SpotLight's upcoming event raise awareness on education for the underprivileged

SpotLight Berlin, which was held in 2016., was held at the Große Orangerie Schloss Charlottenburg.

A non-profit international organisation has planned a special event to benefit marginalised communities.

This November, SpotLight, a non-profit international organisation will shine light and awareness on social issues that are prevalent in developing nations through a very special event.

Making it a mission to drive and spark change around the globe in marginalised communities through educational endeavours, the organisation has a strong emphasis on advocating for traditional arts as their core spirit.

The organisation has several aims, each one with the goal of making the world a better place, one step at a time.

Firstly, it aims to selectively gather like-minded leaders from global businesses, government entities, and international societies who have the power to drive change and achieve mutual understanding in pushing a cause forward.

They are aiming to cultivate and build life-long partnerships with one common action – to come together and raise awareness on social issues affecting children, women and vulnerable, marginalised communities.

SpotLight intends to organise events, and create a platform for advocacy in order to break the spiral of illiteracy, poverty and social exclusion.

SpotLight KL committee from left) Meng Hong Lim, Deborah Henry, Jasmine Kamal, Lyn Siew and Shawna Yap

Realising that education and health are the main reasons people stay in the cycle of poverty, the organisation wants to empower individuals and communities through a holistic blend of education, health and collective action to develop economic development programs.

This year, Malaysia will play host to the next big event, to be held on Nov 9. The event will bring together influential and relevant leaders who are global shakers in our society.

This dynamic and exclusive event is by invitation only, and marks its second initiative after SpotLight Berlin, which was held in 2016. The Wadah Foundation event was held at the Große Orangerie Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin, Germany, attended by 300 guests and it was hosted by the Embassies of India and Indonesia.

Well-heeled guests dined on good food and danced the night away, while being entertained by cultural performances, all in support of the foundation, which was introduced that night to European countries.

The people at SpotLight believe that a driving dialogue in the presence of like-minded individuals will engage, impact and initiate positive change and progress for the future, and the gathering will not be without a great purpose in mind.

This year, the intimate evening aims at supporting and creating a platform to raise awareness and provide quality education for the underprivileged that is further supported by two non-profit organisations: Wadah Foundation, Indonesia; and Fugee, Malaysia.

Beyond making an impact on our future, they will celebrate international game changers who are committed to continuously empower humanity.

So far, SpotLight has confirmed the attendance of Pushpa Basnet of Nepal (CNN Super Hero 2016, CNN Hero 2012), Anuradha Koirala of Nepal (CNN Hero, 2010), Robin Lim of Indonesia (CNN Hero 2011), and Efren Peñaflorida of Philippines (CNN Hero, 2009) among other international humanitarians in support of our initiative.

One of the special highlights of the evening will be a wine pairing dinner with Brunello di Montalcino Wines from Castiglion del Bosco Estate, located in the province of Siena, Italy, within the Val d’Orcia nature reserve: a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is privately owned by Massimo Ferragamo, who will be in attendance for the event.

Renowned international designer, Datuk Jimmy Choo has designed a limited edition bag for auction in support of the cause and to commemorate this special event.

(from left) Highlights from the SpotLight Berlin event

Wadah Titian Harapan is an international Jakarta-based foundation established “From women, By the community, For all.”

It grew out of a need to bring hope to people by helping them help themselves, and share a better future for their families and community.

Wadah was founded in 2008 to specifically address the special needs of women as they participate in social, educational, community and cultural activities.

In Indonesian, Wadah refers to a “place” but Wadah Titian Harapan embraces a broader meaning that encompasses not only the sense and spirit of a place, but the home and the community where one belongs.

Fugee was initiated in early 2018 by the same team behind Fugee School Malaysia, with the aim to transform the way Malaysia responds to the refugee crisis by establishing the understanding that all people belong to a single, shared humanity where each individual has the right and opportunity to build a life of dignity. helps bridge the gap between marginalised communities and refugees in Malaysia and those parties willing to help; working closely together to create an environment where individuals can build meaningful and dignified lives.

SpotLight hopes to garner support for its upcoming event, which promises to be a swanky ‘do to remember.

“Surround yourself with people who bring out the fabulous in you,” is patron Shawna Yap’s message to Malaysians.

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