By THong Xinyin,
June 12, 2014
Golden Horse Best Supporting Actress winner Yeo Yann Yann considers giving birth as one of the most beautiful moments of her life, while feeling very blessed to be a mum who’s living in Singapore.
Find out why, as she tells us more about a charitable cause that is so close to her heart.
“Indescribable and magical” — those were the words that Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann used, to describe that first sight of her baby girl, surely a sentiment that all mums can relate to.
“I feel like crying and at the same time, laughing and smiling,” recalls Yann Yann, when we met her at the Bulgari Takashimaya store on June 9, 2014. “You feel so familiar to her and yet it’s the first time you’re seeing her.”
The reason for reminiscing comes from a most pressing matter.
It involves a Bulgari ring and pendant; items that help raise funds in aid of children and mothers in poor and conflict-stricken areas, who lack the access to everything a typical Singapore mum would have had.
Yann Yann, together with top Singapore actress Fann Wong are the local ambassadors of Bulgari’s latest collaboration with Save the Children, a global non-governmental organisation that supports children’s rights and aid to disadvantaged children and mothers worldwide.
Since 2009, Bulgari has been supporting programs by the international charity group through donating part of the sale proceeds of the Bulgari Save the Children ceramic and silver ring, which is inspired by Bulgari’s signature B.zero1 jewellery line.
To date, over US$27 million (approximately S$33.7 million) has been raised to provide education for kids in low-income families. This year, the high jewellery brand has added another gem to aid mothers in need too.
To help lower the infanticide rates in poor and conflict-stricken areas, $140 will be donated for each purchase of the new Bulgari Save the Children pendant necklace ($710), now available in Bulgari stores.
According to Save the Children, 1.2 million babies worldwide die during labour because of childbirth complications, maternal infections; some of which could have been prevented with the access to better medical care, which most Singapore mums including Yann Yann, would have taken for granted.
It’s the same reason why this Golden Horse Best Supporting Actress winner feels “very lucky” to be a mum living in Singapore.
“Giving birth is one of the most beautiful moments of my life. But it can also be the most dangerous moment as it involves two inseparable lives,” notes Yann Yann.
“I don’t think any of us can remember how fragile we were when we were born. The fact that we’ve been able to grow from being tiny, helpless babies to the healthy adults we are today, is essentially a miracle, a miracle that was aided by the accessibility to modern healthcare.”
Actress and mum-to-be Fann Wong also echoes her thoughts: “Knowing that every year over a million babies die on the first day of their life, shocked me to the core. It is reassuring to know a great brand like Bulgari has stepped up to fund such a great cause.”
The two Singapore stars join a star-studded list of international celebrities including Jet Li, Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts, who have pledged their support for this good cause; you can view their contributions too at a mini exhibition showcase in Takashimaya atrium from now ‘til June 22.
Read the full report at herworldPlus.