HELLO HELLO! It has been a good 2 weeks since Blown Away happened but the team is still reminiscing how awesome the whole event felt. Of course, self praise is definitely no praise but we cant help but feel our hearts heat up when we look through photos of how strangers gave our ambassadors high 5s/ fist bumps, happy kids and families with our balloons and how our enthusiastic ambassadors gave their best shot at interacting with strangers. Now just looking through numerous facebook notifications of how our ambassadors have made friends with each other makes us even more smiley and satisfied.
Were you there? Did you get a balloon from us? How about a card that told you how good you look? Did you receive a high 5 or played a simple game of scissors, paper, stone with us? We sure hope you did! We hope that made you open up a little and look at Singapore in a different light.
What commands success in an event? Were our KPIs met? Wait, did we even set KPIs? Ha.
Just look at all our keen ambassadors. Their liveliness and determination throughout their few hours of shift really motivated us so much. They put in their all to give all they could to the project, to Orchard Road, to Singapore. We are all complete strangers but stringed together so tightly. It feels like we are really a big family now. No CIP hours, no allowances, but they all put down their Saturday plans just to liven up the spirits in town. Can you believe it? 150 volunteers trusted the project and believed in the mission. That fact alone made this whole event so worthwhile. We certainly hope you guys enjoyed yourselves with us and of course, we hope you went back feeling great to be able to open up to strangers.
How did the public reacted? There were people who passed on balloons, a few who tweeted us saying how happy they were to be a part of this, there were parents teaching their kids on how they should give up their balloon to another stranger, passer bys who high 5ed us like superstars and received our handwritten cards with mega watt smiles. (Ignores any other negative responses!) Lets sing “Always look on the bright side of life!”
Besides that, success also means development in the team. The team has learnt so so much planning this 1 day event. All from the nitty gritties like getting quotes, negotiating with suppliers, handling a pool of volunteers, meeting obstacles and solving them, settling the flow of the event, preparing the logs, managing the media, we have learnt a heaven lot. We broke out of our shells and met so many new friends, I dare say, this is the most number of friends one can actually make in such a short while! We are youths finding out way through this semi-blindly as well so we are extremely happy after the event. This is our form of success too.
Now that we have Ballooned Away, what’s on our plate, you may ask. We just had a meeting 2 days back and just like a bunch of typical bananas, we kept on yakking about the many things we wanna do. Now we need to streamline it and piece everything together. Give us sometime, plans will be out soon.
The journey has just begun.
Yellow yellow happy fellows,
Team Project Hello Stranger