If previous campaigns have been successful, you should be well aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
We’ve rounded up worthy contributors that are passionate about raising both funds and awareness for a condition where early detection is key.
This UAE-wide nail salon has pledged to give 10 per cent of the proceeds of pink retail products to charity partners Pink Caravan.
In addition to putting their money where your nails are, TNS are also promoting #checkyourself campaign, helping to arrange screening through their rose-coloured partner. Flash your support on a digit with the TNS pink nail art collection, where you can prettify your nails nails for AED 15 each, again with the full amount going to the Pink Caravan.
Every yoga lover needs their towel to collapse into after a tough practice and if yours is due for an upgrade, Dubai-based yoga brand Chanmaya has created a stylish, beautifully soft, microfibre yoga towel just for the month of October. Priced at AED 100, Brest Friends will receive a donation of AED 50 from each butterfly-strewn towel.
This worthy support group has partnered with the Al Jalila Foundation, which helps fund local research, champions early breast cancer detection and organises screenings.
Half price screening
Book in for a discounted health check at HealthBay Polyclinic. The health centre in Al Wasl Road is offering 50 per cent off direct payments on mammograms and ultrasounds for breast care over October.
Diagnostic imaging tools and the latest screening techniques should ensure peace of mind, but remember to keep up self-checks at home.
Mummy en rose
Ladies, join the superwomen of the Real Mums of Dubai for a day of fun and pampering at Casa Havana salon in aid of Brest Friends.
Here you’ll find photobooths, mocktails, goodie bags and a host of delicious on-message-coloured sweet things. There will also be a kiddies area, allowing mums to indulge and mingle.
Free entry (donations warmly received). 28th October, 11am-6pm. Casa Havana Salon, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim. www.realmumsofdubai.com
Scans for all
Both men and women should take advantage of free mammograms and consultations at Zulekha Hospital, which has three locations in the UAE, including Dubai.
Since 2015 Ford Middle East and Zulekha have gifted more than 2,500 free mammograms to the UAE and once again the two are partnering up to offer free checks throughout October, recognising that early detection is vital in the fight against breast cancer.
If Zulekha Hospital is too far, head to Snowdonia Medical Centre on Al Wasl Road, where all month free breast screenings are being offered. Did you know that one death due to breast cancer is avoided for every 235 women screened? This is just one of the many reasons why you should get screened today!
UAE-wide mani/pedi specialists Tips & Toes is offering in-store educational sessions and the chance for women to undergo a private clinical examinations at certain branches on selected dates (see website for details).
Profits raised from the sale of ‘Pink Bazaar’ beauty products and beach inflatables will also go to the salon’s Adopt a Patient initiative. Book a treatment of the month during October for an even more direct way to do good and the cost will go directly to funding the chemotherapy of breast cancer patient Nahla Sherif, who we wish very well.
Branches around Dubai. www.tipsandtoes.com
“In the family”
Join Vox Cinemas on the 28th October for a free screening of In the Family, a documentary about a young woman who, like Angelina Jolie, discovers she has the ‘breast cancer gene’. She then faces heart-wrenching decisions about whether she should take irreversible preventive measures, or risk facing cancer. The documentary follows her journey of discovery, which eventually leads to an informed decision.
VOX Cinemas will be handing out free mammogram vouchers to attendees, as well as having a chat with a doctor, courtesy of Saudi German Hospital.
To watch the trailer and RSVP, visit www.locomotionuae.com. 28th October, 4pm. VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates