|Title||THE CLEFT COLLECTION|
|Product / Service||SMILE ASIA|
|Category||B03. Fundraising & Advocacy|
|Entrant||McCANN HEALTH Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|Idea Creation||McCANN HEALTH Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|Yuan Ling Tan||McCann Health||Jr. Art Director|
|Emily Mok||McCann Health||Jr. Art Director|
|Mellisa Go||McCann Health||Copywriter|
|Rodrigo Mitma||McCann Health||Associate Creative Director|
|Alejandro Canciobello||McCann Health||Creative Director|
|Sean Riley||McCann Health||Executive Creative Director|
|Kirby Ho||McCann Health||Senior Production Manager|
|Rebecca Murphy||McCann Health||Director of Communications|
|Pei Ying Sim||McCann Health||Junior Account Manager|
|Nicole Lade||McCann Health||General Manager|
|Abhimanyu Talukdar||Smile Asia||Secretary General|
|Phoebe Low||Smile Asia||Programme Manager|
|Lorena Sancho||Smile Asia||Campaign Executive|
|Mark Fletcher||The Ritz-Cartlon||Director of Human Resources|
|Massimo Pasquarelli||The Ritz-Carlton||Executive Chef|
|Lewis Quinn||The Ritz-Carlton||Director of Food and Beverage|
|Ken Fong||The Ritz-Carlton||Banquet Operations Manager|
|Rei Tan||Ground Production||Props Maker|
|Eleen Yong||Ground Production||Producer|
|Priscilla Low||Ground Production||Producer|
|Zantz Han||Ground Production||Photographer/Videographer|
|Tan Teck Kuan||The Next Chapter Film||Videographer|
|Tania Wu||Magic Format Pte Ltd||Executive Producer|
|JY Goh||Magic Format Pte Ltd||Editor|
|Ian Dennis D’Rozario||U Got Shot By Me||Videographer|
In order to maximise donations to Smile Asia, we created a unique dining experience where potential donors could live through the same sorts of difficulties and frustrations that children with cleft are faced with at every meal. The ultimate goal was to make the cause personal enough to encourage activation through donation – to get them to dig deeply into their pockets to help support the cause, right then and there.
There are no local or regional restrictions that impact on these events.
Smile Asia needed to engage existing and new donors – high-earning individuals and corporations from all over Asia. They are familiar with the cause but not fully aware of the plight of the beneficiaries. Due to their busy lifestyles, there are few channels through which Smile Asia can engage them.
Each year, over 100,000 children in Asia are born with cleft lip and palate – birth defects that turn the simple act of eating into a daily struggle. Leaving parents constantly worried their child is not getting enough nutrition, that they will not flourish and that their life will have limited potential due to prejudice against their physical appearance. Still, many people remain unaware of the true impact of cleft lip and palate beyond the aesthetic – making donations very sporadic. Smile Asia is a global alliance of charities funding surgeries to correct cleft lip and palate. Entirely dependent on the generosity of its donors, Smile Asia needed them to feel the problem at a much deeper level – to get as close as possible to experiencing cleft for themselves. In essence, to get the donations to pay for the surgeries, we had to make it personal.
In order to capture new donors and inspire the existing to dig deeper into their pockets, we needed a charity event that was unlike any other they had previously attended. One that would drive home to the participants the real-life effects this facial deformity has on these children – beyond the obvious aesthetics – and spur them to make a donation immediately after. Our solution: The Cleft Collection – a unique set of cutlery specially designed with a cleft of its own. Each utensil has its own cleft-shaped missing piece, so that not only does it visually mimic the condition, it also replicates how frustratingly difficult eating is to children with cleft.
Smile Asia has the most contact and impact with donors at their fund-raising events. It’s only at these events that Smile Asia has their time and attention long enough to tell a story, build an experience and get them invested enough into the cause, that it becomes personal. Smile Asia knew that donors who volunteered for surgical missions and were exposed to the plight of the beneficiaries were more likely to become advocates. While it’s not feasible to take everyone on a mission, if we could bring the experience of cleft to a wider pool of donors, we were confident we could achieve the same effect. We needed an idea that not only let donors experience the difficulties of cleft, but was unavoidable, fit right in at a fund-raising dinner, and allowed them to make an immediate donation.
We unveiled the Cleft Collection at an exclusive dinner fund-raiser at the Ritz-Carlton designed to showcase the features of the cutlery. During the luxury dinner, attendees found that their soup poured out of their spoons before it got to their mouths, they couldn’t pick up anything with their forks, and their knives were too dull and lacked a long enough straight edge to cut their food. Then we set our sights on the Smile Asia Annual Gala Dinner Fund-Raiser. 280 attendees including celebrities and public figures were given the same extraordinary dining experience – confronting them with the difficulties of eating with cleft. Throughout the meals, guests went from nonplussed, to frustrated, to a growing realisation and ultimately, enlightenment – making it personal and driving them to donate through a QR-enabled card which came with the final course of the meal.
The response of the diners to the Cleft Collection and to the plight of the children in general was overwhelmingly positive and for many, deeply moving. We had connected the reality of cleft – beyond any superficial aesthetics – to their own lives in a way they could not prepare for, deny or forget. Across the 2 dinner fund-raisers, the Cleft Collection raised enough to help fund 796 surgeries. Literally creating 796 new smiles. Based on the impact and success of the 2 Singapore events, more Cleft Collection dinners are being planned for Hong Kong, Japan, India and the US.