We have always been passionate about social responsibility and decided right from the start that honey&gazelle Design Studio will strive to do its part to give back to society in whatever way possible. Therefore, we are super excited to announce an initiative between honey&gazelle Design Studio and VSA Singapore called The Christmas Cheer Campaign!
Let's get into some Q&A fun!
What is VSA Singapore?
First and foremost, if you have not heard of VSA before, here is a quick introduction to the non-profit organisation. Very Special Arts (VSA) was founded in 1974 in Washington DC, USA to provide art and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. VSA Singapore Limited was launched on 27 September 1993 by Professor Tommy Koh, Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large.
VSA envisions a world where people with disabilities are empowered through the arts, and can contribute to and integrate with the community. As such, the organisation aims to create and provide access and opportunities for people with disabilities through the arts. VSA Singapore works with children, youth, and adults with sensorial, physical, intellectual, learning and social disabilities from special education schools, day activity centres, and homes.
The artwork in our blog header image is a combined effort by a few of the beneficiaries of VSA Singapore. Like VSA, we also believe that art can touch the lives of many in various ways, thus we are so happy to be embarking on this special project with them. In fact, we would like to invite you to be a part of The Christmas Cheer Campaign as well!
What is The Christmas Cheer Campaign?
From now till the end of November, our studio will be compiling hand-written notes on the Happy cards from the Say It With Words Greeting Cards collection for the beneficiaries of VSA Singapore. We will bring the cards with us whenever we have a pop-up event to raise awareness of VSA Singapore and gather well-wishes from the public.
How can I be involved in The Christmas Cheer Campaign?
All you need to do is look for us at our events and we will pass you a Happy card for you to write your warm wishes. In exchange of your message on the Happy card, we will give you a Thank You card from VSA Singapore that features the artwork above.
What happens to my card after I have given it back to you?
At the end of November, we will give the collated hand-written cards to VSA Singapore who will then disseminate them randomly to their beneficiaries, just in time for Christmas! The cards will be mailed out by VSA Singapore directly to their beneficiaries' letterboxes as a pleasant and encouraging surprise from anonymous strangers.
Do I need to pay to write on the Happy card?
honey&gazelle Design Studio is sponsoring both the Happy cards and the Thank You cards, thus you would not need to pay a single cent. All that is required is your heartfelt words!
This is a very simple campaign to share some love and happiness with the beneficiaries who are very often deemed as 'less-fortunate' and judged unkindly by society, just because they have special needs. Together with VSA Singapore, we hope that the heartfelt notes will encourage and motivate the beneficiaries, as well as warm and cheer their hearts during the most wonderful time of the year. Let's make their Christmas just that bit more lovely this year, shall we? (:
For more information on our whereabouts (i.e. pop-up events), check out the Calendar of Events page. If you would like to participate in The Christmas Cheer Campaign but would not be able to join us at our events, please drop us an email and we will arrange something with you!
If you wish to find out more about VSA Singapore, check out their website here. To donate or volunteer with them, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us - will you be sharing some love and happiness with the beneficiaries of VSA Singapore this year?
With Love, Min+Jia.
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