INSPIRE was a series of stunning events that took place in South East Asia – Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Fashion personality and TV star Gok Wan, actress Jaime Winstone, Her Royal Highness Sultanah Pahang, Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom, and world-wide renown designer Prof Datuk (Dr) Jimmy Choo were just some of the global stars who donated their time to support INSPIRE – the most high profile Tiger campaign in Malaysian history, that drew to its conclusion on the 18th October 2014.
The Majestic Tiger Ball
The Majestic Tiger Ball (sponsored by YTL Hotels) took place on Friday 3rd October 2014 at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and was attended by over 600 guests, including royalty, ambassadors and international celebrities. Attendees enjoyed exclusive performances by international ballerina Maria Sascha Khan and Leee John of Imagination fame and raised thousands of pounds for Save Wild Tigers with a high profile auction. The fashion patron was Dato Prof Jimmy Choo and the Royal Patron was HRH Sultanah Pahang. Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom.
Eastern & Oriental Tiger Express (2nd – 6th October 2014)
Travelling from Singapore, through Malaysia and Thailand, this exclusive tiger inspired adventure welcomed 90 international guests and VIPS and made up the backbone of INSPIRE. At a champagne reception at Raffles Hotel Singapore, guests were welcomed by Gok Wan, who spoke passionately about his support for Save Wild Tigers and his admiration for the founder Simon Clinton. After three days of entertainment (The Majestic Tiger Ball, an Audience with Leee John, the opening of Overexposure), the trip ended with a reception at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok at which international singing sensation Leee John made a speech highlighting his desire to help save wild tigers. This was attended by the British Ambassador for Thailand.
A touring exhibition of the stunning Crystal Tigress, created by esteemed London sculptress, Lauren Baker in aid of Save Wild Tigers, opened in August. The tour included launches and exhibits on the British Pullman at Victoria Station (London), at Raffles Hotel (Singapore), Starhill Gallery (Kuala Lumpur) and The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Overexposure was an exclusive tiger-themed photographic exhibition at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in the UNESCO heritage city of Penang. Opened by Gok Wan on 4th October 2014, the exhibition welcomed huge media attention and local celebrity attendance.
Royalty, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, global celebrities, business leaders, conservationists and media have all shown their support for this unprecedented Save Wild Tigers campaign helping to spread the critical message that wild tigers need our help......NOW.
With just 3,000 wild tigers left in the world, 300 of these in Malaysia, Save Wild Tigers has not only created a series of moving and inspirational events to help to raise awareness of the plight of the wild tiger, but has also raised desperately needed funds. Profits from INSPIRE will go to targeted Tiger conservation programmes including the Wildlife Conservation Society of Malaysia (WCS) for their critical tiger conservation works in Johor and Pahang.
Save Wild Tigers Founder, Simon Clinton comments:
“We set out to Inspire all, reinforcing the beauty of the Wild Tiger and the symbolism of what tigers in the wild mean for us. The Majestic Tiger Ball and the Eastern & Oriental Tiger Express have not only raised awareness and critical funds for tiger conservation in Malaysia, but have also given hope to everybody that has a shared interest in ensuring the national symbol of Malaysia, the Malayan tiger, is protected from extinction. It’s a tough road ahead, but we start with a strong belief that we can make a difference - so I ask everyone to join us in the fight back today.”