Volunteers once again come together to support those battling breast cancer

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Novelties this year include a set of one-of-a-kind dolls and
2019 calendars starring breast cancer fighters and survivors

This ‘Pinktober’ once again sees the Pink Ribbon Crafters – a group of Dubai-based volunteers, who are either currently fighting breast cancer, are in remission, or whose lives have been otherwise touched by the disease – launch their range of beautiful ‘hand made with love, shared with hope’ products to the public through a series of community events at trade fairs, schools and offices. Supported by a growing network of volunteers to help with distribution and managing stalls, the products will be given in exchange for donations to the breast cancer cause, and the team hopes to raise more than AED150,000 to be donated directly to breast cancer charities in the UAE to ensure that women with inadequate or no health insurance can receive life saving treatment.


The ladies have been holding regular crafting gatherings all year round, to build a stock of unique gift items including crochet animals, calendars, dolls and jewellery, in their free time and at their own cost, with the common goal of supporting fellow breast cancer compatriots.

Novelties this year include Princess Petals, a set of 60 one-of-a-kind dolls, each with their own name and distinct identity as identified by their passports! They will be sold exclusively at schools for a modest donation, making them the perfect new friend to be treasured. In addition there will be a competition on social media to win a giant crochet Octopus and other unique special pieces. Anyone that engages with the social media platforms will be entered into a draw, and the items will be awarded throughout the month of October.

Also being launched this year is the ‘Calendar Girls Dubai – Sunshine, Sand and Survival’, a 2019 calendar featuring brave breast cancer fighters and survivors as models, sponsored by Mediclinic City Hospital and their new Comprehensive Cancer Centre. The calendar was created as a result of an annual pampering event organised by Susan Sutherland (Styling by Susan), who generously donates her time and expertise to pamper ladies battling breast cancer or on the long road to recovery, together with a team of volunteers. These include The Studio, Al Quoz; Cyril Morgan at Ted Morgan Salons; Deborah Whitehead at Gloss Salon and Academy; Laetitia Quintaine; Sonia Munoz at PRO-Team; Shomyza Shamrez at Beauty Monster Makeup; Ellaine Fatima from TourFour54 Makeup; Mayflower Flower Shop; Melanie-Jane Nightingale and Intercell Media Advertising. Without their kind support in providing their professional services for free, this annual event that has become so appreciated and anticipated by the ladies would not happen, and the calendar could not have been realised.

The range of products available this October includes:
• ‘Princess Petals’ dolls with passports, from Sharon Larkworthy and Rachel Jones
• Bracelets and earrings made with semi-precious stones, made by Georgeta Iarca, the founder of Bracelets Made With Soul
• Crochet teddy bears, bunnies, octopuses, cats, owl key chains and other creatures, from Hookin Good (Lina Al Sharif), Paula McClancy, and friends of PRC
• 2019 Calendars by Emma Rymer in partnership with Mediclinic City Hospital and the team listed above
• Pink ribbons, the international symbol of breast cancer, have been assembled by the team – ideal for organisations wishing to show support and encourage breast cancer awareness, particularly in the month of October.
• Bespoke scented soy candles made by Pure Candles Dubai. Kathrin continues to give her time freely to help us in our cause.
• Eco-friendly, quick drying towels by Chanmaya Towels, ideal for your gym, yoga, or beach bag. 50% of the proceeds will go directly to the cause.

This is an evolution of a grass roots campaign called ‘Candles for a Cause’ launched by fellow breast cancer survivor Elaine Callander in 2015, in collaboration with Pure Candles Dubai. Using the power of social media, Elaine was able to raise AED34,000 in 2015, and then AED91,000 in 2016 by joining forces with Hookin Good and enlisting a group of ‘Candle Fairy’ volunteers to handle the distribution. In 2017, Pink Ribbon Crafters achieved an amazing AED140,000.

Hookin Good founder and one of the original Pink Ribbon Crafters, Lina El-Sharif, said “Each volunteer in this group is unique. We come from such diverse backgrounds, ages, languages, faiths, skills, and stages of life. But what we have in common is a shared purpose where we want to make a difference in someone’s life together. We all have the same hope that we can save the life of women struggling with a disease we all knew as it either touched us or our loved ones. This community that we created kept us all focused and stronger to overcome any personal challenges as in the end, what matters is the legacy we leave for others.”

Fellow crafter Paula McClancy said “I have been involved in this initiative since 2016 and feel passionately about the cause and the great work all the PRC volunteers achieve all year, not just in October, to raise much needed financial support for women at a time when they need to focus on themselves and their recovery. The volunteers meet each month and at those meetings we not only produce great handmade gifts but we get to extend support and understanding to one another. I have made some great lifelong friends, learnt some new skills and helped others along the way, which really has been the best form of therapy for me. Come and say hi to us at one of our events, and browse our lovely creations!”

The products will be available in Dubai throughout the month of October and into November. Please keep an eye on our social media sites for regular updates

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinkribboncrafters
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinkribboncrafters/

Current Confirmed Events:

Thursday 4 October – Universal American School
Friday 5 October – RIPE @ Arabian Centre
Friday 12 October – RIPE @ Arabian Centre; Arte @ Times Square
Monday 15 October – Jebel Ali School; Deira Private School
Wednesday 17 October – GEMS Metropole
Thursday 18 October – GEMS Metropole; Dubai British School; Dr Rose Dental Clinic
Thursday 25 October – Australian International School
Friday 26 October – Arte @ Times Square; Dubai Daily Fitness
Saturday 27 October – Arte @ Wafi Mall
Sunday 28 October – Thursday 1 November – Dubai English Speaking School
Friday 9 November – Arte @ Times Square

Lina El-Sharif, Paula McClancy, Rachel Jones and Emma Rymer can be available for interviews or quotes to support stories if needed.

Please further information please contact Emma Rymer on 050 558 1265
or through rymeremma@gmail.com /
pinkribboncrafters@gmail.com

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