Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation were featured in the press

Great News ! The Sunday Times ran an article on 3rd July 2011 on folks who started charities and foundations overseas.

Gabriel was the lead story. The journalist called him in Kenya for a phone interview 2 days before the article was published.

For those of you who missed the story, here are 2 copies of the article for your reading pleasure.

One of it is scanned copy and the other is a text extract from Factiva. Enjoy !

Scanned Straits Times article on Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation – 3 July 2011

Straits Times article on Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation – 3 July 2011, no photos

Incidentally we have collected 10,000 books for the libraries supported by the foundation. Thank you one and all.

I will be closing the collection and have started fundraising for the cost of shipping the container load of books, the required books shelves and school furniture. We have raised $3050 to date and are still looking for $950. Please let me know if you would like to contribute to this worthy cause.

7770 books collected, sorted and packed to date. Thanks for all your help !

Two-an-a-half months after we started the book drive, we have collected, sorted, labeled and packed 7770 books. Thank you one and all who have helped us through spreading the word, digging deep into your collections, collecting from your friends, helping us sort, count, pack and label the books. This is our largest collection to date since we started the annual book drives for the libraries in the Tana River district in Kenya in 2009. We are humbled by your generosity.

This year our efforts were enormously helped by the media coverage that the National Library Board and Orchard Central / Far East Organization generously provided us with, in conjunction with the NLB Book Exchange and the OC Book Swop respectively. Thank you Fang Chin, Amy & team from the NLB, and Lay Kheng and team from Far East Organization.

Here are the newspaper articles that mentioned Tana River Life Foundation and our efforts to collect books for the libraries in Kenya.

ST Article June 6 – OC Book Swop

ST Article 18 April – NLB Book Exchange 2011

Lian He Zao Bao Article 18 April – Book Exchange 2011

We collected 1638 books at the NLB Book Drive

Thanks to all who contributed to the Tana River book drive. We collected 1638 books at the NLB book exchange on Saturday 16th April. Special thanks to Dennis Au and his team from RI, Fang Chin and the wonderful folks at the NLB, Julie, Geraldine, Jason & his daughter, Yew Hong & William.

Many thanks also to the folks who dug into their personal collections and organized book collections, we still have hundreds of books yet to be counted and sorted. I believe we’re well on our way to meet our target of 3000 books for the community library to be built and run by Tana River Life Foundation.

I was interviewed by both the Straits Times and Lian He Zao Bao at the book exchange. The foundation was mentioned in both the printed articles. Here they are !

Lian He Zao Bao – Book Exchange 2011

ST Article 18 Apr on NLB Book Exchange

More Details on TRLF Book Drive 2011

Thanks for your support of Tana River Life Foundation in the past couple of years.

It is that time of the year again to dig into our book collections to help fill the libraries at the schools supported by Tana River Life Foundation in Kenya. This year the books will be filling up the empty libraries at the new nursery & primary school that Gabriel is building and the schools that the foundation supports. As with the previous year, we will be leveraging the annual Book Exchange that the NLB is organizing.

Here’s a few ways you can help us :

  1. Set aside books from your collection for contribution to the TRLF libraries directly. To do this, you would need to have books that meet the TRLF collection requirements. Please download this document : Tana River Life Foundation Book Drive 2011 – info to view the types of books needed. You have up to the end of May to hand the books to me.
  2. If your books don’t meet the collection requirements ( eg. books not in English, are too old, pulp fiction, romantic novels, cook books etc ) you can take your books down to the nearest library between now and the 15th of April and exchange them for a Book Exchange voucher per book ( please check for the full list of libraries, their addresses and opening hours. ). The library accepts up to 30 books each time. You can then pass the vouchers back to me before the 16th of April.
  3. Volunteer to help us ‘shop’ for books during the exchange on Saturday 16th April. We’ll roster volunteers on 4 hour shifts between 8.30am and 6pm, and provide you with the vouchers and a list of our book requirements. You’ll then “shop” through the books available, check-out using the vouchers and bring the books to our collection table. You may have to do this a couple of times during the 4 hour period.
  4. Help us collect A4-sized photocopy-paper boxes. This is the best size for packing, storing and transporting the books to Kenya.

Thanks so much

Book Drive 2011

We’re starting the Tana River Book Drive 2011. Do you have books that you’d like to give away ?
We’re collecting books for nursery, primary and secondary schools supported by Tana River Life Foundation, Like previous years, we’ll be doing it in conjunction with the NLB Book Exchange on 16th April. If your have books that may not be suitable for the Tana River libraries ( eg. non-English books, pulp fiction ) you can take them to the local library between 2 to 15  April from 11.00am to 8.00pm and get a coupon for every book accepted. We’ll be collecting the coupons from you so that we can ‘shop’ for suitable books during the book exchange which will be held at the Plaza of the National Library building on Victoria street from 8.30am to 6.30pm on 16 April.
If your books are suitable for the Tana River libraries, please contact me, Iris Tay. We’ll arrange to pickup the books from you.
If don’t have books and would still like to help, we welcome contributions of empty boxes which used to hold A4 sized photocopier paper. The books will be packed and transported in these boxes as their small sizes make them easy to pack, transport and store.
We’ll have more details in the coming weeks. Watch this space ! Thanks !

Jumble Sale in aid of Tana River Life Foundation

Thanks for the items you’ve donated. We are now almost done with the sorting and packing all the donated reusable items for the 2011 Mitumba Project. We intend the ship the items over to Kenya in a single 20 footer container in March 2011. Gabriel is very grateful to all who offered their time generously to help Eddy in one way or another with the mammoth task of sorting and packing through the mountain of goods. Thanks also for bringing down all the food, Gabriel & Eddy probably added on a few kilos during the past two weeks.

Some of the high value items which will not be shipped to Kenya including some pieces of bags, toys & furniture will be available at a jumble sale this weekend to raise funds for the shipment of the goods to Kenya. Proceeds of the jumble sale will go entirely towards the freight forwarding and clearing charges for the shipment. Our aim is to make the Mitumba Project a self sustaining endeavour. Join us this weekend at the Nativity Church, the collection venue. 2 pieces of lightly used chinese furniture will also be available.

Details of the jumble sale are below :

Venue: St. Joseph’s Pavilion (outside Casa Maria)
Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1259 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534759


Click here for the map :

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