Founder and CEO of Monspace, Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai, attended the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner hosted by the Malaysia Aids Foundation (MAF), held at Kuala Lumpur’s Hilton Hotel. Monspace is one of the main sponsors of this event, alongside Air Asia Group Bhd, Berjaya Group Bhd, and Ranhill Holdings Bhd.
“I am honoured that Monspace is able to take part in this meaningful project through sponsorship. We hope MAF is able to continue providing assistance to people living with Aids, giving them better healthcare and support,” said Lai. Commenting on the sponsorship, Lai said: “Giving back has always been one of the main focus of Monspace since our founding in 2014. We care a lot about social issues, and have been investing in various projects to meet social needs. This is in line with with Monspace has always been doing.” “Besides the wellbeing of children, Monspace is also concerned about Malaysia’s AIDs community and the support they receive. We see MAF’s effort, and hope to give them support in educating the public and raising awareness.”
The Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Arward Gala Dinner is named after our current first lady, wife of prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir. It was formerly known as the Red Ribbon Gala. MAF is a non-profit organisation. Since 1996, the purpose of the Red Ribbon Gala has been to raise funds for the Malaysia Aids Council (MAC) and its 46 partners. To support the work of public education, AIDs prevention, supporting AIDs patients and addressing the social stigma they face.
Since its inaugural gala in 1996, the Red Ribbon Gala has always featured the attendance and performance of global names. In 1996 it featured a Donna Karan fashion. 2000 saw Chanel’s launch of its Autumn Winter luxury wear. 2006 had renowned Malaysian fashion designer Bernard Chandran, 2008 saw Elie Saab’s Autumn Winter collection, and 2012 featured the performance of Leona Lewis, winner of X Factor. At every year’s gala, MAF would give away the “Tun Hasmah” award to people or organisations who have contributed to addressing Malaysia’s AIDs issue. After six years, MAF is once again hosting this meaningful gala, and has received overwhelming support from the public at large.
According to data provided by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, more than 100,000 Malaysians have been diagnosed with HIV so far, with more than 17,000 reported deaths. Many of them come from a poor background, have limited access to basic health care, and are discriminated against in many workplaces. Lai said that it was only after her contact with MAF that she realised the gravity of discrimination against AIDS in Malaysia; especially for children born into AIDs carrying families. The discrimination they face growing up can severely affect their future. With this revelation, Monspace has decided to support MAF through real action. It called on capable organizations and enterprises to support MAF, so they can continue supporting AIDS patients, strengthen HIV prevention, and fund the treatment of patients.
Former winners of the Tun Hasmah Award include the Penang Family Health Development Association, Pink Triangle Malaysia, long time advocate of AIDs prevention Datuk Dr. Christopher Lee, Micheal Chow who’s an activist and also HIV patient, pediatric nurse Jubaidah Bee Nagoor Pitchay who has been working with children with HIV, and more. Prime Minister Tun Mahathir and wife Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah were present as the gala’s opening ceremony VIPs. The event was emceed by local host Fahrin Ahmad and Ms World 2011 Deborah Henry. Local artists Dayang Nurfaizah and Bob Yusof also performed at the gala.