The Singapore (Sri Lanka) Club has a small presence but no less a grand vision to be of service to the needy of this country. This being the catalyst, the energetic executive committee launched out on this fund-raising venture in aid of the Club’s adopted charity – The Rehabilitation of Thalassaemia Patients and The Thalassaemia Prevention Programme 2009. A CHARITY FASHION SHOW & COCKTAIL – featuring internationally acclaimed designer Hayden Ng & Miss Singapore/Universe 2009, Rachel Kum, including a bevy of Sri Lankan models – was held on the 21st & 22nd of Nov 2009, attended by over 300 distinguished guests. The first day’s tickets was sold out well in advance. Raffle prizes were drawn and given away on both occasions and a swinging ‘After Party’ was held on the 21st night at the Sequel.The Club’s secretary Jacquie Mei, well known in the fashion world both locally and internationally, was instrumental in inviting designer Hayden Ng and Miss Singapore/Universe Rachel Kum (both personally known to her) to take time off their busy schedules to come to Sri Lanka to participate in this event. The Club extends gratitude and thanks to Hayden and Rachel, as well as to the Sri Lankan models who participated.
It was not only fun and fashion for Hayden and Rachel. Their schedule also included a drive up to Kurunegala to visit the Thalassaemia Centre and see first-hand the work being carried out at the Centre in treating these needy patients. They had the opportunity to speak with doctors and patients at the centre and learned how their kindness would help improve th facilities at the centre.
Thalasaemia is genetic and is an unfortunate diagnosis for young ones as their blood has to be treated throughout their life. Without treatment they have a life span of only 5-10 years; it’s not just a one off treatment. Educating & making people aware of this and to have their own blood checked for Thalasaemia minor or major is important and will help prevnt future cases.
The Singapore (Sri Lanka) Club is extremely thankful and grateful to a myriad of companies and individuals who through sponsorships in cash and kind, even in the midst of the economic down turn gave so generously and willingly or with hands-on assistance helped to make the show a tremendous success to further this worthy cause.
A big thank you to the Sponsors and heartiest congratulations to the Singapore (Sri Lanka) Club for a job well done! The club’s next project will be a lucky-dip stall at the International Christmas Charity Bazaar on the 6th of December at 3 pm at the BMICH Convention Centre. The proceeds from this stall will also go to the Thalassaemia Centre. Photographs courtesy of Sandun de Silva. ( Official Photographer for the event).