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Portraits of Hope

Photos by: Raffles Studio

On Saturday 13 July 2019, space on the fourth floor of NCCS was dressed up in garden-themed décor for the day.

The morning was dedicated to "Portraits of Hope", a free family portrait service, benefiting a few NCCS patients and their families. 

Rooms in NCCS were converted into a photography studio by volunteers from Raffles Studio, and a beauty zone staffed by volunteers from Shiseido Life Quality Beauty Center and Shiseido Professional that sponsored specialized makeup and hairstyling services. There was also a bonding space for families to decorate their own family photo frame. This scrapbooking activity was facilitated by staff and patient volunteers.

For many, it is a luxury or special occasion that prompts a family to get a professional family portrait done. However, when a person or a family struggles to cope with cancer, a family portrait is less of a priority. And yet more often than not, the support of loved ones and images of good memories with them serve as a powerful source of strength and hope. 

It was a special and heart-warming experience with the families, seeing their faces light up with smiles and knowing that the portraits served as unique gifts. 

Words from beneficiaries:

"Thanks very much for all the volunteers' support and all your time given to our family." ~ Mdm Carol Lee

"Really appreciate it very much." ~ Mdm Wan Petom

Words from volunteers:

"Portraits of Hope is a meaningful event Raffles Studio is glad to be a part of. We appreciate everyone's effort in creating this heartwarming experience for the families. "  ~ Mei Qi, Raffles Studio

"As cancer patients sometimes experience skin concerns as side effects of cancer treatments, the Shiseido Life Quality Center is happy to volunteer our time to do good through our expertise in offering specialised makeup for these concerns. The joy and smiles brought to the cancer patients and their families is truly priceless."  ~ Jiayun, Shiseido Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Top:Volunteer Engagement team with staff and patient volunteers who assisted with the event facilitation
Bottom: Corporate volunteer team from Shiseido Life Quality Beauty Center and Shiseido Professional

NCCS Volunteer Engagement rep, Adeline with volunteers See Toh and Mei Qi from Raffles Studio

Special thanks:

  • Make-up Sponsor: Shiseido Life Quality Beauty Center (Alyssa Ng, Cheryl Cheng, Lim Kai Yu, Nancee Tay, Jiayun Fang, Sylvia Chim, Lionel Lim)
  • Hairstyling Sponsor: Shiseido Professional, M Plus Tampines (Ken Chong), PRIX Salon (Kevin Neo), EX Style (Linus Loh)
  • Photography: Raffles Studio (Kelly Woon, MeiQi Phua, See Toh Yew Chuen)
  • Facilitation: Bernadette Wong, Jessie Tan, Raymond Teo, Candy Lee, Chew May Jin, Terry Tan, Wang Ai Choo, Chia Yi Lin, Siti Zawiyah

This October, the NCCS will be holding a second run of Portraits of Hope in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as NCCS' inaugural "Women vs Cancer" campaign, which aims to raise awareness and funds the fight against women's cancers. 

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