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Seven-year-old is youngest budding artist in Singapore to hold solo charity art exhibition

Press Release   •   Nov 02, 2011 15:29 +08

Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation Exhibition supported by PwC Singapore and The Fullerton Heritage

At just seven years old, Gelyn Ong is proof that big things come in small packages. This evening, the budding artist debuted her first solo exhibition, “My Dreams, My Wishes” featuring 29 of her latest art pieces.

Through this exhibition, Gelyn and her family aim to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation®, a charity which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Net proceeds from the evening’s exhibition will go towards Make-A-Wish.

Gelyn’s whimsical, boldly patterned art work began as crayon scribbles on paper at the age of four. Since then, not only has she graduated to acrylics on canvas, her love for art has also gone towards helping children who are less fortunate. In the last year alone, Gelyn’s paintings have helped to raise close to $100,000 for charity.

“Young Gelyn's tremendously beautiful artistic talent is only exceeded by her even bigger heart which desires to help less fortunate children. We feel very privileged to be her chosen charity beneficiary for her first solo exhibition. On behalf of our Wish Children and their families, thank you Gelyn!” said Debbie Seah, CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation® Singapore.

Gelyn’s first exhibition is supported by lead sponsor PwC Singapore as part of its commitment to Corporate Responsibility and engagement with the arts, as well as venue sponsor The Fullerton Heritage under its Art in the City programme.

Gautam Banerjee, Executive Chairman, PwC Singapore, said: “We are delighted to support an aspiring artist like Gelyn, and to aid her cause. Corporate responsibility forms an integral part of our culture and brand promise to create value in a very personal way, and to build relationships by touching the hearts and minds of clients, colleagues and community partners. To see someone as young as Gelyn sharing her talent with her less fortunate peers is a humble reminder that generosity and kindness know no bounds. In the same way, we also hope to inspire positive, lasting change among our people by giving back to the community and caring for others.”

“The Fullerton Heritage is honoured to be able to work with Gelyn on her first solo charity art exhibition,” says Mr Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Heritage. “We are heartened that not only are we able to provide a platform to fulfill Gelyn’s dreams, but also to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

PwC Singapore is also incorporating a “green” element into the project, as the main sponsor of a special initiative with EZ-Link Pte Ltd. EZ-Link Pte Ltd, which is also a supporter of this project, will print 2,500 limited edition ez-link cards displaying one of Gelyn’s favourite paintings. PwC Singapore will be purchasing ez-link cards for all its staff as a New Year gift for 2012, and as part of its environmental initiative to encourage use of public transport.

Gelyn’s art exhibition will be on display at the Fullerton Heritage Gallery from October 27 to November 22, 2011.