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.
Exterior of the girls dormitory.
Truth to be told, this is busy time such that I have difficulties resting and blogging. My skin is breaking out and showing signs of stress. I feel like I am missing out.
But heck these minute first world problems. I read the Straits Times this morning and I was very affected by the reporting on Typhoon Haiyan. This calamity has apparently killed at least 10,000 people in the Philippines. Survivors lost their possessions, their family members and were reportedly “walking like zombies”. Not only is the sanitary situation in the disaster zone poor, the lack of food and medication has led to some violence and social situations.
The concept of “Shop and Do Good” is not new. If you have been raring to go on retail therapy, why not help to support some meaningful causes along the way?
1. Montblanc “Signature for Good”
This year, Montblanc launched a special edition of writing instruments, jewellery pieces and leather accessories to raise at least $1.5 million dollars to UNICEF’s education programmes, focusing on the most vulnerable children, through the Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives, and programmes in Latin America.
Some of you might be aware of my little charity initiatives that supported Star Shelter and Beautiful People. If you have been thinking of doing your part in helping women in need, here’s your chance.
All you have to do is to donate your gently worn fashion apparels and accessories, and these fashion donations will go a long way to help Star Shelter, Beautiful People and the Singapore Committee of UN Women.
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!
Tagged as: Action for Aids, Charity, Flea Market
Published by MsGlitzy.com in: Events
A friendly shout-out for Action for Aids – there will be a flea market, La Flea Boutique, on 12th July, Tuesday 4-9pm at SpeakEasy. Proceeds from the sale will go to the charity organisation. There is an entry fee of S$5, which will be a donation to Action for Aids too.
Expect items like these:
Marc Jacobs Top S$70
In light of my travel schedule and work, I have made the decision to postpone this year’s “Let’s Care and Celebrate” to the later part of 2011. I really want to make this year’s project a good one, even better than last year’s, and I would like to continue to help women and girls around us. If you are interested to collaborate or contribute to this project, please feel free to drop me an email.
Meanwhile, Wiwit, who helped me with the makeup workshop for Star Shelter last year, is collecting clothes and beauty products for SCWO. If you are keen to take part, please contact her before 16 March 2011.
On another note, the news and pictures of Japan Earthquake have been devastating. If you would like to help, please make a donation to the American Red Cross. There are many other outlets on the web or Facebook soliciting for donations, and I am really not sure which are the legitimate ones. I believe money is the most practical source of help at this point, you can also keep a look out at the Singapore Red Cross website for more news or initiatives.