As a long-standing leading volunteer at a Cancer Hospice in Singapore, my co-volunteers & I have developed a very close trusting bond with the staff & the organization.
We organize annual fundraisers to support lunches twice a week for our patients.
This Covid Diwali, my team was restless! And I will be repatriating soon too. We need our funds to be in place .2020 fast going by…
Due to Covid, fresh sweets are also in less supply. We all believe in giving value for the money we receive as donations. So we decided to create our own Diwali homemade hampers with traditional Indian sweets & savouries with Laddoos, Kachories, Nan Katai & cornflakes Chivda.
The team worked relentlessly in procuring packaging material & creating our own hampers ( see pic ), taking orders, collecting payments, cooking, packing & delivering to so many homes.
Just by word of mouth, we were sold out in 2 weeks and had raised our target amount. Some people even wrote us generous cheques.
Laddoos are tough to handle, so we had outsourced them to a male cook. He wouldn’t negotiate on his costs that involved more than 1000 ladoos. But he surprised and humbled us on the last day by giving us a whooping 100sgd as a donation towards our cause.
When we tried to politely refuse, he stated, “Business is business & this is charity.”
We later learnt that he cooks part-time to support his wife, who is on Dialysis.
So here’s wishing Swamiji & all the readers a Happy Diwali ?.
Kindness is contagious, it’s effects far reaching.
~ Manjula Om Bains