Happee Day

Make it a Happee Day for Children with Cancer.

Happy days, we all like those. We spend our days in the pursuit of happiness, making good things happen so that we can well, be happy. And a lot of us have a lot to be happy about – happy families, healthy kids, good friends, decent jobs, a nice day out. But then not everyone gets to be happy as often as they hope to.

Like families battling childhood cancer.

Childhood cancer isn’t something we like to think about, because it’s scary and it makes you feel helpless and thankful all at the same time. It’s not something that’s within our control, like we can prevent it by feeding only organic food or taking more multivites. We don’t know why it happens to kids and how we can stop it from happening. So we hope and pray that our kids stay strong and healthy and that we don’t ever have to sit in the doctor’s office to hear those scary words, “I’m sorry, it’s cancer.”

Some parents have been through that, though. More than a thousand of them. According to the Childhood Cancer Registry, 1,103 children were diagnosed with cancer between 1997 and 2005 in Singapore, with more than half below the age of 5. That’s over a thousand parents being told that their kids have cancer.

For them, happy days are hard to come by. They’re happy if their kid makes it through another round of chemotherapy or even just another day without puking or needles or mood swings or pain.

So we’re having our first event on 31 October. Mark your calendars, folks, because we are going to make it a HAPPEE DAY. I approached the Children’s Cancer Foundation asking if there’s anything we could do for these kids and they said, “why yes, yes there was. How about organizing an event to bring a little joy to them and give them a reason to smile, even if it’s just for a while?”

That’s why Mother, Inc will be organizing a mini carnival at Hort Park (venue kindly sponsored by Hort Park) for 30 children fighting cancer. There will be mascots, balloon sculptors, face painting, magic shows, a truckload of balloons and tons of more cool stuff.

I know the carnival is just one day of fun for these kids who have to be brave and go through years of jabs and treatment. Thing is, we can’t be there through it all, but one day is a start. To let them know that they’re not facing this alone. That there are people who care and are proud of them for fighting and are cheering them on. It’s a day we get to meet them and spend a morning together.

Here’s where you come in.

1. Be there.

If you’re free on the morning of the 31st, come on by to Hort Park for the event as a volunteer. We’ll need help with the logistics, carnival booths and most of all, to make friends with the families who are attending the event. Bring your kids, who will have a blast at the carnival and they’ll get to make some new friends at the same time. Also, if you have some ideas or skills (like if you can eat fire or juggle chainsaws or sing with helium) that you would like to contribute, just drop me a mail at daphne [at] motherinc [dot] org or via the contact form . That would be so awesome.

2. Donate.

If you can’t make it down but would like to help anyway, you can do so by donating to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. They provide financial aid to families who struggle with the burden of chemotherapy treatments and surgeries and your donations will go a long way in showing that you care. You can donate anytime from now until 31 October. Give a little and make someone’s day a little happier.

Click the donate button and select Happee Day under “Donation For”.

Update: Just to be clear, proceeds from the fund-raising go directly to the Children’s Cancer Foundation and not to the running of this event.  We’re riding on sponsorships and personal donations for that, more updates to come.

Finally, do publicize the event on your blog. You can grab this lovely widget (by the way, the artwork is by my friend JQ Ong, more on that in further updates) to put on your site, blog about the event and share it with your readers, tweet about it, share in on Facebook (you can use my share buttons at the bottom right hand of the page) tell other moms you know, shout it from the rooftops.

Make it a Happee Day for children with cancer

Just copy and paste the following html code on the text widget box of your blog.

<p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://www.motherinc.org/happee-day/make-it-a-happee-day-for-children-with-cancer/”><img title=”HappeeDaywidget” src=”http://www.motherinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/HortParkwidget.jpg” alt=”” width=”160″ height=”300″ /></a><a href=”http://www.motherinc.org/happee-day/make-it-a-happee-day-for-children-with-cancer/” target=”_blank”>Make it a Happee Day for children with cancer</a></p>

Update: Sher Maine from Offsprings has very kindly offered an alternative way of putting up the widget particularly for those of you on the Blogger/Blogspot platform.

1. Save the image of the widget onto your desktop.
2. Go to your Blogger Dashboard
3. select Design
4. select Add a Gadget
5. scroll down and little and select Picture (not Text)
6. Download the image of the icon and then put in the link
http://www.motherinc.org/happee-day/make-it-a-happee-day-for-children-with-cancer/

PS. All the latest updates will be on the Happee Day page.

PPS. As a show of solidarity, leave a comment below!

