PHOENIX Rising, a fashion and art fundraiser in aid of Tenaganita, will be held at Macalister Mansion in Penang from 10am to 2.30pm on Sunday.
It aims to raise at least RM60,000 for the non-profit organisation that provides shelter for abused women, migrant workers and human-trafficking victims.
Main organiser Koh Tze Yin of Penang Passion - a publisher transitioning into a fashion brand - said the highlight would be runway shows, one featuring a qipao and kebaya collection.
Another showcases a versatile capsule wardrobe that stylishly takes women from the tropics to the temperate, modern to vintage, and work to cocktail parties via a simple change of accessories.
There will also be auctions of Fuan Wong’s fused glass art, Viva Victoria and Vanessa Diamond jewellery, a Daniel Alcon - Swarovsky hummingbird ornament, Madeline Ekeblad painting and Kitty Arden jigsaw puzzle.
“We expect about 80 guests for the event. Tickets priced at RM200 are almost sold out. But well-wishers can still buy raffle tickets at RM10 each or donate to the shelter,” Koh told a press conference recently.
Up for grabs in the raffle are a Viva Victoria dinner voucher, Tina Lee Degreef necklace, Pure Energy Spa treatment, Penang Players Improv Club show tickets, Tentolia facial treatment and Let’s Meat giftcards.
For donations, one can get in touch through Penang Passion’s Facebook page, or by calling Tenaganita’s Penang office at 011-36181360.
Tenaganita’s Penang shelter manager Sally Alexander said the women they help come mostly from Southeast Asia countries.
“Most of them come here to earn for their families back home, but end up in bad situations or are taken advantage of.
“They get very little protection.These women often don’t see themselves as victims.
“Some are fearful of reaching out for help as they’ve had their passports or money taken away and get threatened.
“Our centre provides them refuge until their cases are resolved.
“During their stay, we also teach them life skills like handicraft and cooking.
“Such activities can be therapeutic against the stressful conditions and uncertain future these women find themselves in, and most of them enjoy them,” Alexander said.
She added that the public who know of such cases of abuse can report them via an app called Be My Protector, or by contacting Tenaganita’s 24-hour hotline at 012-3350512 or 012-3395350.
Also present at the press conference were event co-organiser and The Arts Society Penang president Sandie Lenton Forrest, and organising committee members Tina Luckins, Nancy Jenster and Gracie Hughes.
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