HAND MADE WITH LOVE, SHARED WITH HOPE
Breast Cancer fighters and survivors join forces to form Pink Ribbon Crafters
A group of nine Dubai-based volunteers, all either currently battling breast cancer or completed treatment and currently in remission, have pooled their creative and time resources to form ‘Pink Ribbon Crafters’, with the common goal of supporting fellow breast cancer compatriots. The team has come together to hand make bespoke items in their own time and at their own cost, to be given in exchange for donations to the breast cancer cause. They will be supported by a network of more than twenty volunteers, also breast cancer warriors who, for the month of October, will work collectively to distribute the range of products to schools, homes, offices, breast cancer events, market stalls and anywhere they are needed.
Proceeds from donations made will go directly to Brest Friends, in association with Al Jalila Foundation, to support women in Dubai facing the prospect of expensive breast cancer treatment with having inadequate health insurance coverage, as well as funding research into the cause of the rise and prevalence of the disease in the region, affecting women much younger than in other parts of the world.
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. Hookin Good was founded by Lina El-Sharif, also a breast cancer survivor who, together with her band of crocheters and crafters, donates time all year round to produce a range of products with 100% of all funds raised going to Brest Friends.