Ms. Loebsack and her Crew from Room 16 Rock!

I received a message from an old friend from my summers in Grand Bend this morning – Jenny Loebsack. She is a teacher at King Edward Public School in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and her class is doing some work as a part of the “Me to We” movement – Free the Children. She was filling me in that her class is learning about blogs and they are brainstorming purposes and how blogs can connect/raise awareness around the world. Ms. Loebsack is going to share my blog with her kids. Awesome!

So… “Holla Room 16!”

I hope you guys find my blog interesting and informative. I think it is a great way to raise awareness and get people interested in what you are doing, and in my case, what I am fighting for. Check out all the different pages and links you find on my blog and send me any questions, comments or just give me a “shout out” from KW! Would love to have you guys as followers!

Off to head to the boxing gym now – check out how tiring this boxing stuff really is…

 

 

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About K.O.

I am a middle school Drama specialist and boxing enthusiast. I love to spend time with friends and family in Singapore and Canada, travelling, watching movies and then writing about my experiences here.

Posted on January 14, 2013, in Canada, Fundraising. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Mrs. O’Rourke! It’s room 16 all the way from Kitchener, Ontario Canada! We think it’s awesome that you are doing this for the kids in Cambodia because we raise money here just like you and we did a food drive for the local House of Friendship in the fall!
    We have some questions for you!
    1) What made you decide to box for this charity?
    2) Did you box before you started this fundraiser?
    3) Is it fun and interesting in Singapore?
    4) What language do they speak? And do you speak it?

    Thank you for the shout out! Holla back at ya!
    Room 16 and Ms. Loebsack (Jenny;))

  2. Hi Ms. O’Rourke!
    It’s Room 16 all the way from Kitchener, Ontario Canada!
    We think it’s awesome that you are raising money for this charity! We raise money too here in Kitchener for local charities and our class did a food drive for the local House of Friendship! We have a few questions for you:
    1) Why did you want to box for this charity?
    2) Did you box before starting this fundraiser?
    3) What is teaching like in Singapore?
    4) What language do they speak in Singapore and do you speak it?

    Thanks for the shout out! Holla back at ya!
    Room 16 and Ms.Loebsack (Jenny ;))

    • Hey Room 16! So proud of you guys for getting involved in your local charities. I am always so impressed to see students showing how caring they are and that they recognize that we are all here to help each other. I know that all of those people who use the food drive you supported appreciated the work that you did to help 🙂

      So… in answer to your questions…

      1) Why did you want to box for this charity?
      Since I moved to Singapore, I have been working with a few different charities. Cambodia has gone through a really tough time in fairly recent history and there was a dictator called Pol Pot who did some very bad things to his country and his people. Thankfully, that time is now over and Cambodia is working really hard to rebuild itself and create a culture and a place that is safe for all its members of society. There are still some major issues of poverty there, but Cambodia is constantly changing and developing itself into the wonderful place that it is. I love Cambodia! It is probably my most favorite place to visit and be in South East Asia. So, naturally, when I heard about this event I definitely wanted to be a part of it. Last time, my opponent and I raised $13,000 ourselves (she also happened to be one of my good friends!). This time, I am working very hard to get people to donate. I want to try to get even more money and I am working to get all of the other boxers to do the same. If we all raise that much money – we can help A LOT of people!

      2) Did you box before starting this fundraiser?
      I started going to this event 5 years ago but I only started boxing 2 years ago. I really love boxing and it is really hard work. Each training session is a challenge for my brain and my body!

      3) What is teaching like in Singapore?
      Singapore is a very cool place to be. I teach at the Canadian International School http://www.cis.edu.sg and we have kids from all over the world in my classes. I teach grades 7 and 8 Drama and I love getting a chance to work with such a variety of students from different cultures. We do units such as Balinese Shadow Puppetry, Children’s Theatre, Movement and Tableaux and we even do a unit called the “Glee Project” 🙂

      4) Is it fun and interesting in Singapore?
      Singapore is very interesting! It is a city state which means that the whole country is the size of one city. Imagine Toronto being a country by itself. It is a very busy city with people from lots of different backgrounds all living and working there. There are a lot of “expats” (people who live here but are from another country) and also lots of local Singaporeans everywhere. Most people live in apartments because there are so many people living in one space. There are always lots of festivals and celebrations here because there are so many different cultures in the city. Our next big holiday here is Chinese New Year! You can check out what Singapore looks like here: http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/experience.html

      5) What language do they speak in Singapore and do you speak it?
      There are 4 official languages of Singapore Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English. Mostly everyone speaks English here. They say that they also have another language called “Singlish” which is just like English but has a mixture of some words from the other cultures. They say “lah” at the end of a sentence here like we would say “eh” in Canada!

      Make sure you follow my blog so you can get all of my updates to find out how I am doing for the fundraising and training! So happy to have “met” you, Room 16!

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