for being such a great hostess and organizer – we will all miss you very much as you leave Singapore.                 We are planning another event after the summer – more details to follow nearer the time....