I gave another 40-minute talk to Taylor’s Canadian Pre-U students last Saturday. Thanks to Lecturer Collin Boyd Shafer and his class for inviting!

Sheng Yeong holding up a Doodoll and eyeing it suspiciously

Sheng Yeong who lives in Bukit Jalil went for a haircut that morning before picking me and my products up in Seksyen 1 of PJ Old Town last Saturday afternoon.

Our light chat in the car was so absorbing that he missed a turning and drove one big round to PJ Hilton in order to get on the Federal Highway. (Last time when we were headed to Taylors College, he drove out of SS15, Subang Jaya, and almost turned into Bandar Sunway as we chat). But he has a heart of gold. Not every youngster would drive all the way from Bukit Jalil, pick me up from PJ and did all the heavywork to help me raise funds in Subang Jaya. He literally performed a One Man Show.

Siew Jun, Hei Zel and I

Not long after we arrived at Taylors last Saturday, Hei Zel and Siew Jun came with soft toys, notebooks and stickers. Doodolls donated RM10k worth of products earlier this year through the Salvatore Charity Club of SMK Bandar Utama 4 where Hei Zel was president. The club raised RM7,654.30 for my medical treatments then.

Doodolls products

These products of Doodolls they brought on Saturday were left over from their project. Some were sold on Saturday. The remainders are now mine to keep and sell.

Receiving a mock cheque on stage

The conference organizers presented me with RM500 for giving the talk. We raised another RM625 through the sale of Doodolls, my books and t-shirts outside Lecture Hall 3.

Convincing a student to buy the last piece of Ladies' Ambigram in S size

Giving talks and selling products seem to have become part and parcel of who I am. On Saturday, a petite girl was passing by our booth and slowed down to have a look. Seeing how cute and petite she was, I picked up the last piece of Ladies’ Ambigram in S size and said to her, “You are petite! Here is the last piece in S size. Would you like to buy it and support my surgery?” She said OK and bought it!

Whenever I get to raise funds like this, I come into personal contact with the public, the ordinary man-on-the-street. These experiences touch a soft spot in me. They keep me grounded and attuned with the community. Meeting people and getting feedback from my audience helps me empathize with others. It helps me feel and understand the unspoken wishes of our youths.

Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Tiam Loong arrived around 3:30pm, stayed behind to keep us company and then helped us pack up later that evening.

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Yvonne Foong

As a child, Yvonne Foong dreamed of growing up to help others. To achieve her ambition, she began studying to become a psychologist. But things changed when tumours were discovered in her body at the age of sixteen. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 -- a genetic illness with no cure. Fighting for survival, Yvonne turned to fundraising and embarked on a medical odyssey to the United States. Her experiences since then have transformed her into a motivational speaker; inspiring hope, faith and strength. Yvonne is currently working to establish a humanitarian foundation that provides NF patients in Malaysia with financial and logistical support. Visit Works of Gratitude to learn more.

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