Heart to Heart

Mah­naz Lee and Patti Ho share their phil­an­thropic pas­sion through the cre­ation of a mean­ing­ful jew­ellery col­lec­tion, writes Em­i­lie Yabut-ra­zon

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

he co-founders of the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Women Help­ing Women Hong Kong (WHWHK), Mah­naz Lee and Patti Ho, have part­nered with fine jeweller Adler to present a spe­cial col­lec­tion of jew­ellery for Mother’s Day. “We were look­ing for cre­ative ways to raise funds for our cause and we thought jew­ellery would be a good way to do it,” says Lee, whose ded­i­ca­tion to phil­an­thropic causes extends to a num­ber of char­i­ties re­lated to women and chil­dren.

Lee’s good friend Ho, co-chair of WHWHK, is not a phi­lan­thropy newbie ei­ther. Adler’s man­ag­ing direc­tor for Hong Kong since 1983, she has chaired and or­gan­ised many fundrais­ing events, in­clud­ing the Hong Kong Ballet Ball and the char­ity gala for the Hong Kong Hered­i­tary and High Risk Breast Can­cer Pro­gramme. In 2013 she qual­i­fied for men­tor­ship train­ing of un­der­priv­i­leged youth.

The pair be­lieve their meet­ing was des­tined. They were in­tro­duced at an event seven years ago and got to talk­ing about their vi­sions. “While we were both in­volved with many char­i­ties, Patti and I wanted to do some­thing truly from the heart… more hand­son,” says Lee. “It was like we con­nected.” WHWHK was soon born with the aim of as­sist­ing moth­ers and chil­dren fac­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and abuse in Hong Kong. “We did a lot of re­search to de­ter­mine which area of the com­mu­nity needed our help the most,” says Lee. “Start­ing a char­ity was a lot of work, but this is my pas­sion now. I want to give back and also in­spire oth­ers to help.”

In line with WHWHK’S cel­e­bra­tion of Mother’s Day, Lee and Ho are pre­sent­ing a spe­cial five-piece col­lec­tion called Con­nect­ing Hearts, which in­cludes a dou­ble ring, two cock­tail rings and two pairs of ear­rings. Fash­ioned from white, yel­low and pink gold, the pieces are set with di­a­monds, or a com­bi­na­tion of pink sap­phires and amethysts. “All stones are nat­u­ral, un­heated and set by hand by Adler’s crafts­men,” says Ho. “Each of the de­signs is ini­tially avail­able at 30 pieces.” The de­signs draw on WHWHK’S logo—eight in­ter­linked hearts rep­re­sent­ing the spe­cial con­nec­tion of women help­ing each other. The hearts form a lo­tus flower, which in Asian cul­tures sym­bol­ises re­newal, and pu­rity of body and mind.

“Women are the heart of the fam­ily,” says Ho. “With the hearts em­brac­ing, it per­son­i­fies a har­mo­nious fam­ily of WHWHK, and the lo­tus tells us how a beau­ti­ful flower can grow from the mud. WHWHK helps pro­vide women a chance to shine, to blos­som to the best of their abil­i­ties.” The pieces, com­pet­i­tively priced from HK$26,500 to HK$39,000, will be avail­able at Adler’s bou­tique in Prince’s Build­ing from May 6–29, with 15 per cent of pro­ceeds go­ing to WHWHK.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion—whose mem­bers and am­bas­sadors in­clude Shirley Kuan, Shirley Hi­ranand, Candy Lo, Win­nie Young and Cissy Wang—part­ners with Har­mony House, the Hong Kong Fam­ily Wel­fare So­ci­ety and Car­i­tas to fund ini­tia­tives that help abused women and chil­dren. WHWHK fundrais­ing events in­clude an In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day gath­er­ing and the an­nual char­ity ball, which will be held on Novem­ber 14.

To vol­un­teer or do­nate, go to WHWHK’S Con­nect­ing Hearts ring in yel­low gold with di­a­monds (right) and dou­ble ring with pink sap­phires and amethysts (be­low) by Adler jew­ellery



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