A Heart For Cambodia Fundraiser Raises $54,830 Despite Covid Challenges!

A Heart For Cambodia Fundraiser Raises $54,830 Despite Covid Challenges!

  2020 posed some unique challenges for fundraisers, but that didn’t stop the volunteers of First Hand from throwing a great party. Instead of one large gala, this year’s event moved to 37 homes across the island. Each host invited up to 5 guests (as per Singapore Covid guidelines) and each host even had their own safe entry code. Running an event across 37 locations required serious organizational skills, but this year the fundraiser had special importance. Some of Cambodia’s most vulnerable women and children have been seriously affected by Covid restrictions. First Hand wanted to continue to offer support to their partner organizations in Cambodia (Damnok Teok and Mother’s Heart) during this difficult time.   A team of volunteers drove around Singapore, delivering everything hosts needed to create a gala experience at home. Along with table decorations, balloons and beautifully arranged flowers from Dan Takeda Flower and Design, hosts received a delicious Greek food package from Blu Kouzina Restaurant. TTG Wines provided specially selected sparkling, red and white wines.   Guests were asked to dress in red or blue – the colours of the Cambodian flag. Finally, after months of planning, an amazing 217 tickets had been sold to the event and the stage was set for a fun evening in support of Cambodian women and children.   Despite being physically separated, all 37 homes connected through Zoom (thanks to Michael at iClub) for a full evening of entertainment. Scott Mitchell, from Mad About Comedy, hosted a fun and lively event that included an intense Trivia challenge and a great live auction with some heated bidding.   The live auction...
Fundraiser Party ‘Singapore Chic’ raises $57,000!

Fundraiser Party ‘Singapore Chic’ raises $57,000!

What do you get when you take twenty women from ten countries and add one great cause?  You have what it takes to create a very successful fundraiser event to benefit some of the most vulnerable children and youth of Cambodia.   On Saturday 09 November over 170 people attended ‘Singapore Chic’ fundraiser at one of the remaining  500 “black and white” bungalows in Singapore. The “black and whites” as these houses are known, were built to house members of the military and their families during the colonial period of the early 1900s.  With its stunning gardens it formed the perfect venue for a night of feasting, music, and celebration, to raise money for First Hand. First Hand is the funding organisation, dedicated to raising and distributing money to benefit its two partners – Mother’s Heart and Damnok Toek.  Mother’s Heart’s focus is providing programs and support for young girls and women facing crisis pregnancies, often alone.  Damnok Toek provides a range of amazing programs for marginalised children and youth, many with special needs. Preparations for the fundraiser event started in March, with regular meetings held in the run up. From August, this team of resourceful women approached a number of businesses in and around Singapore and were able to secure donations of goods and services which were then auctioned off on the night.   Some of the more unique donations included a 12th century antique statue from Shang Antiques in Dempsey Hill, a stay at Teluna Island Resort and many more. Even tennis player Roger Federer signed a couple of tennis balls, which between them raised over $1200! A...
First Hand Great Gatsby Party raises over $45,000!

First Hand Great Gatsby Party raises over $45,000!

On October 27th 2018,  200 supporters of First Hand attended our 10th Anniversary Great Gatsby Party, graciously hosted by the Danish Seamen’s Church of Singapore at the Golden Bell Mansion on Mount Faber. The setting was absolutely spectacular and completely in keeping with the Roaring 20s theme of Great Gatsby. Guests arrived dressed to the nines and were welcomed by a champagne tower, cocktails and live jazz music from Intan Duo and Jay Gatsby’s Jazz Band, who played throughout the night.   Group photos by Karen Lucas were available on the grand staircase and a roving magician, Yu Ji, from Meta Illusions wowed and amazed guests with a mystifying array of tricks. A sumptuous buffet, including a whole lamb on the spit, was served by Blu Kouzina while fine Italian wines from Bacco accompanied the dinner. During the dinner guests were entertained by our hilarious emcee, Scott Mitchell from The Merry Lion Comedy Club, who engaged the crowd in playing table games and bidding on items in the Live Auction. Generous sponsors gave away a huge array of items for First Hand to raise funds, ranging from – antiques, artworks and holidays to dining vouchers, jewellery  and lifestyle gifts. All the funds raised in the silent and live auctions, and the event proceeds will go directly to our beneficiaries in Cambodia – Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart. The party continued into the wee hours with more music, dancing and the crowd playing their part as though at one of Jay Gatsby’s infamous parties! First Hand is so thankful to all of our guests, sponsors and partners for your incredible support and...
White Christmas Ball raises $21,969 in aid of Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart Cambodia!

White Christmas Ball raises $21,969 in aid of Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart Cambodia!

We are so happy to share that the First Hand White Christmas Ball has raised a grand total of $21,969.43! This amount has been sent to our two direct service partners in Cambodia – Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart.  The Ball was held at the Swiss Club Singapore on the evening of Saturday 2nd December 2018. The night began al fresco with drinks on the iconic Chess Lawn and music by Intan Duo. Soon after, a three course dinner was served in the beautiful Arbenz Restaurant which overlooks the Club’s lush grounds. Throughout the dinner, 100 guests were entertained by Welles Tan Party Portraits and Christmas songs were performed by the amazingly talented Ukuladies.  Later the emcee got the crowd going with a spectacular Live Auction featuring a signed NZ All Blacks rugby jersey, dinner at Les Amis, a hamper by TheAC and a holiday to Batu Batu. Afterwards, guests danced the night away in the Rifle Lounge with disco music courtesy of DJ Raj Khera. In all, it was a spectacular event which lived up to the season-of-giving spirit. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful guests, generous sponsors and amazing team who made it such a night to remember! There are lots more photos of the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FirstHandVolunteers UPDATE: the Ball is featured in the February issue of Expat Living 🙂...
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/...
“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...