For those who don’t know can you tell us a little bit about Fugee School?
Together with my University friend, Shikeen, we started Fugee School in 2009. We are an education centre for refugee children living in Malaysia. With every day a refugee is denied an education, it is another day they are removed from a chance to improve their odds at a better future. At Fugee School, our mission is to equip refugee children with knowledge and life skills that empower them to make informed decisions and choices that will govern their direction in life. To date, over 200 children have come through our doors, and we currently have 130 students from Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Palestine.
You are known widely as the face of this amazing School. What was it about Fugee that pulled at your heart?
I remember when I first met our first refugee family and saw that the children weren’t going to school, they couldn’t read or write well and this broke my heart. I found it unacceptable that in the 21st century in Malaysia there are kids who can not learn. I had to do something and it started with tuition, which eventually evolved into a school. No child should be left behind and it is our duty to make this happen.
Raising funds is no easy feat. What are you most proud of accomplishing with the money you have raised?
What makes me proudest is when I see the transformation in the students from when they first started as shy, silent closed off kids to bright energetic and passionate people. I know they will go far and live a good wholesome life and every cent that is donated helps us make this a reality.
Kids for Kids is a partnership that you have done with local brand Bowerhaus. What drove you to create this charity event?
Elizabeth and I have been friends for a while and we were at an afternoon event when she suggested we do something for Fugee. Of course, I was more than excited about the collaboration as I love Bowerhaus and women (we love jewelry) will buy the specially designed necklace, but more importantly, we are engaging with kids to help support other kids. It is a fun charity event where all the children can have fun and still change someone else’s life.
Are you looking forward to being swarmed by Kids and Adults on the day?
I say, bring em on!! We want as many people to come by and have a good time doing something good!
How do we book?
The best place is to book online at www.bowerhaus-shop.com. Walk ins are welcomed on the day but pre-bookings are the best.
If we can’t make it can we still donate?
Most definitely, you can always purchase an Educate necklace that I designed together with Bowerhaus for RM150. 100% of proceeds are going directly to Fugee School or you can donate directly here.
I am thrilled to share with you that my baby sister Elizabeth Lee and her husband Benjamin Yong are expecting a little girl. Baby B (as she is now known) had her first party on the 8th of May in a space created entirely for her!
Benjamin Yong was so excited about being a father he created a new baby and child friendly cafe called Benbinos in Publika. The cafe opened just in time for the baby shower. The shower was inspired by all things that Elizabeth loves, the colour yellow, balloons, fondant cookies and a splash of glitter.
The highlight would be the balloon babies that the guests got to learn to make on the day as well as an amazing dessert buffet created by the Big Group. Guests were treated to a limited edition Bowerhaus pearl bracelet as well as intricately decorated fondant cookies. Guests took polaroid photos with a Baby B doll that I adopted from the famous New York toy store FAO Schwarz. The photos were clipped with a wish card that the guests all filled in for Ben and Elizabeth to keep as a momentum of who attended on the day. Xox Shentel
“My favourite part was definitely seeing all the guests make their BIG baby balloons as well as the heart warming speech my sister gave. So many people travelled from near and far to shower both Ben and I with love. When we got home we loved reading through the wish cards as well as seeing all the hilarious photos the guest took. We can’t wait till baby B comes.” Elizabeth Lee
Bowerhaus has created the ultimate Mother’s Day experience with their bespoke High Tea events this May 9th-10th at Ben’s BSC.
Together with co-founder Elizabeth Lee create your very own bespoke Bowerhaus bracelets. A candy bar of gemstones and pearls will be setup at Ben’s BSC for you to create your very own designs.
This event will be perfect for mothers and daughters, or best friends who are looking for an afternoon of creativity, colour and delicious high tea.
Cost: RM350 (inclusive of GST) for two bespoke bracelets and a high tea set for two. Seats are limited so book your seats online here.
Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th May
Two sessions 2.00-3.30pm and 3.30pm-5pm
Address: Ben’s BSC
Lot-T-06, Level 3
Bangsar Shopping Centre