The #Solidaritea Pink Pamper party
Since Kellie first started talking about the annual Pink Pamper Party on Facebook - I double and triple checked to make sure it was after the dreaded Gitex because I missed it last year. There were several reasons. Kellie throws a great party. She and her partner-in-crime Theresa Tsui were doing this for Brest Friends as part of the SolidariTea movement. (If you haven't heard of the initiative, take a look here. Well worth getting involved.) So this was my first Pink party. It was a good cause and though I am not known for going to girlie events, I try and go to Kellie's because I do get to meet some of the ladies from the community and support some of the fabulous initiatives by some very enterprising mums. There were some treats in store. Some manicure (part) and grooming sessions, face masks and quick facials, perfumes and loads of clothes from the likes of Voluptu Ohan, Hunni Online, and Judith Hobby Clothing.
There was a more serious side to the whole evening too. There three short (emphasis on short) but very informative addresses by three very interesting ladies:
- Dr Sara Sharif from the Well Woman Clinic - headed by Dr Houriya Kazim who is very well known Emirati Surgeon. She shared some quick tips on how to do a breast self exam and what to look for. There was a 'shower friendly' card in our goodie bag to help when we got home
- Juliana Kagugube of the Bras4socialcrime - she shared details on her initiative (great article on Ahlan on this) to make a small difference to the women of Uganda living in refugee camps. She was there with K-Lynn Lingerie guys - collecting the bras we carried for the occasion and made us take a pledge in exchange for a discount for the next lingerie shopping spree (best before the end of next week).
- Premi Mathew of the Protect Your Mom campaign where as a survivor she talked about enabling kids to nag their moms to take regular tests and exams to ensure early detection. She talked about kids donating their hair to Hair for Hope that makes wigs etc for cancer patients when they lose their hair during chemo.
All in all a very thought-provoking evening that was shared accompanied by lots of very nice food, drinks, camaraderie and laughter in the evening. I had my friend Shelina with me as well as my daughter-in-law. It was a very pleasant evening and finished with the amazing goodie bag that the fact that I won the draw for the Xtouch tablet did not do any harm either.
Its wonderful to see companies like Unilever support such a good cause - looking forward to the next one.
Kellie, Theresa - take a bow ladies - you did a fab job!