“Hi, my name is Georgina. I am a teacher living in Kuwait. I am originally from the UK and have lived in Kuwait for just over 5 years. I am passionate about many things in life and foremost- my friends and family.
I was driving to work one morning in January of this year, listening to some music that I listened to when I was at university and I suddenly felt a buzz and happy feeling. Having recently been told that a family member had been given the ‘all clear’ after treatment for cancer, I felt the sudden urge to want to do something ‘good’ for a society and support a cancer charity.
I tried in vain over the next few months to arrange a big event in Kuwait, inviting DJ’s from the UK and Dubai to participate in a fundraising event. I had support from many wonderful people but as venues are few and far between here, it was a fruitless exercise.
That’s right, everyone, it’s that time of the year again! For those who don’t yet know, each year Operation HOPE offers a beautiful, one-of-a-kind quilt handcrafted quilt for Mother’s Day. As always, they will be holding a raffle drawing on Saturday the 27th of April at their Mother’s Day Tea (more info on this event coming soon!). As you can see, this year’s quilt is another work of art! This masterpiece, called “Do You See What I See”was lovingly created by Teresa Al Alban after over 100 hours of cutting, piecing and quilting. If you would like to enter for a chance to hang this magnificent quilt in your home, and give your support to Operation HOPE, please read on!
The team at the Green Caravan Film Festival (GCFF) is currently having a crowd-funding campaign. There are just 4 days left for the campaign, and they could really use a few people to help spread the word in order to gain more contributions. The GCFF is a free event, so they only raise funds to cover their expenses and keep the festival going. Click HERE for full campaign details, and please feel free to re-post/share this info with all your friends & loved ones!
We received this touching email, and we would like to share it with all our readers. If there is any way you can help, kindly contact them via their FB page or email. Please feel free to re-post/share the following:
“Noor Rahman, a 17-year-old Pakistani girl living with her family in Kuwait, was diagnosed in January 2012 with Leukemia. She underwent chemotherapy sessions, seemed to be getting better, but then she had a relapse in December 2012 and is now admitted to the hospital since 10 January 2013 and needs a bone marrow transplant.
None of her family members were a match for the bone marrow, and in Kuwait and Pakistan they don’t perform bone marrow transplants from non-relative donors. The only hope for Noor is to be treated abroad in Europe or USA with a bone marrow donor which is a very expensive procedure that is also painful and lengthy. The estimated cost of Noor’s treatment is around KD 50,000.
Noor’s family is asking for help. They want to spread the word so that maybe someone kind and generous would extend a helping hand and help Noor. If you can help Noor or know someone who can help Noor, please share this information. A Facebook page has also been created for this cause and you can view it HERE. If anyone is willing to help in any way, or if someone can help in finding her a sponsor, kindly contact them via FB or at HelpNoor.email@example.com.”
K-Cats will be hosting their 2nd CFA Cat Show on February 1st & 2nd– the biggest in the Middle East. This show, like the previous one, will be presided over by qualified CFA judges who will be flown to Kuwait from USA & Europe, and it will also be conducted according to CFA rules and specifications. Read full event details HERE!
The French band Sylvain Barou Trio on stage at the Kuwait National Library! A unique show in Kuwait during a Middle East tour: L’Institut Francais Du Koweit starts 2013 with the amazing trio!
As part of the 19th Qurain Cultural Festival, The Institut Francais du Koweit and The National council for Culture, Arts and Literature bring ” The Sylvain Barou Trio” from France. Sylvain Barou is considered one of the best flute players of his generation. Playing mainly celtic music, he has been also strongly influenced by sufi music, from Turkey and Iran in particular. Invited by National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters and the French Institute of Kuwait, Sylvain Barou Trio will perform a show built around an original repertoire combining celtic, jazz and oriental influences. The concert in Kuwait will be the first show of a Middle East tour which will bring the band in Oman and Bahrain. Read full event details HERE!
Voice for Success is a not-for-profit program initiated by en.v in collaboration with The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Its objective is to create greater visibility for outstanding individuals and organizations trying to make a positive contribution to Kuwaiti society. en.v has now launched the ‘Voice for Success’ Online Competition on Facebook, which gives everyone the opportunity to vote for their favorite ‘Voice for Success’ Video and Article. The three activists / organizations who receive the highest number of votes will win fabulous prizes to help promote their causes. Voting closes on Sunday, September 30th 2012 at 11:59pm, and winners will be announced on Monday, October 1st 2012. You can check out the poll HERE.
We received an email from the Hashtag Burger team in regards to a new AMAZING initiative called [Plus One]. Read more about it below & PLEASE feel free to spread the word to everyone you know. As received:
“At Hashtag we never stop innovating and always striving to give back to the community. We started by supporting and hosting small and home-based bakeries to sell their products and market them at our outlet. Some of these businesses are not keeping up with Hashtag’s demand that mashallah they’re now set on their own.
We didn’t stop there and we would like your support in spreading the word about our new initiative, which we also want you to sell to those whom you know you have a food/beverage business like ours, the [PlusOne] initiative.
In cooperation with the “Draw the Smile” Campaign lead by Ms. Bibi AlAyoub, every [PlusOne] order at Hashtag, means that One KWD will be added to your bill and with each [PlusOne] a meal (burger and drink) will be donated to the low-paid workers who are suffering under the extreme weather conditions in Kuwait. Hashtag is contributing to each [PlusOne] donation as well. You may write on note paper/sticky note your twitter handle or any comment you like. At the end of each period and depending how fast we collect [PlusOne]s we will donate them immediately the following day inshallah.
We hope we can inspire others to follow as well. Please do spread the word and have restaurant owners (especially young Kuwaitis) who want to be part of this to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.We want this to grow and spread viral all over Kuwait as an opportunity to give back.
This initiative is timeless and can be done with any organization. We’re suggesting Ms. Bibi because she does it her self and is very transparent. The [PlusOne] campaign means that Plus Another person will eat as well from the same food you’re enjoying!”
May God bless the Hashtag team, and all future participants, for all their efforts to help those less fortunate in our community. Best of luck to all!