Chance to dine with VIPs

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Guests to the Pink Ribbon Deeds (Pride) fashion show gala dinner here on July 31 will not only help raise funds for the society’s breast-cancer awareness activities but also dine with international personalities, including the British Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair. 

International stars who have confirmed their attendance to the dinner at J.W Marriott Hotel are actor Jackie Chan, actress Datuk Michelle Yeoh, singer Shirley Bassey and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. 

To make the night more interesting for the guests, one of the celebrities or VIPs including Cabinet ministers will be seated with the guests at each of the 40 tables for sale. 

Endon (left) and Azrene addressing the media during the press conference at J.W. Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The fashion show, themed Walk With Pride, will be the highlight of the evening as the models will be breast-cancer survivors sashaying in branded outfits including Dior, Fendi and Luis Vuitton. 

Patron of Pride Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood was instrumental in securing the attendance of Blair, who is also the Breast Cancer Care UK chairperson. 

“While in London, I had broached the subject of us organising a similar show in Kuala Lumpur and invited her to the show,” said Endon at a media briefing yesterday. 

“She responded spontaneously, assuring me that she would be here. She has kept her word and, God willing, she will be here to support us on July 31.”  

Pride chairman Azrene Abdullah, YTL Corp Bhd group managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, University of Bristol Alumni Association president Datuk Nazir Razak, Yayasan Budi Penyayang (Penyayang) chief executive officer Leela Mohd Ali, Hospital Putrajaya Breast and Endocrine Surgery Department head Dr Hisham Abdullah were also present at the press conference yesterday. 

Endon said she hoped the event would boost the courage of all breast-cancer survivors and their family and friends to carry on living life to its fullest. 

“From my personal experience, I can empathise with the cancer survivors. Any help that is forthcoming will be greatly appreciated,” she added.  

Breast Cancer Welfare Association president Ranjit Kaur, who will be one of the models for the fashion show, said she had survived cancer for seven years and was proud to be a part of the show. 

“I want to tell the rest of the world that there is life after breast cancer and you can still look great even though you have lost a part of your body,” she said. 

“Anyone can get breast cancer and they should not be worried about the social stigma.”  

National Cancer Society’s Adeline Joseph, who is also one of the models, said the fashion show was a good opportunity to show to the public that breast-cancer survivors could lead a normal life.  

“Learning the catwalk had been interesting, fun and tiring. A lot of work goes into modelling which we take for granted,” she said.  

The gala dinner is co-organised by Pride, Penyayang and University of Bristol Alumni Association. The Star and TV3 are the media partners of the event. 

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