I mentioned in my previous post that friends who wished to donate but find it hard to do so (either because of not familiar with the road or doesn't have the time to do so) could tumpang me to send the money down, if they trust me lah.
And I'm shocked myself by the amount of money I managed to collect for only 1 day! I'd collected B$361.00 from my friends and also strangers who put their trusts on me. Kam-siah kam-siah! I'm flattered, really.
Before the class started on Saturday morning, I made an announcement to my fellow classmates highlighting the issue and gosh, my classmates were all kind lah.. Without second thought, they took cash out from their wallets and passed to me.
Azan contacted me through Stels and we arranged a time to meet in UBD and she passed me the envelopes and also her friend who contributed some dried foods. (Sorry, no pictures of them because Azan's friend said no to me when I asked if I can take a picture for them. Not even their backs and the condition of blurring their faces out..)
And later that day, Mau came to the hostel along with her "head" to pass me the nyum-nyums, which in Mau's dictionary means Money, collected among her department, IM of UBD.
Her "head" didn't want me to put her face in my blog too and she told me she doesn't want a "CAT" plastered on her face too, like what I did to Mau's in the sungkai post. I don't want to pixellate her pretty face thus I just smudged it. Can tell she's pretty right from the above picture, but can't tell who she is kan?
Next one who drove all the way to the hostel is Jamilla. I'm more used to calling her Xiang actually.
Still thin and tall like always....
If only I can transfer some of my fats from my waist and thighs to her.
And the most steady one is Drifting Cloud. A food blogger whom I only met once (because she gave me tickets to the talk and before that we only chat via MSN) and she put so much trust in me. Know what she did? She transferred the money into my bank account!!!
She's pretty busy lately and wouldn't have the time to meet me thus she did it the simpler way, Internet banking. I was asking her jokingly if she's afraid that I might tipu her money and she said no, because she knows who am I and... seriously, where can I hide after tipu her money? Everyone knows me and why would I want to jeopardize my reputation.. if I have any.
(Mau, I spot spelling mistake)
And today I text Iskandar telling him that I want to pass the money and food to him because I'm having class on Tuesday morning and can't make it for the handover of donation in SeriKandi. I went to Grinch's office and he suggested that I should tag along when he passed the money to the authorities this afternoon, since my house is less than 1km away from the venue so I said yes.
Grinch making phone call to the authorities
Like everyone else, I asked a lot of questions to kill my curiosity.. which I'm not going to share here in my blog. But I got a feeling that Bonny and Maullena are going to be my students next year.
The authorities jotting down the donations
We opened up all the envelopes and counted the money while the other lady noted it down. At one point "the account" was not balance having a shortage of $25, sekali it was still in one of the envelope.. Really kan-chiong man.
Inside one of the envelope
I'm sure the kids will be very happy seeing those stickers.
In less than a week, the children's lives changed. I'm truly impressed by the power of media and also felt really heart-warmed by Bruneians. Its not the amount that make the difference, it is the thought that counts.
Sedikit sedikit lama lama jadi bukit.
So if you have not taken any action and wish to do something, you can either...
hand out your donations to them personally...
Venue: Serikandi Restaurant, Kuala Belait
Date: 16th September 2008
or you can banked into the kids account...(created by Maktab Anthony Abell)
Name of account: Komiti Pemedulian Pelajar Maktab Anthony Abell
Account Number: 00-018-02-0038154
Bank: Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam