A mid-shot of Vivian lying on her bed with purple Barbie bed sheets. She is wearing a purplish-blue pyjama top and the readapted cream coloured skirt.

#BeTheDifference | Vincent x Vivian

#BeTheDifference is an initiative we started to help match sponsors with beneficiaries. Basically, it gives people the option to sponsor someone whose life could really benefit from our apparel solutions. But before #BeTheDifference, there was Vincent Yap.

Vincent the Difference

Vincent came to know of us from a media interview we did. Our brand really resonated with him, but he didn’t quite know anyone in his life who could stand to gain from our products. So, he reached out, asking if he could sponsor someone through us.

It was truly synchronous! We have always wanted to launch some kind of pay-it-forward-ish initiative to help more people who could really benefit from our apparels. But, we couldn’t quite figure out how to make it work.

Vincent’s suggestion clicked right in place. We would start an initiative to match sponsors with beneficiaries and give people an outlet to “be the difference”!

Vincent and Vivian

With Vincent as our first contributor of the initiative, we set out calling for nominations for beneficiaries and Vivian surfaced on our radar.

Vivian, previously featured on our last blog post, is an online entrepreneur with Barbie fantasies and who is also confined to her bed due to a neuromuscular disease. We first met Vivian when her friend sponsored a series of customised pieces for her existing wardrobe.

This time, Vivian needed help with her skirts. She had eight skirts on hand but they have become quite constricting. With a fixed opening, they are unable to accommodate to her, especially when she experiences bloating.

Pink, blue and cream coloured skirts layered on top of each other, with adjustable buttons and waistband exposed. A strip of sunlight shining in the middle and on the buttons.
Pink, blue and cream coloured skirts layered on top of each other with adjustable button and elastic exposed.
Waistbands on all eight skirts replaced with adjustable elastics and buttons.

Vincent was more than happy to sponsor our customisation services for Vivian. With that, we had our first match for #BeTheDifference! We got right to work on Vivian’s eight skirts, removing all the waistbands and adding buttons as an adjustable alternative.

And at the end of it, all Vincent wanted in return for his support were simply photos of the completed project.

A mid-shot of Vivian lying on her bed with purple Barbie bed sheets. She is wearing a purplish-blue pyjama top and the readapted cream coloured skirt.
Vivian lying on her bed with purple Barbie bed sheets, wearing the readapted cream coloured skirt.

Moments like these really fires a spark in us. We would like to give a big thank you to Vincent and Vivian for making #BeTheDifference possible. We are so thankful that Will & Well could be a part of the gifting and empowerment process, and sincerely hope #BeTheDifference will continue to champion this spirit!

Want to contribute to the initiative or have someone in mind to nominate as a beneficiary? Find out how you can #BeTheDifference here!
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