Community Gathers to Raise Awareness
For the first time in the UK designers & cancer charities from India, Pakistan and the UK came together at a ‘Think Pink Ribbon’ themed charity ball to raise funds and awareness for cancer charities and hospitals in India, Pakistan and the UK. A unique event in terms of supporting communities across multiple countries and brought together businessmen, entrepreneurs and professionals from all three communities, uniting to support the worthy cause.
Set against the elegant backdrop of Newland Manor, every element of the venue was themed pink. The Think Pink Cancer Ball commenced with a Pink Champagne Reception followed by an evening of sumptuous dining, world-class entertainment and high end South Asian fashion. The event was supported by leading luminaries from the international fashion landscape, Shyamal Bhumika from India and Umar Sayeed from Pakistan, who presented a runway show featuring their Winter ‘14 collections. Gujarat based designers Shyamal & Bhumika’s collections strongly reflects a passion for craft and heritage. The duo has an extensive portfolio of international clients as well as Bollywood artists such as Hema Malini, Sonakshi Sinha and Dia Mirza. Fashion heavyweight, Umar Sayeed, has been a leading light on Pakistan’s fashion scene for the last 25 years – a name with nationwide recognition and synonymous with ultra-chic and understated glamour.
For the first time in the UK a Fashion Against Cancer auction segment was featured with pieces donated by designers HSY, Ekta Solanki, Tarun Tahiliani, Maheen Karim, Sania Maskatiya, Rana, Omar Mansoor, Nadya Shah, Simar Duggal, Sabya Sachi, Umar Sayeed & Shyamal Bhumika.
VIPʼs, socialites and celebrities such as Zohaib Hassan supported the event as he had a personal connection to cancer awareness, as his late sister the singing pop sensation Nazia Hassan passed away to cancer, Shazia Mirza the comedian and Jeff Mirza.
Zohaib Hassan sang live on stage his latest track, “Dheeray” & generously auctioned his performance for the charities.
Speaking at the event, organiser Hajira Ahmad said, “On behalf of Think Pink By EBH team, I would like to thank all who attended The Think Pink Cancer Ball to make it such an enormous success. For the first time in the UK, South Asians and Fashion & charities were brought together on one platform to raise money and awareness for Cancer. I dedicate this ball to those we have lost and celebrate those who are fighting cancer.”
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