Updated: 08 July 2014 07:15 | By Candice Neo & Lee Wei Lin
Belinda Lee to fight against sexual exploitation and gender inequality

The MediaCorp artiste has been appointed as the newest World Vision ambassador

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MediaCorp artiste Belinda Lee was appointed last Saturday as World Vision Singapore’s new ambassador at a dialogue session called ‘Saving our Girls’ held at the Blackbird Café. As the host of Channel U travel show Find Me A Singaporean, which is currently in its fourth season, the 37-year-old has traversed the corners of the world and has come into contact with impoverished families that have touched her life.

At the session, hard truths of sexual exploitation, gender inequality, child marriage and abuse across Asia and Africa were shared and 16-year-old Gizework Seyoum from Ethiopia, who is a World Vision registered child, revealed the struggles she faced in her life and how she is now making a difference in her community.

Belinda now sponsors two girls from Nepal and Cambodia through the organization and pays $45 a month for each child. She stressed that not all the money goes to the sponsored child, as a portion of it will go towards improving village infrastructure to better the lives of all inhabitants. While she is only sponsoring two now, she added that she is “open to sponsoring more children if I am able to financially”. She let on that she will visit her sponsored child in Nepal in October despite being prone to altitude sickness.

The entertainer also met up with fellow World Vision ambassador Lee Hom some months back and divulged that the two discussed World Vision matters at length, adding, “I knew that I had made the right choice in doing this when I felt his passion when he shared his plans for bettering the lives of those who need help.”

Fiona Soh, World Vision’s director of resource development and communications, commented that Belinda was chosen for her “compassion and willingness to lend her influence to draw attention to the organisation’s causes”, adding that her deeply-rooted belief in empowering the vulnerable is in-tune with the organisation’s goals.

Belinda is not the first, and neither will she be the last, celebrity from Singapore and beyond to commit herself to charitable work. Click on to see which other celebs have devoted their lives to volunteerism.

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