As part of its Breast Cancer Awareness advocacy, Marhaba has listed down events, promotions and programmes this October to enjoin everyone to promote early detection.

October is marked as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Pink October) around the globe. In Qatar, organisations observing the campaign follow the lead set by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) through its National Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening programme, Screen For Life

According to HMC, awareness is a very effective tool that greatly increases a breast cancer patient’s chances of survival. By providing the public with the knowledge they need through information about the disease, including prevention and early detection, hopefully, more lives can be saved.

PINK RIBBONS

Using ribbons as tokens of remembrance can be traced back to the 19th century when American women wore ‘yellow ribbons’ to remember loved ones serving in the military. In 1992, American writer Alexandra Penne and breast cancer survivor Evelyn Lauder (also the senior corporate vice president of Estée Lauder) teamed up to create a ‘pink ribbon’.

It was said that the Estée Lauder Company went directly to their makeup counters with 1.5 million ribbons and along with pink ribbons, every woman who came to these counters were given a self-exam card for breast cancer. This campaign brought for the company over 200,000 pink ribbon petitions aimed at the US government, asking for increased funding for breast cancer research.

Breast cancer awareness marhabaThe pink ribbon, the colour chosen to symbolise health, has since then become synonymous with breast cancer awareness. The global awareness that was raised through the pink ribbon initiative of the Estée Lauder Company helped early detection for breast cancer, and made women become more aware of the importance of doing regular breast self-examinations. It also helped raise funds directed towards finding a cure.

LOCAL AWARENESS DRIVE

phcc pink octoberScreen For Life usually conducts free screening for women 45 to 69 years old as part of their Breast Cancer Awareness programme. Screening is also recommended at least every three years for women within this age group even without symptoms.

Please note that the free screening service at Screen For Life is currently not available, following the precautions undertaken to curb the spread of COVID 19. However, for updates and more information about the programme, you can call 800 1112 and visit their website at screenforlife.qa

Blossom The month of October sees Careem announcing a partnership with the Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) to launch a ‘Pinkoctober’ initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer. The “Blossom ” campaign that QCS launched to raise awareness about this type of cancer.

This partnership allows Careem users to donate QAR1 with
every ride by booking the “Go Pink” car type on the app. Customers can also support the cause by donating their reward points toward patients’ medical expenses.

HOTEL AND RESTAURANT PROMOTIONS

Private businesses, including hotels and restaurants in Qatar, are also regular participants to the annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Pink-themed offers can be found everywhere during the whole month of October. Marhaba has listed down some of these promotions below.

pink octoberAl Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Glass House Pink High Tea available until 11 October!

Wear Pink and indulge in Pink delights this October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Every woman is unique and precious to those whose lives she touches. Support the Pink Month and help increase awareness and the importance of early detection in saving lives.

Also available every Monday 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Price: QAR150 great for sharing for two person

For reservations, call 4445 5555 |  4445 5535  or email [email protected]

Website: www.alaziziyahboutique.com/dining/glass-house

Atteatude Pink_alwadiAlwadi Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection

Pause de l’après-midi – Pink Afternoon Tea Experience the tradition of a sumptuous Afternoon Tea at AtTeatude, with a pink twist during October to raise awareness.

When: Daily, from 3 pm to 6 pm
Where: AtTeatude
Price: QAR175 for 2 persons inclusive of refreshing beverages.

Pink Cake A special pink cake has been created in collaboration with Ms. Muna Al Sulaiti, with proceeds going to the Qatar Cancer Society. To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Alwadi Hotel MGallery guests will be able to order a beautifully crafted cake designed in collaboration with noted Qatari designer Ms. Muna Saad Al Sulaiti.

The Pink Cake will be available to order from the hotel’s renowned ATEAtude tea lounge.

When: Daily, from 8 am to 11 pm
Where: AtTeatude

Contact details for more information: +974 4009 9999 or WhatsApp +974 3075 8211

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha To show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All ladies will receive complimentary Pink Cupcakes during the whole month of October at Centara West Bay’s outlets!

