I Am Touched And Encouraged – A Personal Note From The Founder Of Project Happy Feet

I must say I am very touched and encouraged.

When the idea of Project Happy Feet was mooted some a year and a half ago, I was highly enthusiastic and charged. I had grand plans. I wanted to do so many things for the children in Cambodia that I felt I could take on the world.

But like all busy people, life took over and somehow the grand plans I had took a side step. Challenges that I thought could be easily overcome at first became big hurdles I used as excuses to not start the project.

And so, life went on.

Then two months back, I looked back at the blog I started during my previous trip to Siem Reap. My conscience pricked me, and I remembered how friends came forward so readily when I first spoke to them about Project Happy Feet. With that, I spoke to my team at Caelan & Sage and asked if they were willing to make a trip to Siem Reap this year for their annual staff retreat, and instead do some community work. They all agreed without thinking too much. All were just so excited to be able to bring joy to the less fortunate this Christmas season.

One by one, all did their part. From designing the logo to developing the website, to borrowing cars just to collect clothes, to sorting and packing clothes and thinking of activities for the children, each one of them did their part. Then the call for contributions began.

I was skeptical at first. I thought if we could just bring joy to the children in any way, it would be enough of an achievement.

And so, in less than a week after the word of Project Happy Feet was spread, I am heartened, encouraged and touched. That despite the financial crisis, people are still so willing to lend a hand and play their part for the less fortunate.

For all of you who have contributed and are intending to contribute to our cause, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You have made many many ‘Happy Feet’!

Deborah Chew
Founder – Project Happy Feet