12 July 2014: About an hour to closing time at Kits for Kids and you could finally see the tops of sales tables that were covered with hundreds of model kits hours earlier. Pickings were slim. Nearly all 1,300 unbuilt model kits had found new owners, thanks to enthusiastic modellers who showed up in force to support Students Care Service, who will receive funds from kits sold at the event, as well as corporate donations.
A young boy picked up an Alan 1/35 scale Panzer I light tank – one of the last boxed tank kits on sale – looked at the sparse offerings before deciding to buy a bag of parts for another German tank.
At the point of purchase, they were informed that the two kits came to a grand total of $20. The mom fished out $200 and dropped it into the donation box, thanked the student volunteers and the family left the room.
The show of support from this unknown family was mirrored by many heart-warming instances that underscored the kindness, patience and generosity of the people who thronged Kits for Kids. If you were there, you would have sensed the passion and buying frenzy of the midday crowd.
There was the young couple who came in with a Dragon Batman kit, among their donations. They declined to give their name, preferring to remain anonymous – unnamed yet mightily big-hearted for a charitable cause that helps at-risk children and youths.
Within two hours, some 1,150 kits had been sold. By 5:30pm, Kits for Kids was cleared out. More than 1,300 model kits were then on their way to new homes in all corners of Singapore. Because we had nothing more to sell, the second day of the sale was cancelled.
The final tally is more than $112,000 raised from the sale, cash donations from well-wishers during the sale, corporate and individual donations, as well as the dollar-for-dollar matching from the Care & Share Movement by ComChest.
In any language, the sale has been an outstanding success. We are pleased and humbled that this fundraiser, which was started with no template or precedent we could learn from, has drawn enthusiastic support from people in Singapore.
The event was a success thanks to our student volunteers, scale modellers who pitched in and the students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Business and Accountancy who came to help. Above all, it was a success thanks to all of those who came to browse and buy!
Greatly encouraged, together with the organising committee, we hope to bring back Kits for Kids in 2015!
Students Care Service would like to thank the following for the success of the fundraiser:
Organising Committee : Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, David Boey and Sudhesh Nair
Donors/Partners : POSB, Mr T., Singapore Pools, Huttons, SMRT, Deutsche Master, M Workshop, Kampong Ubi CC and Ngee Ann Poly
Volunteers : Darren Goh, Sean Chua, Eric Phan, Jonathan Tan, and Kwek CL
Supporting Volunteers : Cheng Xing Qiang, Edward Lim, Javier Tang, Joyce Goh, Licia Chee, Yap Ming Sheng, Xavier Sng, Tee Yi fan, Tan Zheng Zhou, Matthew Liew, and Kevin Luo