After months of conceptualizing a art project which will charity organisation with the passion of a racing sport – F1 Grand Prix, the Lutheran Community Care Services Gala Dinner puts a wonderful full-stop to a beautiful journey.
Almost a year ago, my good friend Ocean Wang were in advanced stage of pregnancy, and decided to paint portrait of famous people. I suggested F1 drivers as Singapore was preparing for our 3rd Night Race since 2008.
Believe it or not, we chosen Lewis Hamilton (not in picture), Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso months before F1 comes to Singapore. Little did we know the same 3 drivers were on top 3 driver standing vying for the ultimate driver championship. Though it went to Sebestian Vettel, it was a fun journey.
Ocean had always wanted to impact the society in her unique ways, though she didnt know exactly how her paintings at that time will achieve that objective.
At about the same time, I was giving training to many VWOs, one of them was Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS) where I met Rev Daniel Ang, the Executive Director. He was convinced that the new media is the way to go in engaging the public and the client they serve.
Intuitively, I visualise the linkage between F1 racing and the youth (client of LCCS). Ocean and I shared the same concern that the the problems youth are facing today are like challenges F1 drivers are facing. There decisions to be made and dangers to risk. There is a need for pit stop and the staff and volunteers of LCCS are like the crews of the team to help refuel, change the wheels and strategise for the rest of the race. This process is termed “Changing Stories, Transforming Lives” – the tag line of LCCS.
Finally on 19 Nov 2010, during the inaugural Charity Golf and Gala Dinner organised by LCCS in Orchid Country Club, we managed to put up the 2 paintings for silent auction.
The guest of Honour is Mr Ang Mong Seng, MP for Hong Kah GRC (Bukit Gombak)
Yes! We sat at table 24!
Ocean is awarded with the Certificate of Appreciation from LCCS and she is gracious enough to share the limelight with me.
We did a silent auction of both painting during the dinner to raise funds. At the time of this post, I heard there is a gentleman by the name of Peter who got the highest bid for Fernando Alonso’s portrait. Many thanks for Annie Chan, who coordinated all the event schedule and the wonderful hosting by Sebestian Sim.