To thank all the benevolent donors and supporters who aided in the 3D Live Portrait Fund-Raising Project for Sabah Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals Association (SWEPA) Barefoot Solar Project 2.0. Phase 2, an appreciation dinner was held at (and funded by) the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa.

The evening was merry and full of life, with guests all dressed to the nines to celebrate the wonderful outcome of the charitable project. Even Sabah Tourism Board Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, who was accompanied by his wife Datin Lucy Yong, graced the joyous occasion. As everyone was seated at the dining hall, SWEPA President Wynnie Jong took to the stage to proudly announce that the association can now smoothly embark on the second phase of the solar project to ensure long-term sustainability of the initiative and consequently elevate the socioeconomic status of the four marginalised villages that they had worked with during the first phase.

The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the ‘speaking portraits’. Datuk Joniston, who was the guest of honour, presented each of the 18 philanthropists who contributed to the socio-economic cause with a 3D Live Portrait and an exclusive Coffee Table Book as a token of appreciation.

In addition to that, the partners of SWEPA Barefoot Solar Project 2.0, namely Tan Holdings, Sabah Energy Corporation, Raleigh International, Asian Forestry Company Sabah, Sabah Land-Rover Club, Pacos Trust, Mouawad, Imago Louis Pang Photography, Imago, Palace Hotel and Daily Express, also received copies of the commemorative book from Datuk Joniston. Other sponsors who had played a major role in making the fund-raising project a great success were Prestige Malaysia, The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, as well as Sounds & Light Event Supplies.