When: from 1 – 30 October 2021
Where: Thai Kitchen Restaurant & Bar, open daily from 6:30 am – 11:30 pm
For booking a table call 4009 5530
Where: Dalchini Restaurant & Bar, open daily from noon – 11:30 pm
For booking a table call 4009 5520
Where: The Mezze House, open daily from 4 pm – 11:30 pm
For booking a table call 4009 5515

eforea hlton doha breast cancerHilton Doha As a token of remembrance and in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Eforea honours women by giving you a treat this whole month of October.

Avail 80 minutes of relaxing massage from Eforea and get free access to the pool, beach, steam and sauna.

For reservations, call 4423 3222

JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

jw doha pink octoberVirtual Workshop As well as hearing first hand from Breast Cancer Survivor, Chef Bugra Keles alongside a QCS health instructor, participants will be getting advice on how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

When: Tuesday,  12 October / 3 pm – 4 pm

Virtual Location: https://bit.ly/JWAwareness

Room Bookings Seven rooms will be dedicated to the cause, with Pink Ribbon decal signage adorning the windows of these seven bedrooms. Guests who check-in to these rooms will see the hotel automatically donate 30% of the bill revenue from restaurants & the spa of each guest who stay in these seven rooms.

When: Throughout the month of October 2021

Location: Fuego and Shanghai Club

Brunches QAR50 proceeds per brunch per person will be donated to Qatar Cancer Society.

When: Throughout the month of October 2021

Location: Fuego and Shanghai Club

Afternoon Tea During October guests can enjoy The Beauty and The Tea afternoon tea experience with the inclusion of one pink pastry in each tea stand.

When: Throughout the month of October 2021

Location: The Lobby Lounge

For more information, please follow @JWDoha on Instagram or call 4429 5000.

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

marriott marquis pink octoberVirtual Workshop As well as hearing first hand from a Breast Cancer survivor, Chef Stephane Buchholzer alongside a QCS health instructor, participants will be hearing advice on how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

When: Thursday, 7 October / 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Virtual Location: https://bit.ly/MMAwareness

Pink Check-in Upon check-in, hotel guests will be greeted with a specialized pink themed beverage.

When: Throughout the month of October 2021

Afternoon Tea Relax with the quintessential “Les Fruits” Afternoon Tea with a pink twist during the month of October with QAR30 proceeds per afternoon tea per person will be donated to Qatar Cancer Society.

When: Throughout the month of October 2021

Location: West End Café & Patisserie

For more information, please follow @marriottmarquisdoha on Instagram or call 4419 5510.

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha This October, Café Murano is going PINK. Join to support creating awareness for breast cancer and come try their exclusively themed high tea.

When: Daily 2 pm – 6 pm, throughout October
Where: Cafe Murano
Price: QAR 290 for two persons, including a choice of coffee or tea

For bookings, please call +974 4035 5011 or WhatsApp +974 7479 0864.

Pink Membership is exclusively for ladies. Whether you want to achieve your daily goals at their gym or simply unwind by their private beach and pool facilities, the choice is yours!
Yearly Membership Rates:
• Lifestyle QAR9,000
• Fitness QAR6,000
• Pool & Beach QAR6,000
For inquiries, call 4035 5555 or WhatsApp 7479 0864.

Just Her The Spa by Clarins is excited to introduce its October pink theme ‘ Just Her’. Enjoy a 30-minute scrub, one hour rub, scalp massage and foot reflexology in addition to a special Clarins gift. The trained therapists will assist you in receiving the best results and providing you with the best tips to invigorate your body, mind and soul.

Daily special treatments ranging from the Healthy Mudness on Sundays, Couple Retreat on Mondays, Triple Thirty on Tuesdays or Siam Wednesdays.

Call 4035 5555 for bookings and further information.

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel

#PINKtober Afternoon Tea Atrium is launching a pink-themed afternoon tea this October, donating QAR5 to the Qatar Cancer Society, per order of afternoon tea. Daily, from 3 pm to 7 pm, starting on 7 October,
QAR175 for two people.

For reservations, call 4485 3000. 

