A ROYAL VISIT
It was such an honor to have the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, to visit PurpleLily while on her Royal Tour to Singapore & Malaysia in November, 2017. We were informed by the British High Commissioner of Malaysia, Vicki Treadell, that we had been selected as the Women’s NGO that Camilla would visit on this trip. We were pleasantly surprised to hear this news.
We first welcomed Camilla in a private meeting, where we had organised recent and older participants to share the changes and impact that PurpleLily had into their lives. We found Camilla to be very engaged and curious about the work we do. We then, moved on to the Sexual Education workshop that we were conducting. Camilla witness our interactive and informative style, and then, requested to talk directly with girls. We organised small groups and we were highly impressed that she took time to talk with all the groups, ask questions and find out more about the girls and their lives.
Although the girls were more familiar with Princes William and Harry, they were excited that have the opportunity to meet a Royal here in Sarawak. Camilla was very kind and generous, she took time to have informal chats and take pictures with them.
As for PurpleLily, this visit generated exposure, publicity and we were able to secure funding directly related to this event. We are reaching more women & girls in communities in 2018 and 2019 because of Camilla’s visit. We are grateful that Camilla came to spend time with us.