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103 Comments

  • Reply Jus October 1, 2010 at 7:40 am

    :) We’ll try to be there! (Gotta see if we can rearrange to go for our church’s Sat service, will let you know!) We could try to help out for face-painting or something…

    Its amazing that you’re organizing this, great job! :)
    Jus´s last post ..Monday made- Crunchy oatmeal cookies

    • Reply Jus October 1, 2010 at 8:31 am

      Or if you need someone to take photos… ;)
      Jus´s last post ..Monday made- Crunchy oatmeal cookies

      • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:46 am

        Thanks Jus, I’m hoping to get a sponsor in for the facepainting so fingers-crossed there. Bring your camera!

  • Reply Andrea October 1, 2010 at 9:41 am

    HAPPEE DAY!!! My whole family will be there!!!!! :)

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:47 am

      Thanks Andrea for the support. :)

  • Reply VeR October 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Oh I love the artwork! And I love that you are planning this event even more! Now that I am a parent, I know that it’s very painful to see our own children go through pain. This is the kind of event that these children need to go! To let them know that they can play like normal healthy kids too!

    My family and I will be there! Will email you, how I would love to help!

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:47 am

      Thanks Ver for the support, as always!

  • Reply Jas M October 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I would really love to help!

    Have you got a balloon sculptor already? I’m an amateur one, can only do like flowers and poodles for the girls, and swords for the boys. Probably I can be an assistant to the professional balloon sculptor?

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:48 am

      Poodles are very impressive! Yes I do have a balloon sculptor, can i pencil you down for the assistant then?

  • Reply TheSavvyMummy October 1, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Hallo! Hit on your blog by chance. I think the idea is really great! I have put the widget on my blog to help you to publicize the event.

    Would really love to attend the event as well. Unfortunately, it’s too close to my expected delivery date! So I can only help by helping you to spread the word. Wish you success!
    TheSavvyMummy´s last post ..Baby Hospital Bag- Things to Pack for Hospital Stay

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:49 am

      Thanks for plugging it on your blog and please take good care and have a smooth delivery! Put some photos up on your blog of your newborn once you pop ok?

  • Reply Anne October 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Count me in!! While I might not be so gifted in balloon-sculpting or making rabbits spring out from magicians’ tophats, I can be a standby nanny for all your kids! Already have my apron ready. In addition, I can pour drinks, serve food, usher, run (literally) errands… all at your service M’aam!

    • Reply Jas M October 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      I can teach you!!! :D

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:49 am

      Hey Anne, will definitely rope you in. Think I’ll get my mum and in-laws to be there, so you can just roam around and play with the kids. Unless I need another emcee..

  • Reply Sean Lee October 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Hey this is awesome. I am very happy that you are doing something like that and Im glad i can even be a part of it. I will be down with my guys to make some beautiful pictures.

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:50 am

      Thanks Sean. So thrilled you will be there!

  • Reply Viv October 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Great initiation to kick start an effort towards making the lives of these children better and more purposeful. I’ll be there and will be available to render any help that is needed =) Can’t wait! wHOOTS!

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:50 am

      Thanks for your support Viv!

  • Reply Jerry October 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Sorry I can’t be there. But I’ll post on FB and get my friends to show up to support okie.:)
    GREAT EFFORT to one of the coolest parents around.

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:51 am

      Yes, please do spread the word, thanks Jerry!

  • Reply Ms Glitzy October 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Woo! So happy to see more blog-initiated charity projects! All the best for the event and can’t wait to hear more about it. Maybe we can collab a “Let’s Care & Celebrate Happee Day” next time! Serious!
    Ms Glitzy´s last post ..Facebooking September

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:51 am

      Hey you know what, we really should think about that.

      Let me get this out of the way and see what we can come up with next. :)

  • Reply Edmund October 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Wow! This is definitely a great cause! :) and a thumbs up to you for organizing it!

    Will definitely be publicing it for you on my blog. :)

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:53 am

      Thanks Ed! :)

  • Reply Pamela October 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    LOVE THE EVENT POSTER TO THE MAX ;) I am so excited that i am manning the face-painting booth!!! Come join me! ;)

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:53 am

      Thanks Pam for the support, see you on the day!

  • Reply mamabliss October 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Daphne, I’ve announced about this event on my FB :)
    mamabliss´s last post ..We Love Water Play

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:54 am

      Thanks for the support! :)

  • Reply andy October 2, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Let me know I can volunteer :)
    andy´s last post ..Early Childrens Day gift from our swimming teacher

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:55 am

      Thanks Andy for spreading the word, and I have replied your email!

