Here is a recipe for a successful event in aid of charity and the deliciously, beautiful outcome when women support each other for the greater good.
To start off identify 2 worthy causes
The Pink Dress Campaign is a campaign close to my heart. In 2016 we recieved a message via a sister called Laila Cajee about a little girl in Gaza who wanted a pink dress for Eid. This resulted in a fundraising campaign with Cii Projects that led to a viral campaign and enabled us to clothe children in Gaza (through SAWAED), Syria (through the assistance of Syria Relief UK) and we provided clothing to children locally. The campaign is in its 3 year.
The second beneficiary was the Baitul Halima Orphanage in Ennerdale. The Baitul Haleema Orphanage will become a one of its kind orphanage in South Africa.
It is based on the model of Tiny Hearts Village built by the IHH on the border of Turkey and Syria.
The orphanage will cater for 104 orphans
1 house mother
8-10 orphans in one Villa
And study area.
A South African National Women’s Forum initiative was to fund a villa for the orphans.
Back to the recipe:
Add 1 remarkable Dr Faheema Ismail Ravat who was the Ameera of the project.
Add another Dr Fatima Bhaba, a cancer survivor, a brilliant Dr, and all round wonder woman.
A integral ingredient was the SANMWF, guided by the pillars chairperson Hawa Patel and Shamshaad Sayed
Another key to our successful recipe was the fantastic Yasmin Akoo and her team from the Image Lifestyle Centre in Fordsburg.
Stir this together
Now add a viral social media campaign (#atouchofpink)
A dash of Sumie Akoojee
The outpouring of generosity from vendors and small businesses towards the decor, food and auction
An excellent line up including hijab stylists and make up artists, Nina Hesties as comedy relief
Bake this project for 3 weeks until 650 tickets are sold.
And enjoy an event so successful and frosted in a hundred shades of pink, where every single cent was donated to a good cause.
A special thank you to every single person who made this event a success