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AMBASSADORS

World Vision Malaysia is thankful to these individuals who are passionate about helping the poor and have offered their time, resources and voices.

 

Our Celebrity Ambassadors

Francissca Peter

As a Malaysian singer-songwriter, Francissca Peter has had over 20 No. 1 hits and was previously awarded “Best Female Vocalist”. Francissca is a Child Sponsor of two children from India and Indonesia and has been appointed World Vision Malaysia’s Child Sponsorship Ambassador since year 2006. She has travelled to India to meet her sponsored child as well as to see the work that World Vision is doing. She composed and sang World Vision Malaysia’s 15th Anniversary theme song “It Starts with Me”. She also sang our 10th Anniversary theme song “Tomorrow”. Francissca has been very supportive of our work and has participated in the yearly 30-Hour Famine event for many years.

 


Crystal Lee

Malaysia’s very own Crystal Lee has been appointed World Vision Malaysia’s Ambassador for the ‘Open Up Your World’ campaign in 2013. Taking on her new role, Crystal signed up as World Vision’s Child Sponsor. Today, she is sponsoring two children from Vietnam. She has personally travelled to meet her sponsored children and shared about her experience in Vietnam. Crystal has also been very supportive of our work against hunger, as she took on the role as spokesperson for our 8-Hour Kids Famine in 2014.

 


Our Supporting Celebrity

Lee Sinje

Also known as an award-winning film actress, Lee Sinje, has been a dedicated supporter and advocate for World Vision. First introduced to World Vision in 2002, she is now a proud Child Sponsor of 21 children from various continents. She has visited World Vision’s projects in Taiwan, Kenya, Mongolia, India, Mozambique, Lesotho and the Philippines. Through these exposure trips, she has devoted more time to advocate for HIV/AIDS as well as child welfare. Sinje’s contribution to World Vision stretches across different countries in the Asian continent – she is appointed World Vision Malaysia’s Child Sponsorship Ambassador as well as World Vision Advocate for HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong/ China. Sinje is also very passionate about helping underprivileged children in Hong Kong and Malaysia. She along with her close friends in the entertainment business has set up the Hope Education Foundation.

 


Our Child Rights Advocate

Deborah Henry

When Deborah Henry visited Brazil in her capacity as Miss Malaysia Universe 2011, she combined her passion as a champion for children’s right with her mission to promote Malaysia. While in Brazil, she visited a Street Girls Project undertaken by World Vision Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. The visit deepened her understanding of the multi-faceted nature of this social issue. Since then, with a passionate belief in, and advocate for, the right for children to be cared for, protected, healthy and educated, Deborah has immersed herself deeply in the issue, speaking out for this young and voiceless community. Deborah has been appointed World Vision Malaysia Child’s Rights Advocate in 2007. She has visited urban poor communities in India and understand first-hand the issues of children’s rights, nutrition and health. She has also visited a World Vision drop-in center for street and working children in Myanmar where she interacted with the children. Today, she is a Child Sponsor of two children from India and China. In her personal capacity, Deborah is the founder of The Fugee School, a non-profit fund that seeks to work with children living in difficult circumstances, by supporting education and self-development initiatives.

 


30-Hour Famine Ambassador Year 2017

Rachel Liang

From humble beginnings, Rachel Liang Wen Yin has risen to become a successful Taiwanese Mandopop singer. In 2013, she clinched the prestigious Most Popular Female Artiste and Most Popular Newcomer awards at the 15th Singapore Hit Awards. Rachel has released 1 EP and 5 albums to date.

Rachel is an aborigine of Taiwan’s Rukai tribe and, having lost both her parents at a young age, lived in an orphanage for 7 years with her younger brother. While at the orphanage, she discovered God and learned how to open her heart to love. As she plays the role of World Vision Malaysia’s 30-Hour Famine Ambassador 2017, Rachel hopes to share her faith and express her thoughts through her songs while encouraging the younger generation to participate in meaningful causes.


30-Hour Famine Ambassador Year 2016

Gary Chaw

Loved for his engaging stage presence, wide vocal range and rich voice is Malaysian born Gary Chaw. He is also known as Cao Ge. The Taiwan based singer-songwriter won Best Mandarin Male Singer at the 19th Golden Melody Awards in 2008 and his Mandarin version of Karyn White’s “Superwoman” was a breakout hit. Gary Chaw is married to Wu Sou Ling and they have 2 children together.

Gary was appointed the 30-Hour Famine Ambassador in 2016, and when asked to share his thoughts as the ambassador, he commented that “the 30-Hour Famine is a meaningful campaign that gives young people the platform to do something about social inequality. I am both honoured and humbled.” Gary also generously decided to sponsor 50 children with World Vision Malaysia.


30-Hour Famine Ambassador Year 2015

Penny Tai

Since moving to Taiwan to pursue a singing career in 1999, local lass turned pop sensation Penny Tai now wears many hats: singer, songwriter and music producer. As the 30-Hour Famine 2015 Ambassador, Penny visited one of the Famine’s local beneficiaries: the Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled. There, Penny learnt more about the needs of the disabled and taught residents the importance of nutrition and good health. She cooked nutritious porridge for the residents, taught them simple exercises, and sang to the delight of all present. According to Penny, “We need to take the initiative in sharing important messages, such as the fact that hunger is the top cause of death worldwide, or that clean water and proper sanitation is crucial to a child’s growth.


30-Hour Famine Ambassador Year 2014

Van Ness Wu

Truly a man of many talents, Van Ness Wu is a singer, director and producer in Taiwan. He was also formerly part of the popular boy band F4, who entered the Taiwanese showbiz scene in 2001. As the 30-Hour Famine Ambassador 2014, Van Ness travelled with World Vision Malaysia to their very first local community development project in Tulid, Sabah, to understand the needs of the community and the challenges of setting up a community development project. He also learnt how funds raised by the 30-Hour Famine will benefit the Tulid community. At the Famine Countdown event, Van Ness fasted alongside the participants, beginning his fast on 19 July like most and extending it till 21 July, making it a total of 72 hours of fast! In light of the devastating incident of MH17, Van Ness took time to remember and pray for our nation.


30-Hour Famine Ambassador Year 2013

Christine Fan

Since her debut in 2000, Christine Fan, more commonly known as FanFan, has produced 11 albums. Aside from her career in the entertainment industry, she is actively involved in various charity works. Together with her husband Blackie, they co-founded the Love Life campaign to inspire and motivate youths in Taiwan through the life stories of teenagers living with cancer.

Christine is a long-time supporter of World Vision Taiwan and has travelled to remote areas to care for underprivileged children. In 2004, she was Taiwan’s 30-Hour Famine Ambassador and travelled to Afghanistan to visit children of war. Subsequently, she served as Famine Ambassador for 10 consecutive years, sharing her experience in Afghanistan and contributing her talents at Famine Countdown events to motivate famine fighters.


30-Hour Famine Ambassador Year 2012

Wang Lee Hom

Establishing himself as a household name, American-born Taiwanese Wang Lee Hom carries many titles under his belt – singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and film director. The multi-instrumentalist and multilingual star is no stranger to World Vision and is a Child Sponsor of 20 children from Laos and Sierra Leone. He has visited World Vision’s community transformation projects in China, Laos and Sierra Leone.

In his time as the 30-Hour Famine Ambassador, Lee Hom set a personal goal to find sponsors for 3,000 children living in impoverished conditions. When interviewed about his role as a famine ambassador, he commented that “Each of us has the ability to help change the lives of those in need. But, for that to happen, we must first of all, change ourselves – to stop thinking that it is someone else’s responsibility or job. If change is to happen, we all have to work together.”