After a brave four year struggle with metastatic breast cancer my beloved mother Meshar Mumtaz Bano passed away this month.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I was blessed to be with her during her final hours.
Words fail me as I cannot praise the Macmillan nurses, oncologists and staff at The Christie, Manchester, St Bartholomew's (Barts), The Royal London and Whipps Cross Hospitals enough who diligently cared for Mum during her most difficult days and treated her with the utmost dignity and respect.
Despite all the treatments and endless hospital appointments Mum never once complained about her illness.
Mum was a pioneer in her own right and understood the importance of supporting fairtrade and disadvantaged producers. She religiously purchased fairtrade flowers, sugar, bananas and chocolates.
She was very excited to see my progress and view all the new fairtrade products I had recently sourced.
I can only hope that she would have been happy to know that I will continue to campaign for Fair Trade in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates and educate more of her peers in the United Kingdom.
As I end this message I would like to take this opportunity to say that I would whole heartedly encourage all my friends and family to support a cancer organisation or volunteer their time to visit a cancer patient.
Please do not be afraid to ask a cancer patient and their carers what assistance they require as often is the case they will feel embarrassed, proud or an inconvenience to ask.
Please do consider small acts of kindness for example driving a patient to their appointment, making a favourite meal or fulfilling a wish or an ambition of their choice. These priceless gestures will make the world of difference to their recovery.
You will be rewarded tenfold.
I have attached my April 2016 Video Blog for you to view below.
With much love and respect to other cancer patients and their families.
Meshar Mumtaz Bano at Edinburgh Castle May 2014
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This years World Fair Trade Organization campaign was 'Agent For Change', Human Chains for Fair Trade and the Planet.
I am very grateful to the beautiful ladies at the Dubai Business Women Council who very kindly modelled the Agent for Change posters for me.
I also managed to go to Jumeirah beach and conduct an impromptu beach photo shoot near the iconic Burj Al Arab.
Best wishes to all fairtrade producers, artists, supporters, volunteers and friends around the world for being the voice and change for social, environmental and trade justice.
RESPECT, STAY STRONG, PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
This month I completed the WFTO Asia - Introduction to Gender course and my Six Items Challenge 2017.
Attended The Muslim Lifestyle Show said hello to the Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers and purchased fairtrade dates from the Zaytoun stand.
Travelled to Manchester, UK to pay respects to my parents. A year has passed since my beautiful mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer.
Enjoyed a vegetarian lunch and interviewed Dr Sara Parker who has designed two fairtrade puppet sets with fairtrade producers in Nepal.
Celebrated Fashion Revolution Week.
Continued to mentor and support my World Pulse Change Maker Joanna in Poland.
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