One the great parts about living in Singapore is the number of charity events to which you can contribute. Recently, the Sarah-Grace Sarcoma Foundation (Kick Sarcoma) and Rotary Club of Tanglin hosted a fantastic evening, and more importantly, helped to raise awareness for this cause.
Antonia Kidman, the Australian TV presenter, author and sister of Nicole Kidman was the guest of honour at the combined Sarah-Grace Sarcoma Foundation (Kick Sarcoma) and Rotary Club of Tanglin charity event on the 21st May.
The event, which coincided with the eve of Kick Sarcoma day, was a private movie screening, for the opening night of “A Royal Night out”. Guests adorned in tiaras and other regal paraphernalia in the regally decorated reception room, with crowns and red velvet, mingled and laughed easily.
The serious side of the charity event, was to raise sarcoma awareness, a deadly cancer with 50% mortality, within 5 years of diagnosis, and one which also has prolonged morbidity for the survivors, most of whom are amputees.
For this reason, the SGSF-Kick Sarcoma and the Rotary Club of Tanglin aimed to also raise funds for the establishment of a sarcoma support group, The Kenneth Lai Sarcoma Support group, named after a young Singaporean who lost his life to sarcoma, and who on his last days, did a selfishness act of asking his friends and family to raise sarcoma awareness and funds for its research.
William Lai, the father of Kenneth gave an outstanding emotional speech, requesting the guests to continue supporting the establishment of the support group.
Also present were sarcoma survivors, sarcoma doctors and nurses, members of the Diplomatic corps, the president of Rotary club of Tanglin Patrick Sim (among other senior Rotarians), the Patron of SGSF in Singapore, Jonathan Glickfeld (VISY), The president of ANZA (The Australian and New Zealand Association), PJ Roberts, AustCham members, SGSF KS youth ambassador Dominique Schell, the Founder of SGSF (Kick sarcoma) Dr Grace Moshi with her board and committee members, as well as 300 other guests who turned up in their fineries, in support of the cause.
(Photos: Michael Anthony Francis)
Afrodite Vergopoulou, Antonia Kidman and Jazzy Tasdelen
Emma Oldager, sarcoma survivor and her friends
Grace Yeh and Dr Grace Moshi, Founder, SGSF
Jazzy Tasdelen and Dallas O’Brien
Jeremiah Mathhews and Malaika Green
Ken and Em Hickson
Mr and Mrs Iwatake
Mrs Scott and Jacqui Wyatt, sarcoma survivor
Nadia and Mark Whiskin
Patrick Sim, president, Rotary Club of Tanglin
Peter Kahn and other Rotary Club memebrs
Prof Dany Sherman and her excellency Yael Rubenstein
William Lai (Father, Kenneth Lai who lost his battle)
Rotary club of Tanglin memebers
Xavier Merouze (centre) Board memeber, SGSF and friends