Mui Thomas, born with rare skin condition, Harlequin Ichthyosis, was nominated and won “Overcoming Personal Challenge Award” in the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards, hosted by South China Morning Post, as well as winning the overall “People’s Choice Award”.
Nominated by Designing Hong Kong back in July, the award series recognises and celebrates the achievements of real people in Hong Kong. Thomas was up against 26 other nominees of the same category. “Winning the award felt really special. It was a testament to all of the efforts we’ve made as a family to raise awareness,” says Thomas. Thomas received $20,000 along with her award, and has agreed to give half of her prize to assist in helping others. “I hope that this win will give us opportunities to further educate people on discrimination and issues that continue to arise today”.
Thomas’ parents, Roger and Tina collected Mui’s award as she was in Vietnam for a work trip. “We have shared our story in the hope of helping and inspiring others, including others with visible differences and their families. These awards will help us to continue to raise awareness.” adds Mui’s dad, Roger Thomas. “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in Sai Kung and beyond who voted for our daughter”.
The Thomas family will be holding a talk at Shatin College as well as a talk to adolescents dealing with suicidal issues at the Samaritans. For more information on Mui or the talks, visit www.facebook.com/GirlBehindTheFace.