SINGAPORE - As part of SG50 celebrations, jeweller RISIS has launched a limited edition pendant in conjunction with International Women's Day, which falls on Mar 8.
BP de Silva, the owner of the RISIS brand, has also joined hands with Community Chest to raise funds for the under privileged in society in the run up to Singapore's 50th birthday.
Its contribution to Community Chest's SG50 project - the Care & Share Movement - is a collection of handcrafted, limited edition pendants.
Each pendant represents a key milestone of the country's growth since 1965, as seen through the eyes of five local storytellers - spanning nature, the arts, business, travel and food.
Trina Liang, the President of UN Women National Committee Singapore, has collaborated with RISIS and designed the fourth limited edition pendant for the series.
Titled Homegrown, the pendant is inspired by Liang's memories of growing up in Singapore.
Through her design, she wants to convey a sense of nature, reminiscent of the tropical fruit trees which grew in her grandparents' garden, and the plantations of early Singapore.
Liang is a leader in campaigns such as "Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics", "Ending Violence Against Women"; "STOP Sex Trafficking" and the "Day Off Campaign" which helped institute a rest day for all foreign domestic workers in Singapore.
She is also the co-founder of Project Inspire, a global social entrepreneurship competition for youth.
Liang's grandmother raised 15 children, and her mother did not attend university.
When asked where Singapore's women will be in two more generations, Liang says that she hopes Singapore women will become astronauts, Nobel prize winners, chief executive officers and ministers.
"This is such a meaningful campaign to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday. I want to remember and share how Singapore looked like in her early days. Despite profound economic progress, Singapore also has a track record of striving to be a city in a garden," said Liang.
Homegrown will be available in March at all RISIS stores island-wide and on www.risis.com for a donation of $50.
All proceeds will support over 200 social service programmes through the Care & Share Movement led by Community Chest as part of the SG50 Project.
From now till March 31, the proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar by the government.