When Dreams Come True

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A cast of 180 young dancers worked hard to fulfil the dreams to build a shelter and service centre for women in Ipoh.

‘When Dreams Come True’ is a charity ballet performance aptly named as it helped raise almost RM35,000 for a service and resource centre for women located at 52, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.

The collaboration by Perak Women for Women (PWW) and City Ballet was held at the Perak State Banquet hall and was a glamorous affair with graceful dancers parading in glitzy, colourful costumes.

Little girls as young as six years old strutted their stuff in a featuring of ‘The little Mermaid’ followed by ‘New York, New York’ that depicted a love story set in the infamous ‘city that never sleeps’.

“The little ones practised for six months before the performance but we only had a week to pull off ‘New York New York’ as the older dancers had a tighter schedule”, said City Ballet Principal, Rosalina Ooi.

“The centre for women is a place for women to bond, learn skills, join a support group or volunteer in various projects. We hope our centre will be a place where women can take charge of their lives and move on even after a negative chapter in their lives”, said PWW President, Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar.

Datuk Michelle Yeoh was invited to support the event and delivered a short speech that was projected to the audience before the performance started.

“This production communicates a sense of courage, optimism and hope for a better future for women”, said Yeoh in her video message.

A pleasant surprise was also given by Senior Exco of Women Affairs Datuk Hamidah Osman with an additional donation of RM10,000 courtesy of the Perak government.

Guests were encouraged to support PWW’s causes and works with the sale of booklets and donations outside the banquet hall. The non-governmental organization is a run by a group of dynamic women volunteers that depend solely on public funds and donations.

Their work include promoting gender equality, preventing violence against women, promoting respect and rape awareness in primary and secondary schools as well as promoting women’s health awareness. The society also offers support, counselling and shelter for women in crisis.

ISTA KYRA SHARMUGAM