Muffins for Charity and More…

Never underestimate the power of the ‘Net. Remember the muffin charity call sometime ago?
While I’m horrible at making muffins (Nic will attest to this fervently), I am thankful I have friends like Beng Choo whom I can fall back on whenever there’s a need for yummilicious muffins.
Anyway, Beng Choo wrote this email to everyone today and I want to update all of you (especially those who ordered her banana walnut raisin muffins) that she has far exceeded her goal of collecting RM1K for charity.
The second time she sent out her email to us (asking if we would help her get to her goal of RM1K) I emailed my cousin and sister and within 2 hours, we had lots more orders. It helped that Beng Choo’s muffins did its own word-of-mouth advertising – the proof of its deliciousness was in the eating.
In between her baking ‘days’, she (plus friends and nieces) even managed to go to the hospital to donate blood to a friend who had been severely injured (and who is now in a coma) due to a snatch theft incident near Queensbay Mall.
Finally after the second batch of orders were delivered, Beng Choo sent us all this email below.
Never underestimate the power of a dream.
Thanks to everyone who helped Mindy fulfill her muffin project for charity (see below for the list of homes she is donating to).
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Email from Beng Choo
The second round of orders for Mindy’s Muffin Project was even more overwhelming than the first time around. We calculated that we will need an order of 40-48 boxes (depending on the pisang raja market price) to hit our target of RM1K.
However within 5 hours of sending out the message, we received a total order of 113 boxes before we could managed to send out the stop order message.
As a result our profit achieved exceeded our target by 43%, with the total profit amounting to RM1,430. Lee, my husband topped up to make a total of RM1,500. He has also sponsored the electricity for our baking and petrol for our delivery. Special thanks to Wai Hau who has been a great help.
After discussing with Mindy, today, we sent out the total profit to the following homes :
1. Pure Lotus Hospice
2. Bodhi Home (children home run by Pure Lotus )
3. Penang Children’s Protection Society
4. Penang Shan Children Home (located at Bodhi Heart premises)
We also decide to channelled a token sum to Mr. Leong Pow Neng who is still in coma in CCU at Island Hospital. His daughter Cecilia said they will donate the sum to other children/senior citizen home on behalf of their father to make merit to support his recovery/healing. Today is the 13th day Mr. Leong has been in the CCU and has not regain conciousness though there were several occasion he partially open one eye. Thanks for your overwhelming response to the request for blood. For the moment, I understand from Cecilia that they do not need more blood.
Thank you very much for all your generosity and kind support without which this charity project would not have succeeded. Many of you pay more than RM8 per box as on many occasions you all asked us to keep the change which we duly added to our profit amount.
May all the blessings be with you and your family.
With lots of metta,
Beng Choo
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Buy Muffins and Help A Girl Do Good

I got the below email from Swee Yong who is one of the most helpful and kindest people I know. It was a forward based on an email sent by her friend, Beng Choo.
The gist is this, Beng Choo’s niece, Mindy, is going to bake muffins to sell. The proceeds will be channelled to a children’s home. So you can help her (Mindy’s on her semester break now so she’s only doing this until 19 March 2009, so hurry and order if you want to do good and eat some nice muffins baked with love).
You can order the muffins (RM8 per box of 4 muffins) by emailing: leeeh6 [at] tm.net.my.
Anyway, read Beng Choo’s email to find out more:
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Hi, I hope this e-mail finds you well and happy…..
My niece, Mindy, is having 3 weeks semester break. She wanted to come to my house to bake muffins, sell them and donate all the profits to children’s home. I am deeply touched by her noble intentions and have not only act as her sifu in making the muffin but also assisting her in the marketing and financial aspect such as costing and sourcing of ingredients.
Back to the muffin biz., we started selling the muffins today and have received more orders for next week. We will be making till Mar 19 as I will be going for a Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Pangkor from 20 to 22 March and Mindy will be going back to college on March 23.
We will deliver to your office if there is a minimum order of 8 boxes. Each box of 4 delicious muffin only cost RM8 but you can always pay more and we will channeled all the extra proceeds plus all our profits to the children’s home.
We take great pride in baking the most wholesome yet yummy muffin which have always been a hit with all our regular customers every time we make to sell for charity over the years. Some of the ingredients we used to make the muffins are organic while others though not organic are of premium quality such as California walnuts and raisins. We used pure butter and not margarine. We also used the best banana …..”pisang raja” which is more costly but is the best when it comes to baking cakes and muffins.
So you can enjoy muffin which is not only delicious but full of goodness and do charity at the same time….Call or SMS or e-mail me to order. If you would like us to send to a friend or a charitable organization such as a children’s home or a senior citizens home, we will be please to do so on your behalf. Thank you.
Be peaceful, well and happy always,
Beng Choo
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Update from Beng Choo, Mindy’s aunt today (12 March 2009): Thanks for all your support. We received overwhelming response for the muffins and have been baking for 4-5 hours almost daily starting last week. The total orders received so far will keep us busy every day till the last day of our planned final baking day viz next Thursday, Mar 19. Therefore, we have to stop taking orders effective from now. Again thank you very much for all your support and making Mindy’s dream a reality. We will keep you posted on the final profit we make from this project and the various homes we donated the proceeds to. With gratitude, Beng Choo