Since arriving in Singapore in 2011, the Fantoms (Steve, Katie, Archie & Esme) have been committed members of the Saint Joseph’s Institution International community. Currently, Archie is a flourishing Grade 7 student, Esme loves the ES, Stephen teaches Music and is part of the Coaching team, and Katie is Head of Admissions across both ES and HS. Saint Joseph’s Institution International is part of a bigger, happier story of their time here in Singapore. However, the Fantoms have not always enjoyed such joyous times.
Ten years ago on the 2 January 2008, Katie and Stephen lost their second child at 39 weeks to a rare pregnancy condition called Velamentous Insertion. The days and weeks that followed were a mist of grief, despair, courage and resolve. Katie was incredible, friends rallied and their parents held the couple close as they steered through uncharted waters.
Katie and Stephen’s lighthouse, through these life-altering events, was the Silver Star Society (Fund 0347) at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford in the UK http://www.silverstaroxford.org/. The incredible professionalism, compassion, and commitment of every member staff captained their ship out of the terrible storm and helped them to start rebuilding their lives.
To honour Baby Fantom's 10th anniversary, Katie and Steve will spend 2018 walking (Katie) and running (Steve) the equivalent of a marathon a week for the equivalent of 10 months (44 weeks) to raise as much money as possible of the Silver Star Society.
In addition, Katie and Stephen are part of a ES & HS running group called TenCubed - 25 members of the SJI International community who have come together to help raise more funds for Silver Star Society. The TenCubed team will be running the equivalent of 10 marathons in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 in December in the hope of reaching our target of S$18,000.
To date, they have raised over S$9,000 of the S$18,000. However, the equipment needed to support mothers with medical complications during pregnancy is very expensive, so to go beyond this target would make a real impact.
Also, please visit http://www.silverstaroxford.org and https://www.sands.org.uk/ to connect with the amazing people who refilled our sails.
Stephen and Katie are also keeping a TenSqaured facebook page/blog tracking the challenge, so please keep following them both at https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=ten%20squared.
Thank you in advance for all your support. We are blessed with so much and hope that our endeavours can support other Mums, Dads and families when they need it the most.