Last night, the weather forecasts all said that there would be thunderstorms over the city at 4pm. This caused a rather large amount of distress for the Second Chances team (and especially to me).
But today at Hong Lim Park, not only was it NOT raining, it was actually sunny! Which made it perfect for chillaxing on the grass listening to the awesome music from the bands and having a chat with friends and family, eating grapes and slurping candy canes.
It was a cosy little gathering, with smiles all ’round. We also had quite a few passers-by stop to enjoy the music, take some photos and find out more about what we were up to, which means that more people know about Yong Vui Kong and the mandatory death penalty issue in Singapore, which is always good!
We collected quite a number of signatures for Vui Kong’s birthday banner, which will be given to him (if possible) for his birthday on the 16th of January.
On behalf of the Second Chances team, I would like to thank the bands for their music, and everyone who attended our event to share in the good times. We would also like to thank Just Beer (for loaning us the sound system), Joshua for designing our logo (that led to the badges, T-shirts and banner), Han Thon for the photography, James for the videography, Lynn, Andrew and Shelley for all the help and advice, and Jolovan for helping us out when we were really FLAT BROKE! Thanks also to Jarrod for helping us get the folding tables and to Russell and Jann (and various parents and friends) for helping us out with the transport, since youth = no car/got car also dunno how to drive.
If we’ve forgotten anyone, please forgive us! Know that we thank you and love you anyway! ❤❤❤
That said, the campaign is far from over. Now that Second Chances in the Park is over, we’re going to have a little break for Christmas and then come back to think about another event for the 16th of January: a birthday cake for Vui Kong. We can’t imagine how difficult it must be to have a birthday on the eve of the week in which it gets decided whether you live or die, and we just want to come together to let him know that he’s not alone. (And also to eat cake, cake is good.)
So if you couldn’t make it to Hong Lim Park today, no fear, for there is another chance in January!
P.S. I’m sorry there aren’t more photos at the moment, but we’ll be putting up photos soon. We’re also working a little video montage for those who couldn’t make it to the event, so watch this space!