2011 Audited Report has been uploaded

The 2011 Audited Report of Tana River Life Foundation has been uploaded. Click here to download.

Gentle reminder for those of us in Singapore that Gabriel will be featured on the TV documentary series Everyday Heroes on Thursday 14th June at 9pm over Channel 5. Here is a trailer of the series.

Gabriel featured in "Everyday Heroes Trailer"

Gabriel featured in “Everyday Heroes Trailer”. Watch out for it at 9pm on 14th June over Channel 5

Short Note from Gabriel

Dear Friends,

I will be leaving for Kenya in a few days. Thanks for your support once again.
I will be sending a report before I leave.

God Bless,

Tana River Life Foundation Bake Sale 2012 in conjunction with Gallery Helios

Thank you for supporting Tana River Life Foundation. The 2012 Bake Sale aims to raise funds for the Education Centre Project the foundation is embarking on. When completed the centre will provide affordable quality education to the communities in the Tana River Delta. Facilities include a kindergarten, primary school, community centre with library, computer lab, seminar rooms, meeting areas, designated areas to house income generating projects for the foundation and offices. The buildings which are oriented to benefit from natural ventilation and lightning have been designed to be environmentally sustainable incorporating solar power and rainwater harvesting. This 3 year project with a built up area of over 40,000 sq ft will cost S$2,000,000.

We’re targeting to raise $4500 which will be matched dollar for dollar by Jonaron Trust, based in Malaysia. $9000 will cover about 40% the cost of a classroom. 10 classrooms will be built. Thanks to the generous support of Ms Esther Wee from Halia Restaurant and Ms Gina Choong from Kitchen Capers, all proceeds from this sale will go to the building fund. Thanks to Gallery Helios ,we will be holding the sale over 2 weekends, 11th March ( Sunday ) and 17th & 18th March. All proceeds from this sale will go to the foundation. It’ll be great if you could order a box or 2 and support our efforts to help educate the young in Kenya.

The following are available :
• Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – $35 per dozen
• Traditional Eurasian Sugee Cake- $40 per loaf
• Zesty Lemon Loaf – $30 per loaf
• Nutty Banana Bread – $30 per loaf

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, Traditional Eurasian Sugee Cake, Lemon Loaf and Nutty Banana Bread

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, Traditional Eurasian Sugee Cake, Lemon Loaf and Nutty Banana Bread

They will be available for collection from :
a) 10am – 7pm on 11th March during the Gallery Helios Open House at 38 Petain Road. Click here for location map
b) 17th & 18th March during the Tana River Life Foundation Jumble Sale at Nativity Church, off Upper Serangoon Road. Click here for location map.Collection schedule at Nativity Church : 4pm – 8pm on 17th March, 9am – 8pm 18th March

Please email your orders to tanariverbakesale@gmail.com by March 4th if you wish to collect at Gallery Helios and by March 11th if you wish to collect at the Tana River Life Foundation Jumble Sale and you will be provided with payment instructions. Please also indicate whether you would like to collect them on 11th, 17th or 18th of March.
This bake sale is made possible by the mother-daughter baking team of Norliza Jalil and Maria

Thanks so much for your generosity.

Gallery Helios Logo

Gallery Helios Logo

A space to kick off your designer shoes, walk barefoot on timber floors, smell the coffee, and unmask…. so that you can prepare to be at the highest expression of who you are… The Gallery Helios, Center for the Art of Mind-Body Wellness is a boutique shared services facility in a conservation Peranakan-style shophouse in a quiet area near the Farrer Park MRT. The interiors were specifically designed to exude an ambience of beauty, nature and healing, with features like sky lights above an air-well lush with tropical plants and a water feature. It offers clients beautiful, discrete and serene spaces to come back to themselves.

Can you help with the packing ?

Thanks for all the used goods you have contributed to Tana River Life Foundation. It’ll great if you could help in the packing. Contributions of packing tape and carton boxes are also welcomed.

