Sunday, 10th January 2010: SPCA Charity Gala - "Black Solid Gold"
After years of applying to purchase the land that our animal shelter is situated on, SPCA Selangor is finally able to legally own the premises, thanks to the efforts of the Selangor State Government, which approved the application for land alienation. For the past few months, all of us at the shelter have been very excited over the plans to transform and remodel the animal shelter into an aesthetically-pleasing eco-friendly shelter that can house 300 dogs and 200 cats.
Dr. Lim, the General Manager, let me have soft copies of the construction plans in PDF format.
The new eco-friendly facility is designed by award-winning architect Hijjas Kasturi, who offered his services pro bono. Hijjas Kasturi, his wife and his family are no strangers to volunteering and have dedicated a lot of their time, effort and resources to worthy causes.
I had proposed getting Green Cones (pet waste composters) for the non-covered substrates, and Dr. Lim has asked me to conduct a little research on its practicality, durability and availability in Malaysia.
To raise funds for our highly ambitious remodelling plans, SPCA Selangor organised a fundraising dinner featuring Chairperson Christine Chin's husband, Donne Ray Radford, who would be singing R&B, soul and funk hits from the '70s and '80s. I have heard Donne perform before, at the fundraising do at Noble Banquet in 2007, and was delighted to be offered a seat at the volunteers' table. I knew my parents would enjoy the dinner and programme, and so we purchased dinner tickets so we could attend the event together and contribute to this worthy cause.
SPCA Charity Gala: Black Solid Gold! Dress code: 80's Retro!
I was helping out at the SPCA on the Saturday before the Charity Gala, and there was much anticipation in the air. When I was bathing and tickwashing dogs with Rose, all we nattered about was about who we would be coming with, what time should we arrive, and who would be carpooling with others. Later, when I was cleaning and disinfecting the cages, kennels and Cattery with Reve, we chattered about who else would be at the dinner, what we would be wearing and whether we should help out at the Merchandise Booth or just sit back and enjoy the music.
After I had finished cleaning the shelter, I went up to the SPCA Bungalow to shower and to help Nicole and Jacinta load the truck with the boxes of dog and cat food that would go into the door gifts and goodie bags. We spent the entire time obsessing over what to wear, if we would be the only ones in retro outfits, and whether bellbottoms were technically appropriate. We knew we were in for a treat, and we weren't disappointed!
The Charity Gala, which took place at the Sabah Ballroom of Shangri-La, was highly successful. I encountered friends that I haven't met in years, among them Faridah Merican and Joe Hasham, who ribbed me about when I could come and repair and catalogue books for them again (I had volunteered at the Actors' Studio bookstore in my teenage years). Merchandise sales were brisk. Nic and Jac were kept very busy attending to all requests. There was even a wine auction and a magic show as precursors to the main attraction.
Covert Mum and Covert Dad, enjoying their dinner.
Jane, Reve, Marianne, Lynette, Rose and Sashi, my fellow volunteers.
Donne Ray Radford, former lead singer of The Platters, in his element. You couldn't help but want to get up and dance!
Nicole and I, dancing to Donne Ray's rendition of "September".
By the time the emcee wanted to announce the ultimate round of Lucky Draw, it was past 2300 hrs and many of the guests had already left, so they decided to give out prizes in a Scavenger Hunt-type contest. For the second prize, the emcee asked for "an RM50 note, an RM10 note and 2 five-sen coins". I had all of that in my purse and so I ran towards the podium in my heels, swaying like a poplar tree in high wind, and plonked the money down to show her. I didn't know what I was supposed to win; I just didn't want to miss out on the fun!
It turned out that I had won an enormous feng shui hamper from World of Feng Shui! What rum! Am not sure what to do with it, so the hamper is still sitting in the closet in the spare room!
As we would say back in the '80s, it has been a most excellent party, fur sure!
To find out ways to support SPCA Selangor, come visit our current animal shelter any day, from 0900 - 1600 hours!
Monday, 11th January 2010: Buddies, Birthdays and Booze
My buddy Mizan celebrated his birthday on Saturday, and so we had a HUGE get-together at our friendly neighbourhood pub, On-Line Pub, Damansara Kim, together with the other regulars, on Monday, Jan 11.
The Balachandran brothers were kept very busy by all the customers!
Goofing around with my buddy Andrew.
Mizan, backed up by a band, for a change!
Lili and I really feeling the music!
Gerrard Singh, Mizan and the band performed classic rock numbers, including U2’s "With Or Without You".
Roughhousing with Mizan!
Many Happy Returns, Abang Mizan! We built this monument for you, ha ha!
"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose"
- Tennessee Williams, 1911 - 1983.