Project Battambang

What a week it has been! We went off for our Lunar New Year buy in the midst of our Christmas promotions and were fortunate enough to score a lovely range of Cheongsams (will share more of this later)! Then we dashed back just in time to participate in a fundraising event in support of Project Battambang, a non-profit community project started by the volunteers of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS), in the rural districts of Battambang, Cambodia.

We had been selling tickets and collecting donations from friends, VIPs, and customers 2 weeks leading to the event and I was privileged to be invited as one of the speakers for the evening. It was another milestone for me – presenting my wardrobe and style ideas in front of a live audience – and I was very apprehensive about my speech prior to the event.

At one point, I briefly considered excusing myself as a speaker, quoting jetlag (it is true I took a redeye flight back less than 24hrs ago and I was slightly under the weather), but I thought about the faces of the Cambodian children I saw on the Project Battambang YouTube and I knew I had to do the right thing - deliver my speech the best I could despite the circumstances.

Anyway, I am happy to report that the event (and my speech) went well. A big thank you to our customers that bought tickets, gave donations and showed up to support us. We are touched by your generosity and I’m personally very encouraged to do even more good for the needy around us.

The following are some candid photos and highlights of the event. When we tally up the donations and ticket sales for the event, we’ll keep you all posted.

Dr Gary Tho – author of "The Pain-Free Desk Warrior, Free Yourself from Aches and Pains!"  teaching us the importance of posture. 

Dr Gary Tho – author of "The Pain-Free Desk Warrior, Free Yourself from Aches and Pains!"  teaching us the importance of posture. 

Ms Cheryl Liew-Chng – author of "The 24 Hour Woman", giving us 3 questions to ask ourselves as we look forward to 2017.

Ms Cheryl Liew-Chng – author of "The 24 Hour Woman", giving us 3 questions to ask ourselves as we look forward to 2017.

Volunteers of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS), sharing with us their personal experiences in Battambang.

Volunteers of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS), sharing with us their personal experiences in Battambang.

Little old me sharing how to detox your wardrobe and be remarkable everyday.

Little old me sharing how to detox your wardrobe and be remarkable everyday.

Our lovely B&M gals - Anna and Selly doing their bit for charity :) 

Our lovely B&M gals - Anna and Selly doing their bit for charity :) 

A glass of lean water – something we take for granted here in Singapore, brings so much joy to the children in Battambang.

A glass of lean water – something we take for granted here in Singapore, brings so much joy to the children in Battambang.

Dr Steven Ng of Gentle Dental, giving away the lucky draw prizes of “The 24 Hour Woman” book, and “The A-Z Wardrobe Planner”.

Dr Steven Ng of Gentle Dental, giving away the lucky draw prizes of “The 24 Hour Woman” book, and “The A-Z Wardrobe Planner”.

A captive audience is a speaker’s pleasure and assurance that they are interested in what we have to share.

A captive audience is a speaker’s pleasure and assurance that they are interested in what we have to share.

I believe we rise by helping others. One point worthy of remark is that the monies raised do NOT go to fund the volunteers air tickets or accommodations in Cambodia. They give of their own time and finances to make their way there. It goes directly to the education, health screening and care of the patients – young and old in Battambang. They are not a listed charity organization (they started as a project in NUS medical school) but we have a personal friend who has gone on one of their volunteer trips, seen the extend of poverty and need there - that is why we are so enthusiastic to help in whatever way we can

If any of you are interested to learn more about Project Battambang, do visit their Website and Facebook for more information.

It’s a week before Christmas, friends, take time to soak in the festivities, enjoy the laughter and love of friends and family. Here’s wishing you all an unforgettable Christmas filled with joy, peace and all you hold dear.