  • Reply JZ October 2, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Awesome! I’ve used the Contact Form to contact you. I’ll mark this day down.
    JZ´s last post ..Mommy cooking

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:55 am

      Thanks JZ. I’m looking forward to what you’re proposing :)

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  • Reply Leonny October 2, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I would definitely mark my calendar and share this event with as many others as possible! It’s really encouraging to see another mommy who goes all out to do something for other families like this! Will definitely support you guys and all these little ones with cancer!
    Leonny´s last post ..Making – Evening Silhouette Watercolour Painting

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:56 am

      Hi Leonny, so honored to have your support. :)

  • Reply Jacqueline yeo October 2, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Thank you for letting us know about such a humbling cause. Will definitely try to make it down for the event on the 31st & will spread the love!! Great work!
    Jacqueline yeo´s last post ..Keppel Marina

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:58 am

      Thanks Jac, I hope to see you on Happee Day! :)

  • Reply Kelvin October 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Good cause! I will spread the word!
    Kelvin´s last post ..Our BAD experience of using a confinement nanny Liqing

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 1:59 am

      Thanks Kelvin for the support! :)

  • Reply San October 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

    O Happee Day! Love the idea! I’m in :) Widget’s up on my blog, & I will post on it too to spread this!
    San´s last post ..Happy children’s day!

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 2:00 am

      Thanks San, see you and Jayvon on Happee Day!

  • Reply shann October 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Hello!!!

    I was thinking of making lots of foam flowers and get my gal and her friends (20mths) to be “flower gals” and give them away as they “do their rounds”? what do you think?

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 2:01 am

      That would be so pretty! I love the idea!

  • Reply sunflower October 2, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Hey there,

    My blog is not self-hosted, thus a limitation for putting up the text widget box . But I have blog about it and make the post as sticky. I will leave it there till the event end on 31st Oct.

    In the meantime, I have replied your mail.

    We will be there. It nice to know you guys are working on this even to give another reason these little tots who are battling with cancers a SMILE!
    sunflower´s last post ..An Meaningful Event NOT to Miss – Make it a Happee Day for Children with Cancer

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 2:03 am

      Thanks for your support Sunflower, no worries about the widget.

      I look forward to seeing you and Yvette on Happee Day!

  • Reply Rachel October 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

    For a while I thought I missed this event on Children’s Day already!
    It is so heartening to know that as stay at home mums, we can still reach out to people through our blogs for something as meaningful as this. This is so exciting and will definitely mark this down on my calendar. Look forward to more updates, meanwhile will think about how I can contribute :)

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 2:05 am

      Thanks Rachel, I really appreciate that. hope you can pop by with Malcom!

  • Reply Tin October 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

    You are doing a great cause. Kudos to you!
    Will dash down to the event if time permits that day.
    Will put up the widget in blog and facebook.
    Sorry, can’t be of much help…
    Tin´s last post ..I like RED

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 2:09 am

      Tin, I’m already very touched by your efforts in sharing and publicizing this event. It would be awesome if you can make it!

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  • Reply Phoebe October 2, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    not sure if we can be there but will surely publicize this event on FB, blog and everywhere I can think of! :)
    Phoebe´s last post .. 2nd tooth extracted

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 2:09 am

      Thanks for the support Phoebe!

  • Reply Rachel October 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Kudos on organising this! I have publicised it on FB and marked it down on my calendar as well :)

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 2:10 am

      Thanks Rachel. It would be great if you could pop by with Kyle on that day!

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  • Reply corsage October 4, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Done-ed!
    The power of mothers online.

    You guys really rock to be doing this!
    corsage´s last post ..Happee Day!

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 2:10 am

      Thanks Corsage :) I replied your email!

  • Reply The Beauties In Our Lives October 4, 2010 at 9:37 am

    What a wonderful gesture, and it is so AMAZING that you are organising a megamoth event like this for CCF!!! I will try to be there with the girls and will publicise this on my blog! Great job, Daphne! *standing ovation*
    The Beauties In Our Lives´s last post ..Learning At Home- Forest Animals

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm

      It would be AWESOME if you could pop by with the Bees, I’ll do an RSVP closer to the date. Thanks for the support! :)

  • Reply strawberrymilkmama October 4, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Won’t be there, but would just like to tell you, you totally rock! :)
    strawberrymilkmama´s last post ..She tells me

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      Eh, thank you. :) Pity you can’t be down but spread the word k?

  • Reply Leona October 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

    This is an awesome, wonderful thing. I have done a post on it on my blog (couldn’t get the widget to work) and linked to your blog from mine. Will be there!
    Leona´s last post ..Jacob Ballas Childrens Garden

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Leona, I’ve posted an update for those on blogger in the post to get the widget working.

      Regardless – thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing you and Ryan on Happee Day!

  • Reply Rachel October 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

    hey, thanks for organising this!
    will be there. will spread word. pls keep us updated with whatever help you may need.

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks Rachel! I’ll do another round of RSVP along the way, meanwhile will give frequent updates here. Thanks y’all!

  • Reply beanbean October 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

    hey daphne, this is a wonderful idea. kudos to you for orgainsing this with 2 young kids on your hands. just realised that your event is on a sunday morning so i’m not sure if we can be there since we are likely to be in church but we’ll try to pop round to show our support! will definitely be helping you spread the word!