#PINKtober at Sheraton Fitness On 25 October, Sheraton Doha Fitness invites guests to join their breast awareness activities, with proceeds to be donated to the Qatar Cancer Society.

Activities:

  • 4 pm to 5 pm: Total Outdoor Body Workout with Chady in the Resort Garden / QAR70
  • 5 pm to 6 pm: Outdoor Spinning with Allam / QAR70
  • 6 pm to 8 pm: Outdoor Zumba with Rachelle, Pamela and Iman / QAR70
  • 7 pm to 8 pm: Indoor Yoga with Vishnu / QAR80

Limited spots are available. To book your place, call 4485 4600. 

Sheraton Grand Doha Goes Pink 1

Women Circle – Where Women Come Together Sheraton Grand Doha x Life Coach Anahi is launching an exclusive platform to bring together amazing women to share, discuss and witness each other’s journeys in a safe and enriching way. The launch event will take place on Sunday, 24 October.

Please note that this is an invitation-only event.

Read more here

Sheraton Grand Doha in pink The iconic Sheraton Grand Doha building will light up in pink this October to support breast cancer awareness initiatives.

pink octoberThe Torch Doha In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Torch Tea Garden is offering Pink-themed High Tea available until 12 October!

A selection of pink sweets and savoury bites accompanied with welcome drinks and choice of coffee or tea at QAR150 available from 3:30 until 6 pm!

Raise awareness, promote early detection of the illness and support those affected by breast cancer!

For reservations, call 4446 5600 | email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.thetorchdoha.com.qa/dining/torch-tea-garden

Westin QCS EventThe Westin Doha Hotel and Spa On the occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa, in collaboration with Qatar Cancer Society (QCS), hosted an awareness session for the Westin Doha team, with media figures and influencers to help spread more information about breast cancer.

This year, the awareness session was broadcast live on the hotel’s social media channels, led by QCS, featuring breast cancer survivor Marwa Adel, fitness trainer and sports figure Joelle Lahlouh and dietician Nadine Riachy.

Westin Doha hosted the session in keeping with their new healthy concept, Eat well by Westin. The concept encourages everyone to eat healthy food and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Read more here

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W Doha Hotel & Residences This Pinktober is for the girls! With the yummiest treats, all girly and sweet, enjoy the new flavours of this month’s Afternoon Tea!

When: Every day from noon – 7 pm

Price: QAR130 per person with one sip included

Call 4453 5135 or WhatsApp 7794 3975

Important Note: Rates subject to change. Please check with the hotel before you confirm your reservation.

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WAYS TO TAKE PART IN BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

1 October – Wear a pink ribbon daily in October

At the start of the month, commit to wearing pink every day during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hand out pink ribbons to everyone at home, school or the office. Encourage your employees to wear it daily as a reminder and to keep conversation opportunities open about breast health.

2 – Educate yourself

It’s always important to educate yourself before educating others. Go online and use reliable sources to learn about breast cancer in your country, region and across the world. There are always new things to learn as scientific research continues to discover new things every day.

3 – Then educate others

Use social media or any other tool of communication to remind people of BCAM and bring awareness (and support) to the cause. Sharing facts about breast cancer or cancer in general with others may save a life.

4 – Donate

Bring awareness, support and donate to breast cancer charity organisations as well as research initiatives of your choice. Charities focused on patient support and research are in critical need. In Qatar, you can support Qatar Cancer Society (QCS), National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) and Al Amal Hospital.

5 – Breast cancer awareness bulletin board 

Decorate a bulletin board in a highly-trafficked area and encourage others to use their talents for raising awareness. Keep it simple with facts or create a themed board to draw more attention.

6 – ‘Lunch and Learn’

‘Lunch and Learn’ with a breast cancer survivor! Invite a breast cancer survivor to speak at a lunch at your office, school or event. Share first-hand accounts of why prevention measures are so important.

7 – Get a mammogram

Get a mammogram if necessary and remind others of the importance of screening. Contact Screen For Life (details given above). Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.

8 – Help out someone you know who has cancer

If you know somebody who has cancer, ask how you can help – and actually help. Help them with their chores or errands or just spend the day with him or her. Or maybe drive him or her to their chemo session!

