Back in May 2014, together with Kenneth and two other friends, we embarked on a 48-hour 100km Oxfam Trailwalker Japan challenge to raise funds. Our team t-shirt read “The Earth Isn’t Flat” partly because the terrain of our 100km route was incredibly uneven, but more importantly because the distribution of opportunities and resources across human populations is also very uneven and inequitable. This is why we decided to help in our very small way to support Oxfam in their disaster relief and community development work.

Each team had to raise a minimum of around S$1,500 and we were thinking hard of ways in which we can creatively raise funds. Kenneth and I had both created some handmade ceramic pieces and I thought why not put them up for sale? And so this is the story of how we sold our first ceramic work. And then several more. Altogether, we sold 7 pieces with all proceeds going to Oxfam.

16 Apr, 2014

At the end of our fundraising drive, blessed by the generosity from various individual donors and from the sale of our ceramic pieces and team t-shirts, we raised a total of S$10,790, more than 7 times the amount we initially committed to raise for Oxfam Japan!

These acts of generosity not only moved and inspired me greatly, but also testified that there is no contribution too small to make a difference. We are so thankful for all the support!

For the four of us, we have embarked on the most challenging and amazing adventure that we have ever done together. The journey was beautiful beyond words, but also unbelievably painful at times. And it helped put into perspective for us what we seldom remember in the hustle and bustle of daily life. We are really, really fortunate. Through no merit of ours, we were born into a society that is affluent, stable and safe. We have much more than we need, compared to the millions of human beings just like us who are struggling to survive, simply because they live in places fraught with natural disasters and poverty.

So let’s continue to do our part to help our fellow humans around the world, and at the same time, let’s not forget to appreciate just how beautiful it is – this life we have been given.