16 May, 2012
Breaking Barriers celebrated its third anniversary in Hong Kong with a fundraising event for Mother's Heart of Cambodia on 14 April 2012.
Over 100 guests attended the charity cocktail party held at KEE Club in Hong Kong, which featured a presentation from Katrina Gliddon, director of Mother's Heart and a live hair-styling performance from Asia's best-known style maestro, Kim Robinson.  Over HK$70,000 was raised through a silent auction of artwork and other items donated by Kim Robinson and other corporate patrons.
Mother's Heart responds to the lack of choices for women and girls facing unplanned pregnancies in Cambodia where no pregnancy counselling or post abortion counselling services are available. Mother's Heart provides much needed counselling, accommodation, healthcare, education and fostering and adoption alternatives to future mothers in Cambodia.
Commenting on the event Katrina Gliddon said:
"I would like to thank Hogan Lovells, Breaking Barriers, Kim Robinson and all the wonderful people who donated items for the silent Auction for the evening of the 17 April, which was dedicated to help raise funds for Mother's Heart work in Cambodia.  We were very overwhelmed at the response and generosity of the people that attended the night."
Gabriela Kennedy, Chair of Breaking Barriers, added:
"We are very pleased to be able to support Mother's Heart in this way.  Their work is incredibly important and aligns with Breaking Barriers' commitment to support charities focusing on women's issues in Asia.  
The success of the evening was attributable to our supporters and donors including Kim Robinson, The KEE Club, Halo Inspirations Limited, Karin Weber Gallery, MISCHA, Platinum Heart, Tabla and Virgile Simon Bertrand.  We thank them for their tremendous generosity."
About Breaking Barriers
Established in 2009 by Hong Kong based IPMT partner Gabriela Kennedy, Breaking Barriers was set up to offer intelligent and thought-provoking lunchtime seminars and evening social events and thus create a platform for networking for professional women. Initially designed as a business tool it now also serves as mentoring platform where our younger lawyers learn from more senior lawyers how to use their business and networking skills. Since its establishment, Breaking Barriers has hosted 18 different and unique events. Breaking Barriers organises topical seminars on a variety of subjects ranging from art, business issues, leadership, current affairs, history of Hong Kong, diversity issues, etc. The annual Breaking Barriers cocktail party is held in April and supports charities focusing on women's issues.
About Mother's Heart
Mothers Heart-Cambodia was founded in 2010.  Katrina Gliddon and a small dedicated team were envisioned to respond to the lack of choices for women and girls in Cambodia facing unplanned pregnancies.  Currently in Cambodia, there is no crisis pregnancy or post abortion counseling services available. Mothers Heart-Cambodia provides counseling, accommodation, healthcare, fostering and adoption alternatives, and education. Mother’s Heart provides unconditional love to women facing crisis pregnancies and empowers women with choices, so that they can make the best decision for their future and the future of their babies.
Click here to see the photos from the event. 

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