As we are quickly approaching the end of 2018, it was time for another online flea market at PATA. Similar to what we did last year, an online flea market allows our staff members to purge unwanted clothes, toys, books, household items, etc. Our staff members shared photographs of all the items they wanted to get rid of, which could be auctioned, sold, or swapped amongst colleagues. The unclaimed items and proceeds from items sold were donated to the Foundation of Rehabilitation & Development of Children and Family (FORDEC).
FORDEC runs a daycare program to nurture and care for pre-school children aged 2-6. They also help to give the children nutritious food as well as provide a clean and safe environment for the development of the children. At the daycare centre, FORDEC provides lunch meals for 180 children from Monday to Friday. According to K.Maprang, FORDEC’s Program & Family Services Manager, the feeding program is one of the greatest responsibilities of the foundation.
In the spirit of Christmas and the giving season, we at PATA wanted to go a little further this year by giving what FOREC currently needs most: raw materials for the kitchen. Apart from the online flea market, some fundraising was also carried out in the office. With the help of one of our staff members who is a self-proclaimed grocery expert (moms know best), the process of acquiring the groceries went smoothly, and we were able to get great value for our money! The lovely team from FORDEC kindly picked up the donation items weighing over 100kgs from the PATA Headquarters on December 24.
The team from FORDEC also kindly extended an invitation to all PATA staff members for a visit to their daycare centre and we simply could not pass on the chance to spend some time with the children there. We visited FORDEC on December 26 and we were absolutely overjoyed to spend a few hours with them. Anyone who has spent time with kids knows that they can be an uplifting source of joy and we were lucky enough to be able to experience this. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful team from FORDEC for accommodating us and for giving us guidance during the visit.
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