SMOM participation in Assisi Fun Day (AFD) 11 June 2023 Sunday
Assisi Fun Day (AFD) organised by Assisi Hospice is back this year at SJI International after a 3 -years break due to Covid situation. The event targets to raise $1 million with an expected crowd of 10,000. All proceeds from Assisi Fun Day will go towards supporting needy patients cared for by Assisi Hospice.
Assisi Hospice has invited SMOM to take up a booth to sell Halal food at the carnival. We agreed to take up a booth, for the first time, to express our solidarity and support for the Hospice as well as an opportunity for us to create awareness of the Order in Singapore and its activities.
Many members and companions stepped up to volunteer for the event. The Singapore Association sold Fried Mee Siam and Mee Goreng which were catered by a Halal certified food operator.
Prior to the carnival, a briefing session was held on Thursday 25 May and several people immediately offered to help with getting items to decorate the booth, designing and printing of publicity materials and display placards with food illustration and pricing. The event was advertised on our Website, Instagram and Facebook.
On the Sunday morning of AFD, members and companions were there early to set up the stall.
At 9 am our first food delivery arrived. Ideas were shared on product placement and how best to market our Fried Mee Siam and Mee Goreng.
Our first Customer!
President Rose leading the way in supporting our booth.
SMOM Volunteers in the morning shift (L to R): Edward, Rose, Terentius, James, Andre, Katharine, Wendy, Nicole, Lynne, Ling Ling and Harry.
We discover that SMOM have a A-star sales team. Our first batch of food were sold out by 10.00am!
We started taking advance order for the next batch of delivery scheduled to be at 11:00 am.
The second batch of food was sold out within 30 minutes! By then, word have spread around, for good food go to the Order of Malta, Singapore stall.
There were some people who asked about the Order and our volunteers were able to engage them and provided introductory information. Many thanks to Nicole for creating the QR codes which the public can scan and learn more about us.
The afternoon crowd, young and old alike at our stall! We managed to increase our food orders for the afternoon. Brisk business, we sold directly from the carton boxes and did not have time to display the products. Sold out within 30 minutes.
Afternoon shift volunteers (LtoR): John, Rebecca, Rose, Terentius, Elizabeth, James, Katharine, Lewis, Marcus, Julita, Wai Mun.
Those who participated agreed it was a day well spent for a worthwhile cause; a fun outing with a lot of laughter coupled with good team spirit and good team work.
Source and credits: By James & Katharine Cheah