Sean first came to know of the organisation through friends in the modelling community, when he was roped in to establish the organising committee for Kits for Kids 2014. The idea of a charity sale then was mooted by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, who had donated his personal stash of 500 modelling kits for our charity sale. Seeing its potential, the committee, and Sean included, decided to open up the collection of model kits to the public.
While the committee was made up of model enthusiasts, they all came from different backgrounds. Some were professionals in the corporate world, some were in aviation, while Sean himself was a lecturer in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). For the event, the group of modellers banded together and got down to doing everything themselves: from the sorting of kits, to labelling price tags on every single kit and setting up for the sale.
The first ever sale of pre-loved model kits was a huge hit, and the event, which was originally planned for two days, had to be shortened to one, as there were not enough kits to sell on the second day, recalls Sean.
Since then, there have been two more hugely successful runs of the event. The committee also held a modelling workshop with clients from SHINE in 2015. Sean quips: “It makes me feel happy when I work with the kids to complete the simple model plane kits in three hours, and I see their interest ignited in this hobby!”
This Year, Kits for Kids will be back again for the fourth year! Stay tuned for more details.