Monday, 7 October 2013
Positive in pink for a good cause
of good food and fellowship —that’s what the 5th Luscious Ladies
Day in Shades of Pink fundraiser is all about.
crowd of 300, consisting of cancer survivors and their supporters,
mostly dressed in pink, savoured a sumptuous breakfast buffet
and mingled freely at the event held at the ballroom at the Eastern
and Oriental Hotel in Penang.
of raffle tickets were sold while generous bids flowed in for
the live and silent auctions featuring items like jewellery sets,
luxury handbags, hotel stay and meal vouchers as well as art pieces.
many bidders obtained their desired items, the biggest winners
of the day were Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Rumah Hospice
Penang – the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the event on Friday.
Auction: Guests checking out the items to go under the hammer
during the Luscious Ladies Day in Shades of Pink event at E&O
hospital’s chief executive officer Tham Wei Wei said the funds
would be used to offset the purchase of a RM13.5mil Tomo-Therapy
machine which irradiates tumours with better accuracy.
spares healthy tissue, and gives patients a better quality of
life,” said Tham.
event, jointly organised by the Penang Irish Association (PIA),
Food Friends Penang, Amee Philips Exclusive Jewellery and E&O
Hotel, was also aimed at raising awareness on breast cancer.
also highlighted the importance of early detection and treatment,
while its theme ‘You Are Not Alone!’ emphasised the benefits of
having a support network for patients and their families.
expatriate Jennifer Hartner, 31, gave the crowd an insight into
her personal experiences during a poignant sharing session.
was just 10 years old when her mother, then 32, was diagnosed
with stage one breast cancer.
treatment, her mother went into remission, but a decade later,
the cancer returned.
was terminally ill, and within four months, she lost her battle,”
was the scariest experience anyone could endure.
then, I’ve had yearly mammograms and several years ago, I found
out I had the BRCA gene, which carries a high risk of me developing
considered my options and decided to have a preventive double
did not pain me, because I did something that could potentially
save my life, and ensure I’ll be around for my husband and children.
I don’t feel any less of a woman,” she said, urging women of all
ages to go for regular checks and talk to their doctors.
Everyone holding hands while singing 'You Are Not Alone'l.
president Maggie Territt, herself a cancer survivor, later raised
a toast to living life to the fullest.
reinforced the importance of early detection for those with a
family history of breast cancer or at high risk of developing
event, now in its fifth edition, also featured a James Bond and
Shirley Bassey impersonation skit.
reigned as the guests joined hands and sang to Michael Jackson’s
‘You Are Not Alone’.
Friendship : Guests helping themselves to the breakfast buffet..
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