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks, it would be great if you could come by and I can finally meet the handsome Noey in person. :)

  • Reply todaysmotherhood October 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Daphne,

    We are happy to include this in our events page Make it a Happee Day for Children with Cancer. Thanks for your efforts :)
    todaysmotherhood´s last post ..Make it a Happee Day for Children with Cancer

    • Reply Daphne October 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm

      That is AWESOME. Thank you!!!

  • Reply Ing October 5, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Wow! It’s so wonderful of you to organise this event and even more heartwarming to see the overwhelming response. I’ll grab the widget and publicize this on my blog too.

    • Reply Daphne October 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks Ing, by the way did you see my emails? I wanted your vege-ice cream recipe, haha..

      • Reply Ing October 7, 2010 at 1:26 am

        Sorry I only just saw this. No, I didn’t receive any emails fm u… strange. Well, my vege ice cream recipes are not really recipes at all. All I did was place some cut fruits and vege (eg. 1 golden kiwi, 1/2 mango, 1/2 carrot) in the blender, blend and freeze in freezer… That’s about it. You can try with whatever fruits or veg you like. Happy experimenting!! :)

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  • Reply Shiqin October 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Wow this is so awesome! I’ll see if we can pop by that weekend… in the meantime, I’ve stuck that nifty li’l widget on my blog. Cheers!
    Shiqin´s last post ..Good Morning- Giraffe!

    • Reply Daphne October 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Shiqin, thanks for the support. I’ll do an RSVP closer to the date, would be great if you could come by! Looking forward :)

  • Reply Yuling October 6, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Hi Daphne, this is such a great cause, and kudos to you for fronting it with so much on your hands! I would be tied down with work that morning, but would support with the sponsorship and activity kits (heard about this thru Corsage). If there’s more I can do, will drop you an email!
    Yuling´s last post ..Two years of the Fantastic Four

    • Reply Daphne October 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

      Hi Yuling, thanks so much for the support. Yes, please drop me an email anytime.

      Corsage is AWESOME, I just dropped my jaw at her email moments ago! You gals are absolutely amazing.

  • Reply lilsnooze October 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    This is really a great cause and much kudos to you for pulling the event together, on top of taking care of 2 tots!

    We are not able to make it unfortunately, due to church. But will see what I can contribute towards this.

    • Reply Daphne October 7, 2010 at 12:23 am

      Hi Yvonne, pity you can’t join us with Nat but no worries! Sure, feel free to email me anytime you have an idea.

      Thanks again for the support!

  • Reply valerie October 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    For this event, if me and my friends wants to help out as a volunteer, do we need to register for it?

    • Reply Daphne October 7, 2010 at 12:24 am

      Hey Val, thanks for the support! Do you mind dropping me an email at daphne[at]motherinc[dot]org and let me know exactly how many of your friends you’re intending to bring? Appreciate that!

  • Reply chocklitmom October 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

    What a great idea! Have donated, added widget to blog and will try to make it for the event. My dad is currently battling cancer so I know how much more difficult it must be for families with children suffering from cancer. Hope I can be of help!
    chocklitmom´s last post ..Frivolous Friday- Harry Potter themed party

    • Reply Daphne October 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm

      I’m sorry to hear about your dad and I hope you’ll get well soon.

      Thanks for the support, I’ll do an RSVP real soon. stay tuned for more updates, I’ve got exciting news to share. :)

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  • Reply Lydia October 13, 2010 at 11:06 am

    this is awesome !! it’s such a great cause..will try our best to be there with my 2 boys to share the love and spread the joy =D

    • Reply Daphne October 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm

      Hi Lydia, thanks for the support! I’ll contact you via email for a final RSVP

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  • Reply Jane October 13, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Woah, you’re really amazing. As in you’re a stay at home mum who has to battle with two young kids everyday. Yet you manage to keep a well maintained blog AND still squeeze out enough time to organize a charity event. Kudos to the effort!
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    • Reply Daphne October 14, 2010 at 11:47 pm

      Hey Jane, thanks for the support and putting it up on your blog and all. Bring Kaiser & Titus along if you can make it!

  • Reply domesticgoddess October 14, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Wonderful effort, Daphne! Love the initiative. Have shared it on Facebook. Will blog about it too. Will try to bring my boys down to spread some joy and love on the Happee Day! :>
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    • Reply Daphne October 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks for spreading the word! Would be great if you can pop by with the boys!

  • Reply Jimmy October 20, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Looking forward to being there on 31 October 2010!

  • Reply Amie October 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    wowee! I salute u for organising such a meaningful and fun event! I’ve marked my calender and will be bringing my kids down. Will spread words to my neighbours and relatives with kiddies!
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