October will always be a special month for me. Its a bitter sweet feeling one of immense, love, pain and optimism.
This year I supported the Pink Caravan UAE team by volunteering at their breast screening tent during their first Pink Ladies Games.
I hope to ease the pain of losing Mum by working to prevent the disease through early detection.
I also decided to enrol on the Future Learn course ''Talk About Cancer.''
Sadly, it is still very difficult to talk openly about cancer in the Pakistani community and the effects and grief left behind on family members and carers once a loved one has passed.
I would like to overcome this obstacle by initiating a dialogue and encouraging the Pakistani communities in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates to talk about cancer openly and compassionately.
This October I supported Anti Poverty week with the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and tweeted about the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
I was delighted to be interviewed for Anti-Poverty Week by marketing strategist and humanitarian Anna Sadeghpour for her blog Anahata Dubai's Community Service Blog. You can the complete interview by clicking here.
Lamya Tawfik Agent for Change
Anand and Neelam Kacchia Agents for Change
Many thanks to all my friends agreed to share their photographs for Anti Poverty Week and Fairtrade Breaks Poverty. To read and view my Fairtrade Breaks Poverty blog please click here.
This month I decided to volunteer with Pink Caravan UAE team.
I encouraged ladies participating at the first Pink Ladies Games to visit the breast screening tent. It was wonderful to meet so many ladies who were passionate about supporting breast cancer.
To view more photographs of my day please click the link here.
Ms Le Thant Thuy and Dr Mike Thair of Indochine Natural
I was excited to finally meet with fairtrade organic pioneer and research scientist Dr Mike Thair and Marketing Head Ms Le Thant Thuy at their head office Penang, Malaysia.
Ms Le Thant Thuy, me and Dr Mike Thair
Indochine Natural No Fragrance and Honey Soaps for sensitive skin like mine.
Dish wash paste made from recycled cooking oil collected from Halal restaurants in Penang.
Dish wash paste produced by recycled cooking oil from Halal restaurants in Penang
Lovely Indochine Natural organic fairtrade soaps
The Stepping Stone Centre Penang Malaysia
Many thanks to Hasra Othman (Manager), Shogu artist in residence from Osaka Japan and the other volunteers who took valuable time out of their schedules to show us the centre and its facilities.
Hasra Othman and me!
Shogu artist in residence from Osaka Japan
Most of all I would like to thank all the wonderful members for welcoming us and making us feel apart of their family.
The amazingly talented artists at the Stepping Stone Centre
I feel overwhelmed with emotion and love after meeting all the talented members.
At the end of the month I was humbled to be nominated by the Super Sisters of Dubai for an Environmental Award.
Awaiting award certificate to be added here.
Please watch my video acceptance speech here.
Many thanks to the Super Sisters for honouring me with this award and I look forward to working with them in the future.
Thank you for reading and keep supporting fairtrade and ethical producers.
Further Reading and Links
Super Sisters Dubai
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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.
This month I continued my Six Items Challenge 2017 with Labour Behind The Label.
Received an edited version of my interview with my Creative Director Mrs Helen Barlow Scott of The One Line Ethical Design Studio.
Attended two events at the Emirates Airline Literature Festival.
Met Jo Malone and presented her with fairtrade chocolate and a fairtrade breast cancer bag produced by ladies at Friends Handicraft Nepal.
Attended the BE BOLD FOR CHANGE event at the Dubai Lit Fest.
Conducted an impromptu photoshoot for Odylique and the Six items Challenge.
Continued mentoring my World Pulse Change Maker in Poland.
Enrolled on the WFTO Asia's Course - Introduction to Gender
Last year I had a couple of lovely online conversations with Abi Weeds Managing Director and Emma Hopewell of Odylique - Essential (Organics) Ltd.
I was particularly interested to support Odylique as it is a leading brand of cosmetics based in the United Kingdom that pride them selves on promoting their organic, vegan, fairtrade, cruelty free ethos and specialise in treating problematic sensitive, reactive and allergy prone skin.
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