Ok, y’all, thanks for the overwhelming response, the support for Happee Day has been really incredible. Thanks for all the messages, the emails, the Facebook posts, the retweets, the blog posts, the widget posts. I just need to say that it’s an honor to be planning this event with all of you. You guys are rockstars. Seriously.
First, a shout out to all the sponsors and partners who have agreed to volunteer their services for the event. These folks are the best at what they do and they have offered to contribute their talents to put together a day of fun for the children with cancer.
Which means that they are not only talented, they’ve got heart.
1. Hort Park, who are sponsoring the venue. They’ve agreed to let us use the Multi Purpose Hall as well as the Lawn for the 3 hours on the 31st.
2. JQ Ong (jq_ong[at]yahoo[dot]com), who did the artwork for the invite as well as the widget. He will be in charge of art direction and making the look place as happy as possible. Also, he’s a really badass interior designer so if your house needs designing, he’s the guy you should look for.
3. Calvin the Mage, who is our balloon sculptor for the day. This guy is like Michelangelo, except instead of marble he uses balloons. For real, y’all. His event company is the perfect one-stop shop for all your party-planning needs.
4. Host extraordinaire Bernard Loh, who will be emceeing for the event. See, anyone can hold a mic and get up on stage but few can really deliver. All I can say is Bernard Loh can really deliver.
5. Global Mascot, who are sending over a couple of mascots. This is kind of a secret but I hear Ironman will be making an appearance. I am very excite.
6. Photographer Sean Lee, who volunteered to do a professional outdoor shoot for the families. Also, major props to Hendra, Leonny, Bing and Jus who are all trying to make arrangements to be there. I think we won’t have a shortage of awesome photographers coming down.
We are still in talks with several other folks who are keen to be part of this event, like face painters, magicians, gaming consoles, caricaturists, food artists and caterers. We still have a couple of booths to be filled so if you have any ideas and contacts, let me know. We want to make it as fun for the kids as possible.
Also, thanks to all of you who’ve made plans to be there as a volunteer. If you’re able to make it, RSVP with details (like names, contact numbers and how many people will be coming) so we can arrange for the food catering. Please bring along your husbands (1 each), wives (also 1 each), kids (as many as you want), friends (as many as you want). I’m sorry that pets are a no-go due to certain restrictions. Also, some of the kids may be terrified of dogs and we wouldn’t want them to freak out.
If you have a preference on what you would like to help out with, we’ll arrange for that, but if not, we’ll get in touch with you on how you can help once the booths are all firmed up. As a rule of thumb, we’ll assign those without babies to do the heavy duty stuff like booth-manning while the families with kids can do the meet and greet.
Just a note on personal donations. Some of you have kindly offered to contribute actual money to the event but that’s a little tricky because I don’t want to spend time in jail for misappropriating funds. So let’s do it this way. I’m working to get most of the stuff sponsored by the experts so we won’t be paying for the venue or the booths. There are however, some items that do need to be paid for, like the busing for the 30 kids to and from Newton MRT so if you’re keen to donate to the event, it would be better if you could adopt some of these items. That way, you get the invoice for the stuff you’re paying for and my kids don’t have to visit me in prison.
I’ll update you guys with more details along the way. Let’s make it a good one for the kids.