Help Portrait in Singapore

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Bing, Help Portrait, Singapore

The photo shoot in Singapore on Help Portrait Day was for 20 kids from Starpals, a paediatric palliative care service dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. The mission was to give them a family portrait with their loved ones. Instead of playing photographer, I was assigned the task of being a photo editor for the day. I would take the images shot by other volunteers, process/edit them and then print them out in A4 size and frame them up for the families. Each family would also have a thumb drive of a collection of all shots of them. I always say that the photo editing in the Help Portrait movement is the most emotional aspect of the entire process. When you have to stare at an image of the kids (and...

The Final Bits of SA – Help Portrait

Posted on Jul 01, 2013 in Bing, Help Portrait, South Africa

One of my favourite community service sites popped this question up recently – Why do you volunteer? I had to pause for a moment and think of the “right” answer. And a few days since that day, I think the only truthful answer I have is – “I volunteer because it makes me happy.” Who am I kidding if I say I want to touch the world with my generous heart? Duh. I was.. and perhaps may still be the most self-centred person I know. And if I was to be brutally honest, I didn’t set out to be Mother Teresa. I merely did something I could and it ended up changing my life. Yes, Help Portrait turned my life around in South Africa. It brought me nose to nose with people I would never have had a chance...

Our Time in Kliptown on Help Portrait Day

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 in Bing, Help Portrait, South Africa

Last weekend was the actual Help Portrait Day. While the volunteers in South Africa pretty much shoot all year round (because we have the opportunity and capacity to), the rest of the world mostly shoots on one appointed day in December. And for many countries this year, it was December 8. The hubby and I found ourselves in Kliptown on December 8. It was weird. And it must be fate. That we would end up chilling out at one of our favourite places in Johannesburg on Help Portrait Day. The sun was blazing hot and it was way too early on a Saturday morning to be perky, but we were. Very energised actually. I shouldn’t have felt surprised. Because that’s how it always works for me. I wake up at an ungodly hour. You’ll hear me mumble a string...

Help Portrait In Orange Farm – Giving Back The Portraits

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 in Bing, Help Portrait, South Africa

If you’re friends with me in Facebook (Add me HERE), you would know that I’ve been battling with moodiness this week. I had contemplated between wine, meditation or a trip to the gun range for therapy. Haha.. In the end, what I really did was get my camera on my shoulders and go with the Help Portrait South Africa team to the townships (squatter settlements) to give back some portraits. I’ve been very slow with Help Portrait activities this year. In fact, I’ve been slow with community work in general. I could have been more dedicated and done more this year, but life has just been filled up with other things and I have been distracted. It’s really not my favourite thing to do to get up at an ungodly hour, battle with the morning chill.. and puffy eyes.....

Doing The Help Portrait In Diepsloot Part 3 – Giving Back

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 in Bing, Help Portrait, South Africa

In April 2012, a couple of my friends had the idea to give 1,600 Help Portrait photos to the people in Diepsloot, a large squatter settlement in Johannesburg. We had struggled with resources. But in end April, the readers of this blog contributed funds to support us on this mission. And a bunch of volunteers came forward in June to help us do the near impossible feat of taking photographs for hundreds and hundreds of children. In July, we printed and mounted these photos on cardboard. And now in August, we’ve finally kept our word to the children and returned to Diepsloot to give their portraits back to them. And THIS was the moment we had all worked so hard for – It was a day of happiness. I haven’t had a good week and was a bundle of...

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