They are not your ordinary children parading in fancy costumes for a fashion show. Most of them are young patients from Arc Children’s Centre (Arc) currently undergoing therapy for cancer at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and the National University Hospital (NUH).
Dressed to play out their dreams – the girls as princesses and the boys as secret agents, the 24 children took part in ‘Project Runway to Hope’ at the Memories at Old Ford Factory on Saturday (December 14, 2013). Decked in colourful and eye-catching costumes, the children cruised confidently, along in their flight of fancy at the fashion show. They also enjoyed an exciting game segment – the Tea Party Fashion Show Statute, bringing roars of laughter to the 100-strong crowd.
Children and the invited guests were later treated to a tea party with an exciting theme called “Tea Party Gone Mad”, helping themselves to the wide spread of finger food as well as sweet confectionery and tea prepared specially for the special occasion.
They also enjoyed Christmas tunes played by handbell performers, Ministry of Bellz and a fiery dance performance by Silent Stars Entertainment.
Organised by medical students from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the costumes that were worn by the children for ‘Project Runway to Hope’ were created by students from the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)’ School of Fashion and Design – who also helped plan the fashion show and coached the children on their catwalk.
As the event draws to a close, everyone was pleasantly surprised by the burst of confetti and streamers in a rainbow of colours. The children from Arc also enjoyed the surprises brought by the NUS and MDIS students and sponsors at ‘Project Runway to Hope’, and they each took home a goodie bag (sponsored by My Little Shoppers) from the two MDIS students dressed as Santa and his elf.
Through the sale of tickets and specially-designed T-shirts and donations from corporate sponsors and philanthropic donors, the event was made possible. About S$1,000 was raised for Arc.
Tickets to the event were sold at S$30 each to raise funds for Arc were available only to invited guests to maintain a level of safety for the children. These include representatives from KKH, NUH, ARCCC, MDIS, Stratagem Consultants as well as the project’s supporting sponsors – which include National Library Board, NTUC Fairprice Foundation, Ducati Singapore, Bossini, Chevalier Singapore Holdings Pte Ltd etc.
About Arc Children’s Centre (Arc)
Arc, which opened in 2011, takes in children ranging from 3 to 18 years old who are diagnosed with cancer and other life threatening illnesses in Singapore, providing them education, travel and food at a highly subsidised rate. The centre is committed to form a holistic circle of care for these children in need and aims to provide a sanctuary for their continued education, safety and bonding.
Arc’s care extends to the family and siblings as well, creating a haven of respite and comfort. The centre is staffed by a team of healthcare and pastoral care professionals who are ready to lend practical and emotional support to the families during their time spent at the centre.