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....

First Hand AGM

The First Hand AGM will take place on Thursday 27th March 2014. All members are welcome to attend. The meeting will commence at 8pm at the Function Room of Fifth Avenue Condominium, 2 Fifth Avenue, Singapore 268800.

St Joseph’s Institute International Elementary School to support First Hand

We are delighted to announce that St Joseph’s Institute International (SJII) Elementary School Singapore has pledged to support First Hand with our next round of fundraising. Two grades have chosen to work with us as their Global Initiative and we also look forward to working on a larger School Community Fundraiser later this year. Look out for more details to follow soon! Thank you SJII Elementary School!...

Annual Fundraiser Walk in Labrador Park

On Sunday 16th June 2013, First Hand held our annual fundraiser walk.  We raised money for the ‘Village Health and Community Development’ project in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. There were fun challenges for the kids and grown-ups, a sausage sizzle and it was a fantastic day at Labrador Park.  $4,000 was raised for this terrific...
First Hand Trip to Phnom Penh May 2013

First Hand Trip to Phnom Penh May 2013

It was with much excitement the first 3 First Hand families set off for Phnom Penh on Labour Day, taking our huge bags of donations that had been collected in the run up to the trip. Wednesday afternoon saw us visiting the sisters at the Missionaries of Charity in central Phnom Penh. On the way we stopped at the rice market and supermarket to stock up on supplies – baby milk powder, nappies, floor cleaner, crackers. We then spent about an hour in the small room full of cots playing with the toddlers and babies that live there. We helped the younger ones with their dinner of chicken and rice (seconds were available for the hungry ones!) – all the children were in clean clothes with bottles of milk and ready for bed when we left. Thursday was the Riverkids day. We went down to the centre in the slum area of Phnom Penh and worked with about 30 children aged around 5-8 years old. While Qamariah and Nori, the two artists who accompanied us on the trip, got to work on the wall mural, the children themselves did some painting and then some tie dying on plain white t-shirts. The results were very colourful and the children were pleased to take them home at lunchtime along with beaded necklaces we had made with them and of course their painted faces. We visited the slum areas on the banks of the Mekong where many of the families live who are supported by RiverKids. The houses are really unstable, small and the area is frequently flooded during the rainy season....

Hollywood Night’s Fundraiser raises nearly $20,000 for Riverkids

Due to a successful ‘Hollywood Night’ Fundraiser, First Hand was able to present Riverkids with a cheque for $19,795.17 SGD.  Many thanks to all our supporters for your generous donations which will help the children in Cambodia. The Riverkids team will put this money towards their Kindergarten Project.  Fantastic efforts by all. Check out our Albums for some amazing photos of the...

St Patrick’s Society Singapore donate $30,000 to First Hand

Monday, June 13, 2011 First Hand was delighted to receive a donation of $30,000 from The St Patricks’ Society Singapore. The fabulous ladies from the Irish Society organised a ball earlier this year and have donated the proceeds to First Hand. This will help to provide amazing support to the poverty stricken shelters that First Hand supports in Phnom Penh. Many thanks to President Helen O’Neill, Jacquie Hourihane, Martine Daly and all those involved in organising the...

First Hand 80’s Disco!

Friday 27th May 2011 Friday May 27th 2011? I don’t think so! For those crazy chickens heading to the First Hand ‘Back to the 80s Party’, the year was more like 1981… More than 120 guests, all dressed to impress (80s style), turned up to the Dutch Club with the clear intention of bopping the night away to the very best of 80s pop, rock and disco. Partygoers enjoyed free-flow drinks and a curry buffet and were able to help donate to First Hand either by bidding for some impressive auction items or buying tickets to win some great prizes. But the serious business was going down on the dance-floor. Strutting their stuff, smoke-machine billowing in the background, celebrity spotters could be forgiven for picking out Michael Jackson, Madonna, Axel Rose, Holly Johnson and many more icons of the era. In all, the night was a great success with a fantastic amount raised $16,287.60, which will go to the RiverKids project food programme. With some great photos of the occasion people sure did Relax, enjoy some Red Red Wine and D.I S.C.O.! Disco...