9 – Visit a local cancer hospital or centre

Visit a local cancer hospital or centre and spend time with the patients and let them know they’re remembered.

10 – Bake breast cancer-themed cookies or cupcakes

Bake cupcakes with pink frosting or ribbon-shaped cookies decorated in pink, and take them to work, school or share them with your neighbours.

11 – Get active

Check if there’s any ‘Pink’ spinning, yoga or other sport activities you can join. 10–19 hours of exercise per week can lower your risk up to 30%.

12 – Go on a walk

Organise or join a Breast Cancer walk, run or bike ride, and make sure to wear pink and pink ribbons or pins.

13 – Dedicate a day of pink

Set aside this day when everyone can show their support by wearing pink at work, school or even at home. Take a picture and share it on social media!

14 – Pink food day!

Provide a platter of pink snacks with cakes, watermelon, grapefruit, smoothies, and candies. Get creative! Take it to work, school or picnic with friends.

15 – Friend’s Night In

Calculate the cost of a night out with dinner and drinks for your team, then substitute it with a potluck and movie in. Use the money that would have been spent towards a generous donation for breast cancer research.

16 – Pink Picnic

All things pink at this picnic from the food, drinks to your clothes. It will be a reminder to those around you!

17 – Girl’s Night In

Although breast cancer also affects men, it’s more common amongst women. Have a Girls Night In where you can watch documentaries or films on breast cancer. Learn about mammograms, prevention, detection and treatment. Help educate each other about breast self-exams! Don’t forget the pink snacks!

18 – Mammography Day

Whether at the office or school, select a day where employees can learn the basics of breast cancer prevention and detection. Show instructional videos, give out pamphlets, and provide other helpful materials.

19 – Movie Night

Have a movie night with family or friends where you watch an inspiring film about fighting or battling breast cancer such as Decoding Annie Parker, Terms of Endearment, The Family Stone and many more. Don’t forget the pink snacks!

20 – Show some love

If anyone you know has been affected by this disease, don’t hesitate to shower them with extra support and appreciation through gift baskets or donations.

21 – Say A Prayer

Take a moment and pray for those battling breast cancer and other types of cancers. Prayer also brings hope and is motivated by positivity.

22 – Get creative

Dedicate this day to getting artsy with family, friends or just yourself, and start an art project focused on Pink October. Make pink ribbons and give them out!

23 – Attend webinars

Look online for a webinar on breast cancer you can join from wherever you are in the world. You can always learn more!

24 – Pink Beauty

On your salon appointment, get pink nail polish – any shade you like! Maybe pink hair too?

25 – Share your story of hope

If you are battling breast cancer or survived it, share the story of how you have been impacted by breast cancer as a celebration of strength and a message of support to those currently on their own breast cancer journey. If you know a loved one who is struggling or struggled with breast cancer, share your story too!

26 – Pink Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a ‘Pink Afternoon Tea’ at any of café or hotel that is offering special menus for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (check our listing above). Or have one at your own home with friends and family with pink macaroons, cake, cupcakes or sandwiches.

27 – Pink Bazaar or Sale

Have books, clothes, shoes or other things you’d like to put on sale? Put them on sale today – preferably on social media, and donate the money you make to a breast cancer or cancer charity organisation of your choice.

28 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month Word Search

Play a BCAM-themed word search game. You can find many online!

29 – Pink T-Shirts

All you need is a white T-Shirt, pink paint and your hands. Place your hands on the pink paint and place your hands onto to the white T-Shirt to leave pink hand prints on your t-shirt. Let it dry out and wear it on your casual outing for the day.

30 – Your Day

Today is the day for a breast cancer survivor or patient to sit back and relax. Yes, today is your day! Pamper yourself or allow a loved one to pamper you. Take care of yourself or allow someone else to care for you.

31 – Reflect

Reflect on Breast Cancer Awareness Month and what you’ve learned throughout the month and try to accomplish something today you haven’t accomplished in the month. Most importantly, donate to a breast cancer cause if you haven’t already.


Sources: Wikipedia, Maurer Foundation

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