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BBQ at Rumah Hope

February 11, 2011 22 Comments

If I get the story right, it all started with one of Rumah Hope’s volunteer, Lydia, asking for a quote from BBQ Addicts because she was thinking of organizing a lunch for the kids.

So instead of writing up a quotation, Grill Sergeant Lance decided to sponsor the BBQ. In the process, we were asked to help out. And of course, we gladly agreed, not really knowing what to expect.

porkgang at Rumah Hope, Taman Paramount
porkgang at Rumah Hope, Taman Paramount

Rumah Hope is a sanctuary for the abused, neglected, and under privileged kids between the age of 4-17 and was set up by the Good Hope Church in 1994. It is located at Paramount Garden in PJ, and today houses some 60 kids.

Rumah Hope is operated solely with public donation, you too can contribute with cash, or other things – see “our needs”

stationaries for the kids, compiled by suanie
stationaries for the kids, compiled by suanie

The biggest credit for this event is shared by both BBQ Addicts and Suan. She laboriously compiled dozens of goodie bags filled with stationaries (different sets for different age groups too) and “sold” them to those who are willing to buy them for the kids.

This beats any candies or toys any day, very practical.

chicken wings, mushroom with cheese, satey too
chicken wings, mushroom with cheese, satey too

Oh yah, the BBQ session itself.

Lance was operating a big BBQ pit and left 2 tiny ones for us to toy with. I think Gareth, Horng, Terence, and myself spent a good 20 minutes to get the fire going (without any fire starter), and yah, we helped grill the easier stuff – satey, bell pepper with cheese, mushroom with cheese, and sausage too.

The grill sergeant himself worked on the those, and more serious stuff, like awesomely marinated chicken wings and juicy lucy. I think the kids enjoyed the food, we certainly did.

the kids at rumah hope mingling with everyone
the kids at rumah hope mingling with everyone

The rest of us played cards with the kids, and there was also a craft session by Melissa too. There was also a bit of music going on with a single speaker hooked up to an iPhone, it was a party!

We stayed till late into the afternoon, and I had to basically pry Haze from the kids as they asked her to draw yet another personalized painting.

the kids at Rumah Hope
the kids at Rumah Hope

I think we took a lot from this little event. I know it’s awfully cliche, but it was good to see the kids smile. We left with a better sense of how lucky we are too.

All of us agreed that we need to do more of things like this, and I think we will.