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As we are approaching the end of the year, giving thanks to a smooth-sailing year and enjoying the good feasts with friends and loved ones, perhaps it is also time to give cheer and warmth to those who need our help.

In November, I visited a orphanage in one of the remote villages on the Thailand-Burmese border. Named “Pala-U-Noi“, the orphanage houses close to 50 children. Most of them are from the Karen group while some are Thai and others are Burmese. I spent 2 days and 1 night at Pala-U-Noi with my colleagues, interacting with the children and helping to build a frog farm for the orphanage.

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Exterior of the girls dormitory.

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I am not sure how many of you remember Let’s Care and Celebrate!, a charity campaign started by me in 2010 to commemorate the first anniversary of MsGlitzy.com. The aim of the campaign is to help other women to rebuild their lives and regain their confidence.

After a hiatus of one year in 2011, the campaign has made a quiet comeback this year. I wanted to spend more time interacting directly with the girls or women in need. By chance and referral, I got to know Beautiful People, a volunteer group that supports teenage girls on probation as they reintegrate into society. With their help, we had our first makeup workshop for the year at Pertapis Centre for Women and Girls on Saturday morning.

The trainer for this workshop was Joy Tan from The Style Atelier. She was a really great trainer, constantly engaging the seven participants and checking on their strokes and application. We would also like to thank Maybelline Singapore for their generous sponsorship of makeup products for the participants.

(from left) Me, Sofia – our model for the day and Joy!

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Yes, how can I leave Only After Coffee out of this “Let’s Care and Celebrate!” project?

The band has kindly written and produced this song, “Love Thy Neighbour” for the campaign. The song urges us to spare a thought for everyone around us and be ready to give a helping hand. I also approached the very talented Noemi, who kindly agreed to draw for the music video. A blog artist based in Indonesia, she is really really talented and I hope more and more people will get to know her unique water-colour artworks.

Back to the music video, the key objective of SCWO-Star Shelter is to help women who have been abused. These women are usually referred by the Family Court, The Family Service Centres, the Police, hospitals and crisis helplines. Noemi illustrated various scenarios of abuse, such as a girl who was abused at home and silently crying for help. In addition, there was also a case of very bad verbal abuse, a terrified child and a broken-hearted girl who was abused by her boyfriend.

The reality is, some victims will hesitate to get help. Thus, it is important for us to show care and support to our close friends and if anyone of them shows symptoms of abuse, we are there for them. A study has shown that a growing number of educated women experience domestic violence, so there are reasons to believe that domestic abuse is more prevalent than we think.

Some helplines that we can call:
PAVe: 6555 0390
Samaritans of Singapore: 1800-221 4444
AWARE helpline: 1800-774 5935
Care Corner Counselling Centre: 1800-353 5800

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I have updated more information on Let’s Care and Celebrate! campaign page – http://msglitzy.com/care. Do check it out!

When I met with the manager of Star Shelter to understand the charity better, one suggestion that came out of the meeting was to interact with the beneficiaries through workshops or support group. A makeup workshop would be apt because I was advised that the ladies could learn how to better present themselves, not just for day-to-day activities, but also for job interviews.

And I figured that since this is blog campaign, I should involve more bloggers in the project! So I invited Wiwit, who is a popular makeup blogger and a professional makeup artist to impart some tips to the ladies from the Shelter. I was really overjoyed when she readily agreed!

I had to remove my makeup because I was Wiwit’s model for the day!

In order to protect the identities of the residents and beneficiaries, we were warned not to take or show any photos of the participants of the workshop. This is the reason why you will only be seeing photos of Wiwit and me in this entire entry.

The 11 participants at the workshop each received a goodie bag with 8 items from Silkygirl. The reason why I approached Silkygirl was because they are easily available islandwide and are very affordable. This is certainly a good brand to introduce some of the ladies to the world of makeup. Once again, I really appreciate Silkygirl for their kind sponsorship and being so understanding towards everything.

Wiwit started off with the Day makeup, where she used earthy tones on the right side of my face. She advised that we refrain from using shimmery eyeshadow for the day as it would look very oily and messy.I love the nude lippy for the Day makeup! For Night makeup, she did smoky eyes.

The participants were given time to do some hands-on with the items they received from the goodie bag. Wiwit provided one-on-one advice as they were working on their makeup.

The outcome – a Day cum Night makeup. I can’t go out like this! I love the pink lip colour – which is Silkygirl Moisture Rich Lip Colour (06 Gorgeous).

This was my first time interacting with the residents and the first-hand experience gave me a way better understanding of the cause – although I had spoken to the charity and read up on it prior to the workshop. I noticed that majority of the participants were reserved and shy, although most of them seemed relatively interested in the workshop. It wasn’t easy to get them to warm-up with us – which reminded me the importance of the counseling and rebuilding programmes that Star Shelter offers to the ladies.

Domestic violence is a traumatic experience.  And according to global studies, up to six out of every ten women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. On this note, I think we should really spare some care and concern to our friends so that they will have someone to confide with should they meet with such situations.

Last but not least, a big THANK-YOU to Wiwit and Miss Jazzy for helping out in this workshop. I definitely couldn’t have pulled this off without them!

If you are keen to contribute to the Star Shelter, click here to find out how you can help!

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