Sparkling awareness


(from left) Miss Teen International 2014 Tanisha Demour, Ning Baizura, Save Wild Tigers founder Simon Clinton, Wildlife Conservation Society of Malaysia Program Director Dr Melvin Gumal, Miss Universe Malaysia 2014 Sabrina Beneett and singer-songwriter Amanda Imani during the unveiling of the Crystal Tigress at Starhill Gallery.

STARHILL Gallery recently unveiled the highly anticipated Crystal Tigress head, which will be on display for public viewing until Oct 2.

The Crystal Tigress, which uses more than 50,000 Swarovski crystals, is a part of “Inspire” — a series of iconic and inspirational events for charity initiative Save Wild Tigers (SWT).

The sculpture is on its South-East Asian tour to help raise awareness of the worrying plight of the wild tigers left in the world.

Since July, the sculpture has been displayed on Orient Express’ iconic British Pullman, the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and will culminate its tour at the five-star Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur next month.

Created by British artist Lauren Baker, the Crystal Tigress will be auctioned during a celebrity-clad fund raising event, the Majestic Tiger Ball, on Oct 3. The event is sponsored by YTL Hotels and will be attended by Her Royal Highness the Sultanah of Pahang Sultanah Kalsom and Datuk Jimmy Choo.

During the unveiling, SWT founder Simon Clinton said all proceeds from the event will go to targeted tiger conservation programmes including the Wildlife Conservation Society of Malaysia (WCS) for their critical tiger conservation works in Johor and Pahang.

“With only 3,000 wild tigers left in the world and 300 of them in Malaysia, tigers could become extinct in the next 10 years if nothing is done.

“There has been a huge interest in the Crystal Tigress already and we are hoping it will fetch a large sum, which will help our fundraising efforts enormously.

“We are thrilled that such a high-profile destination in Kuala Lumpur will be exhibiting her and hope it will go some way to highlight the plight of wild tigers to the Malaysian public,” Clinton said.

Also present during the unveiling were WCS Malaysia Program Director Dr Melvin Gumal, Ning Baizura, singer-songwriter Amanda Imani, Miss Universe Malaysia 2014 Sabrina Beneett and Miss Teen International 2014 Tanisha Demour.

The Majestic Tiger Ball will also feature Leee John from Imagination fame, American sensation Pure Energy and world-renowned ballerina Maria Sascha Khan among others.

For further details on the ball, visit www.savewildtigers.org

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