Hayatt, a part of Ruqayah Abdulwahab Alqatami Breast Cancer Foundation, in collaboration with The Grey Gallery organized their 4th Annual bazaar at the Sheraton Hotel to raise money for patients suffering from breast cancer. During the two-day exhibition, 27 and 28 January, visitors experienced the joy of shopping and supporting a good cause - enabling expatriate breast cancer patients to afford medication and treatment. Another part of Hayatt’s campaign is to improve breast cancer awareness and spread the importance of early detection.
The exhibition featured many prominent brands showcasing products interesting to the tastes of Kuwaiti residents. Booths displayed an assortment of colorfully vibrant clothing and accessories, beautiful furs, and household cutlery. In the sea of fancy fashion and shiny ornaments, other miscellaneous items sold included beauty products, sweets and shoes .
Finance Director at the Ruqayah Abdulwahab Alqatami Breast Cancer Foundation, Mona Alghanim, spoke to The Times Kuwait in an exclusive interview, saying, “I am extremely grateful to everyone who attended and would like to extend my gratitude to all who have contributed to our noble cause. The exhibition supports the Hyatt foundation which sponsors the treatments of several expatriate breast cancer patients living in Kuwait.”
Crediting her mother for inspiring her to oversee this cause, she elaborated, “My nephew had a brain tumor and he had to go to Los Angeles for treatment, which took one year, but he did not survive. My mother was motivated from the experience, realizing that there were people who couldn’t afford the expensive cancer treatments, to start the organization. In the beginning, she started small by helping a few people with their medical expenses, but then we grew into a large organization and became official.”
On how the experience working with the organization has changed her life, she reveals candidly, “I am more aware of what is happening around me, more empathetic and I want do more for those less fortunate.” She hopes that the organization will continue to do more for breast cancer patients and survivors.