Charity Drive Kursk 2007/08- The Finale: A Visit to the Orphanage

Category: , , , By Aleckii
Finally, the day arrived- the day that we will be visiting the orphanage at Prospekt Druzhberi here in Kursk, Russia. For us, after a few months of hard work and planning for our Winter Charity Drive, this visit is like the pinacle to all our vision. Even during the whole drive, every student who were a part of it felt blessed, and this visit to the orphanage would definitely be like the cherry topping on the black forrest cake that we've already loved so much.
(read previous posts to this series to find out about our charity drive- Parts 5, 4 , 3 here, 2 and 1 here)

So anyway, what are Malaysian students in Russia to do when surrounded by a group of Russian children? We smile with them, we laugh with them, we play with them and we have fun together. And that was exactly what we did!

Qi Jie and Johnny in charged of the PA system

The event started off with me, the MC of the day, wishing everybody a Happy New Year, the hall was full of audience; children, workers at the home, and foreign students alike watch in excitement as we deliver one great performance after another.

The children at the orphanage awaiting the performance
Me emceeing po-russki (Russian Language)

The full programme listing was as follow:
1. Diana's Solo Performance- Shen Qi

2. Sandhun's Indian Dance-

3. Chinese Martial Art and Dance Performance-

Jason performs his martial arts and nunchucks performance in this clip. Russians, especially young children, are typically very interested in the Chinese Martial Arts, and idolize movie stars like Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan. Titus, my roommate, started off with a wushu performance, followed by Bernard and Lawrence's Taichi, then ended with Nate's amazing Wushu display. This is definitely a clip worth watching. Benedict and Benjamin choreographed this dance performance which features them dancing to a medley of Jay Chow's songs. It was power-packed and received perhaps the loudest cheers yet.

4. Sumazau and Ngajat Traditional Performance-

5. Danielle and Sandhun's Latin Dance-

I must say that every performance was extremely extraordinary. The children were clapping and dancing along to the performances, and when they finished, they all cheered enthusiastically. I myself cannot thank all the performers enough. They are all close friends of mine who all did me a huge favour and I owe them a big one. Some people, like Diana and Jason, agreed even when I approached them last minute (to be precise, the day before the visit!). And some others, like Danielle, has never yet in her life performed in front of a crowd. Others like Sandhun was having a fever and a difficult examination looming around the corner, and people like Benedict and Emilyn agreeing to perform without even a second of hesitation. In short, the trip was a success largely due to their contribution.

After the dances and songs were done, I handed the mike to Mex for the games. It was hilarious! From the moment he took the stage, we were all on stitches, laughing our hearts out. And the children were very keen to take part in them too. Needless to say, we were never short of volunteers from the crowd.

After the games were done, Danielle, Mex, Charmaine, Roberto and Emilyn performed the 'welcome clap' routine for the children. And this was another crowd favourite. It was also my first time learning so my attention was on them the whole time.
After the games, I handed the mike to Father John. In this clip, he wished the children Happy New Year and explained that we, Malaysian medical students here in Kursk, Russia, started a charity drive for them, raising funds by offering to cut hair, selling cookies, christmas cards and others for them. He asked, 'do you wish them to pay you a visit again in the future?' They all answered, 'yes, of course!'. Saint Nicholas, or more popularly known as Santa Claus, made an appearance here with his angel too.

For each of the children we bought New Year cards of various designs, which were distributed to them. The sport items, cardboard games and other collected items for donation were also handed over to the head of the children home.

Group Photo

All and all, it was a pretty amazing experience. Even right now, 12 hours after the event ended, I am still smiling fondly of the experience. We all worked hard, and prayed even harder, for this to be a success and it did. Everyone left feeling happy and with a smile on their face. That was more than what we could have wished for.

After buying drinks and some refreshments for the event, we were left exactly with 70 rubles leftover. Right now me and Jane are discussing the possibility to make this a constant thing, and perhaps, just perhaps, with God's blessing of course, we will be organizing another trip in the nearest future. Hopefully that one will be just as successful as, if not more than, this trip.

Thanks to all of you for your prayer, your support, your contribution and your help in making Christmas Charity Drive a success!

===End to Christmas Charity Drive 2007/08 Series===

32 comments so far.

  1. Starz in De Sky January 4, 2008 at 5:18 AM
    The children look excited. congratulations. it's a success.
    God bless.
  2. Lynnwei January 4, 2008 at 8:37 AM's great you all are doing this! got to do it more often!!
  3. Jane January 4, 2008 at 12:18 PM
    i agree totally with kelvin. this visit to the orphanage home was entirely a new experience for me. we started off from nothing, n we still managed to raise enough fund to finance our drive. i thank especially stacy, miguelle, teck liang, yun yuin who helped make the christmas cards. n also to kelvin who's the brain behind all these. very very very grateful to my 2 Fathers...Father John n the Father up There. i know my prayers were answered the moment i saw bright smiles carved on each of the children's faces. this is one of the many great n wonderful miracles HE has done in my life. as for the performers, they may not see this post but i wished i could thank them personally. they've helped sent the message of christmas -> LOVE & CARE. i reli reli love u guys. u guys r the best!! :D
  4. Aleckii January 4, 2008 at 2:36 PM
    starzindesky: Thank you! Too bad you weren't there. It was a really fun event!

    lynnwei: Of course! Maybe the next time you'll follow along? The more the merrier!

    jane: You're right, forgot to thank all of them too! And to you as well, jane, for helping so much, with your haircut service, your christmas card sales. This trip wouldn't have been as successful if it wasn't for you. And also thank Danielle for helping me out with the pizza and burger sales, and thank you Yew Ching, Eddy and Titus for the cookie bakes. And all the performers! Thank you thank you thank you!

