This article was written by Grace Yohana, a dear friend of mine who attended the charity. Thanks Grace for the well-written article.

Joey organized another charity event with Mubay, a friend of mine, to be held on January 26, 2008 (Saturday). Due to family reason, Joey had to leave town on Friday evening. He did not want the event to be canceled because of his absence. He said the charity was not about him or any other individuals. It was about helping others in need. He asked whether we could take charge of the event and we agreed to help making this event happen.

Today’s event was to visit a small island off the coast of Jakarta in Tanjung Priok area called Tembilangan. Mubay had visited this island before, working with other charity organization constructing a school building for the local community. Based on Joey’s conversation with Mubay, it was agreed upon that the food will be donated to the students’ family. Aunt Esther was responsible for buying the food and basic necessities.

We left at about 9.30 am in the morning. It was me, Danny, Mubay, Jefri and Handa in the car. We arrived at about 11 am. Once there, we met with Aunt Esther and her children, Ricky and the twins Ally and Suzy. We shook hand and proceeded with unloading the donated food to a small boat that will take us to the island. We were helped by some locals along with the boat operator.

Jefri was terrified. He isn’t too fond of water and he is not much of a swimmer. Since it was a for a good cause, he overcame his fear and hopped on the boat with us. The boat was rocking back and forth. You can only imagine the look on his face during the entire ordeal. It was quite a trip. It was a hot day. Wheeeww. We kept making fun of Handa because her pants were so loose, it kept falling down and showed off her rear asset. :-)

The trip took about half an hour. We arrived at the island before noon. We met with the principal and proceeded with moving the goods to the school compound. Each person was in charge of an item (or two). We lined up in a room with the foods and the basic necessities, similar to the prison buffet line. :-) Suzy was responsible for passing the big plastic bag. Ricky was responsible for putting the 5 kg rice in the bag, Danny was responsible for detergent and Autan (mosquitoes lotion), Ally was in charge of the milk, and then Jefri with cooking oil and tea, Handa was responsible for instant noodles and I was responsible for soap and tooth paste. Mubay was in charge of carrying the bag as it moved from the first item all the way to the last. Just imagine, we were donating 130 packages so Mubay had to move like a conveyer belt 130 times. He is young so he got the responsibility. 😉 Once everything is put in the bag, Mubay passed the bag to Aunt Esther. Once the name called on by the School Principal, the student would collect the food and the basic necessities from Aunt Esther who was helped by a teacher.

The school has 4 classrooms. The students range from first grade to middle school (junior high school). The students represent each families who live in the island.

Once we distributed all the packages, we were invited to one of the local’s house for lunch. It was a traditional food prepared by one of the female teacher. It was delicious. If you get a chance to visit and try the food, do not miss the terasi (Indonesian’s hot chili paste). Danny was sweating from it. It was a funny sight. Jefri and Ally were hogging the rambutan (Indonesian tropical fruit), finishing the whole thing between the two of them. :-)

We left around 4 pm. Everyone enjoyed today’s event very much. It was a lot of love and a lot of fun.

Thanks Mubay, Danny, Handa, Jefri, Aunt Esther with her children Ricky and the twins Ally and Suzy for attending the charity. Special thanks to Joey, even in his time of grief, for making this event possible.

I am looking forward to contributing to this blog again in the future.

Expenses:

1. Shopping at Makro Rp 5,002,159

2. Rice (650 kg) Rp 3,790,000

3. Tea Rp 377,000

4. Soap Rp 130,000

5. Boat Rent Rp 150,000

6. Driver/Truck Rental Rp 200,000

7. Miscellaneous transportation charges Rp 55,000

8. Food Rp 50,000

9. Snacks for students Rp 200,000

Total: Rp 9,954,159

P.S. The pictures will be forthcoming once we send them to Joey.

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Goods loaded on the boat.
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The same with the other boat.
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Jefri is looking nervous for the boat adventure
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Some of the houses on the way.
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Students in the classroom.
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Jefri, Handa, and Grace showing off the donated items.
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Some locals helping out.
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It's from here to here.
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Taking a break or hooking up?
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Group Pic.
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Boat Ride Home.

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