What is the one thing we can all agree that embodies the Malaysian spirit?
Without a doubt, it is our selflessness in helping each other.
This year, Make-A-Wish Malaysia hosted their annual WishBall after a three year hiatus.
Dressed in vibrant colours to reflect the theme, Colours of Life, which celebrates diversity, equity and inclusivity, the 500 guests who attended the ball that evening at Hilton Kuala Lumpur were there for the sole purpose of raising funds for their cause.
The definite highlight of the evening was when wish child, Nazneen Zofia auctioned her painting of Princess Ariel in order to raise funds for other sick children.
Nazneen was diagnosed with brittle bone disease and ever since then, she has made it her mission to help children like her.
Six years after her wish had been granted when she was eight years old, Nazneen donated her painting and she has since received countless bids. The painting was sold for RM16,000 to one Luo Yong Wen, who mentioned, “Supporting the dreams of Nazneen and others in need is unequivocally obligatory for me.
“Seeing what she has gone through and the immense persistence, resilience and creativity in her is absolutely inspiring.
“The beautiful painting to me symbolises looking out to a horizon of endless possibilities and I’m sure Nazneen will achieve amazing things in her life. I wish her all the best!”
Apart from this painting, several other items were made available for live auction such as a package to Pangkor Laut Resort, a 7 nights stay in Southwest France, limited edition Bonia crystal bag, limited edition Thermomix, a custom baju kebaya from Bill Keith, a pair of earrings by Amee Philips and an artwork by Stephen Menon.
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Cumulatively, the event raised RM114,000 thanks to the generosity of those involved. Aside from the auction, 11 wishes were adopted by generous donors even before the ballroom doors officially opened.
If you wish to donate and help the cause, you can do so by clicking here.