    Oh yeah, thank God Almighty too! Spasibo bolshoi!
  5. Aleckii January 4, 2008 at 2:36 PM
    starzindesky: Thank you! Too bad you weren't there. It was a really fun event!

    lynnwei: Of course! Maybe the next time you'll follow along? The more the merrier!

    jane: You're right, forgot to thank all of them too! And to you as well, jane, for helping so much, with your haircut service, your christmas card sales. This trip wouldn't have been as successful if it wasn't for you. And also thank Danielle for helping me out with the pizza and burger sales, and thank you Yew Ching, Eddy and Titus for the cookie bakes. And all the performers! Thank you thank you thank you!

    Oh yeah, thank God Almighty too! Spasibo bolshoi!
  6. Yvonne January 4, 2008 at 2:42 PM
    I am touched by your account. It is very kind of you and your friends. Keep up the work!
  7. Helen January 4, 2008 at 8:41 PM
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. :-)

    I see you're having a good time plus doing good in the orphanage.

    Hey, those guys doing martial arts look cool. If you don't tell me, I would have thought they're some Korean boyband.. :-P
  8. Aleckii January 5, 2008 at 2:30 PM
    yvonne: Well, we're all doing our part to make a better world. This is just a little thing comparing to some things that other people have done. But like they say, sikit sikit, lama lama jadi bukit.

    helen: No problem. I enjoy reading fun blogs anyways.
    My friends will be happy you said that! haha! MEdical students = korean boyband. Hahha!
  9. Yvonne January 5, 2008 at 5:20 PM
    aleckii: that's right. every little effort counts. Most of all, it is the heart that matters most. So listen to your heart. Even if the urge is a small one, act on it and let it grow. Thanks for the motivation. One day, I would like to visit Kursk and see for myself how the place is like. I heard it's lawless. But I understand where the Russians are coming from, aftermaths of totalitarian communist Soviet Union. It'd be nice to learn about their culture. All the hows and whys of life.
  10. savante January 5, 2008 at 5:54 PM
    Yea but nothing beats the martial arts performance :P
  11. X'tina January 6, 2008 at 4:00 PM
    Wow, this really involve lots of planning and preparations despite of your busy uni life hor? Proud of you all, keep it up.

    Nothing is better than to bring those joys and laughters to the children. You all surely help the children in the orphanage to have a real enjoyable X'mas.
  12. Aleckii January 6, 2008 at 4:12 PM
    yvonne: It's great hearing that from you. Your tale is extremely inspiring, and I only hope I can tell a tale like yours one day. You know what? You're welcomed here anytime. God knows how popular you are with the students in Kursk. The majority of us read your blog also. Do come! Then maybe you can get to taste a bit of Kursk Malaysian hospitality!

    savante: You're right. The children cheered the hardest for the martial arts performance. Nate, the guy who performed last, has been training ever since he was young, and it shows. Titus, my roommate who performed the foremost, picked up whatever Nate taught him in a matter of days, so I guess that's pretty impressive too.

    Mdm. Kong: Yea, our purpose of organizing the trip in early January was that it was right in the centre of our New Year Break. Here in Russia we have a break from 28th Dec to 7th Jan. Now we're back to heavy studying... exams on the way! :"(
  13. *cHellE* January 7, 2008 at 12:48 AM
    bout the garbage thingy, u can just open ur window and throw ur rubbish into the garbage bin without walking down the stairs. save energy. :)
  14. Aleckii January 8, 2008 at 2:01 PM
    you know what? you're right! I should just do that from now on. Haha!
  15. Josefina January 11, 2008 at 9:08 AM
    Wow! The international students in Kursk must be so much wilder than the international students in Yekaterinburg! I am amazed! We only get to put up one lame classic Russian play every year, and that all has to be done with a perfect Russian accent-less performance. God forbid we should want to put on our traditional clothes and sign songs in our own language...

    Maybe it's not that bad. But the pictures you posted here just look way different from anything we do up here in Yekaterinburg.

    P.S. When I began reading your blog I didn't know where Kursk is. Then I found it on the map, and it is located almost in Ukraine. Then I laughed - you have more sun and better climate than we do ;) Smart choice, in other words.

    Wish you a good day! (I'll add you to my blog roll, too)
  16. Aleckii January 12, 2008 at 4:58 AM
    josefina: Better than yekaterinburg, yes, but cold nonetheless!!! Hahah! The temperature has been known to dip down to -25 before on a bright afternoon. Scary!

    You know what? Plays, parties, concerts, songs, either way we're doing our part and that's all that matters!
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