Above: Mr Gene Lee of ABLE serving customers at Bugis Junction’s Toast Box outletAbove: Mr Gene Lee of ABLE serving customers at Bugis Junction’s Toast Box outletMr Gene Lee, a Catholic charity executive director, spent his lunch hour on April 26 serving customers at Bugis Junction’s Toast Box outlet.

Mr Lee, from ABLE (Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations) which works with the physically challenged, was not alone.

Joining him from noon to 2 pm that day were ABLE board member Bernardus Angkawidjaja, a banker; and Mr James Quek, BreadTalk’s Country CEO, Bakery and China Region.

The special service was part of a collaboration between ABLE and Toast Box, a subsidiary of BreadTalk, to raise funds for the charity. The proceeds during the two-hour period will be donated fully to ABLE.

BreadTalk, however, declined to reveal the afternoon’s sales figures.

Mr Lee told CatholicNews he feels “good” performing this service as it is a form of “giving back to society”. Mr Angkawidjaja also shared that he felt “excited” about this special project.

This is the third year that ABLE and Toast Box are collaborating to raise funds for the charity.

Ah Boys to Men stars (from left) Maxi Lim, Noah Yap and Tosh Zhang (second from right) pose with some of ABLE’s beneficiaries.Ah Boys to Men stars (from left) Maxi Lim, Noah Yap and Tosh Zhang (second from right) pose with some of ABLE’s beneficiaries.

The Lim Kopi for a Cause campaign runs from April 20 to May 31 this year, and aims to raise $25,000. During this period, 30 cents will be donated for every purchase of the Curry Chicken with Baguette Set and the Peanut Butter/Traditional Kaya Baguette Set.

In addition, $2 will also be donated with every Coffee Brew Set sold.

The campaign was launched on April 26.

Lending star power to the afternoon’s charity drive were cast members of the local movie Ah Boys to Men – Maxi Lim, Noah Yap and Tosh Zhang – who demonstrated how to brew coffee and helped to sell the Coffee Brew Sets.

Speaking to CatholicNews later, Zhang said he feels happy to be able to fulfil the cast’s promise to participate in charity work.

His co-star Lim shared: “I’m just glad that we have been blessed to be where we are today. This is just a small part of something that we can give. Honestly, I’m looking forward to more of these events…it is fun…it serves a purpose.”

Also present were some of ABLE’s beneficiaries. One of them, Mr Kalaiselvan s/o Kalian, told CatholicNews that such a fundraising effort would raise awareness about the physically challenged in the community.

ABLE operates the Centre for the Physically Challenged with the Handicaps Welfare Association. The centre provides rehabilitation, training and employment opportunities for the physically challenged.

ABLE also runs a respite centre for caregivers together with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore.

ABLE’s website is http://able-sg.org/

By Darren Boon
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