The used goods are being packed at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Upper Serangoon, the same venue as the used goods collection. Gabriel and Eddy will be packing from 14th to 24th Feb. Would be great if you could join them. Email Gabriel or call Eddy at 92320222.

Here’s the schedule :

Mon 14 Feb : 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Tue 15 Feb :10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Wed 16 Feb : 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Thu 17 Feb : 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Fri 18 Feb CLOSED
Sat 19 Feb : 12.00 am to 5.00 pm
Sun 20 Feb CLOSED
Mon 21 Feb : 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Tue 22 Feb : 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Wed 23 Feb : 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Thu 24 Feb : 10.00 am to 8.00 pm


Click here for more details : Sorting Schedule 2011

Update on drive to fill library at Sacred Hearts Girls’ School

Get these by donating your old books. With this we can fill the library at Sacred Hearts Girls' School

Get these by donating your old books. With this we can fill the library at Sacred Hearts Girls' School

3 days after I started the appeal, I’m happy to report that I have received 145 coupons for the National Library Book Exchange, many committments for more coupons, and folks offering me books from the personal collection. Thanks to all especially to Lily & Fang Chin for their coupons. Am now looking for more volunteers to help me pick and pack the books next Saturday. If you’d like to help us, please drop me a line.

Thanks for attending the lunch at Friends Jelita on March 28th

Collage of pictures taken at Friends Jelita

Collage of pictures taken at Friends Jelita

Thanks to everyone who joined us for lunch on Saturday March 28th. I trust that many of you were inspired by the work that Gabriel has started at the Tana River Delta in Kenya. Here are some pictures we took that day.

We had 2 great events over the weekend

Over the weekend of the 7-8th March, we hosted 2 events for the Tana River Life Foundation. Saturday dinner at Palate

Gabriel presenting at Buko Nero

Gabriel presenting at Buko Nero

Sensations, the gourmet cooking school and Sunday lunch at the “hard-to-get-in” Buko Nero.

Thanks to over 40 of you who showed up to meet Gabriel and learn about the foundation. We enjoyed great food, wonderful company and were inspired by the work Gabriel has been doing in Africa since 1995. TRLF received offers for water purification systems and solar energy, as well as cash contributions.

The very talented Michelle sang her original songs for us on Saturday . She has also offered to write and record a song specially for Tana River Life Foundation. Thank you Michelle.

3 of the 6 art pieces were sold and we also received requests to commission works similar to those that were sold out.

Gabriel will be in touch with you.

Meet Gabriel this weekend

Gabriel is back in town. Most of you are keen to meet him again after a year. He’ll be speaking about the progress he has made in the last 12 months, and the new projects he’ll embarking on this year. Find  how you can play a part. Darren Smith, Wong Lee Yuen, Wong Fang Chin and I are co-hosting 2 events this coming weekend. We’ll be really happy to see you there. We’ve picked venues that are destinations in themselves : the private kitchen of Palate Sensations cooking school, which was featured in last weekend’s papers, and Buko Nero, the ever popular Italian restaurant with a one month waiting list. Cut quene by joining us for lunch this Sunday.

Here are the details :

Dinner at Palate Sensations Cooking School

Date : 7th March 2009

Time : 7.30pm

Venue : Palate Sensations, 1 Westbourne Road, #03-05 Aden, Singapore 138941

Menu : 3 course set dinner at $60 per head

Contact Iris Tay for details and to RSVP

Lunch at Buko Nero

Date : 8th March 2009

Time : 12.30pm

Venue : Buko Nero, 126 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088534

Menu : 5 course set lunch at $65 per head

Buko Nero is a Fusion Italian restaurant with a seating capacity of 22, and a waiting list of a month. We managed to book the entire restuarant for this lunch. Seats are limited and you don’t need to wait for a month to get it.

Contact Iris Tay or Darren Smith for details and to RSVP