Lim Sew Yong (in green) and Timothy Chionh (third from left) attend the exhibition opening. Photo: Facebook/Dr Tony Tan

Singaporean artist Lim Sew Yong made it a family affair when she gave works of art to the President’s Charity Art Exhibition – her son Timothy Chionh and even her Indonesian caregiver Elina contributed, in a bid to raise funds for cancer patients and families.

Lim, 74, and her son Chionh, 42, an artist showing his work for the first time, displayed 30 pieces of art, although most (24) were done by Lim.

Half of the featured items will be given to the Ain Society, a charity group that runs a program that tries to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their families, Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore) reported.

Inspired by her employer, Indonesian caregiver Elina, 32, who has worked for Lim since last year, also contributed for the first time, showcasing a number of clay floral creations.

Some time ago while Elina was taking Lim to visit a street market, her employer noted her maid’s great interest in handmade clay products. That led to her sponsoring Elina to attend some clay-art classes.

The maid, in return, felt inspired to give a hand to the charity show, working at night from 8pm till midnight – after she had finished her domestic chores – to produce 20 items for the exhibition.

So far, the 2017 President’s Charity Art Exhibition has raised about S$110,000 (US$81,770) for the President’s Challenge this year, and Lim is hoping they can double the targeted amount of S$100,000.

The exhibition is open to the public with free admission from 9am to 5pm until Wednesday at the Japanese Association of Singapore on 120 Adam Road.

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