Ode to female bathroom attendants

A humble ode to female bathroom attendants
By Mina Liccione 

Every month we randomly pick a day then offer a ‘good deed’ assignment that is meant to take place, around the world, on that same day to help create strong positive vibrations throughout the planet. Our year long campaign is called “Catch A Smile” and it encourages everyone to perform at least one random act of kindness each month. In many cases, those who receive a kind gesture will then pay it forward thus creating a waterfall effect of joy, kindness and generosity.

For the month of January we decided to keep the ‘good deed’ open labeling it “new year, new outlook.” Its intention was to push ourselves to the next level of awareness. Once we choose to see opportunities to help those in need it is difficult to not notice them. With this is mind, I went to the mall to watch a movie. Afterwards I went to the washroom and saw the female attendant looking very down and lonely. I spoke with her briefly and upon exiting said to myself “this is who I would like to make smile this month.”

CWC co-ordinator, Ayesha, and I proceeded to push the idea forward. We created hand-made cards, sorted out gifts for each of the female attendants as well as packed chocolate bars for male attendants we spotted in the hallway outside the washrooms. We chose two malls, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Marina Mall, and went on a field trip to each washroom.

I slowly approached the first woman and said “Excuse me. We know you have a very hard job. We just wanted to say thank you and we hope you have a good day” while handing her a super soft and cuddly stuffed animal with a thank you note. Most of the women were genuinely stunned for the first three seconds then presented us with a huge smile. One woman was very excited and kept saying ‘thank you, thank you…may God bless you.” We were able to spot male attendants and they were very happy to receive sweets.

It was an extremely humbling experience for Ayesha and I. The smiles those women gave us were so genuine and beautiful….. and all we did was take a moment of our time to appreciate them. “Small gestures with great love” is the campaign’s motto. If you make a sincere offering or throw your smile, someone will catch it and hold it tight. I can only imagine what it must be like working in a bathroom, breathing that stale air all while cleaning up after people for 8 hours a day. I hope and pray that we all take a minute to acknowledge and converse with these women from now on. I certainly will.

Our next global “Catch A Smile” Day with be on Tuesday, February 25. Please join the movement and invite your family and friends to participate. Take one step closer to being the change you wish to see in this world. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/423899291049875/

Step 1 :: Making cards Step 2 :: Gathering gifts

Step 1 :: Making cards
Step 2 :: Gathering gifts

Step 3 :: Delivery time! Every womens bathroom in MOE and Marina Mall as well as the male attendants we spotted.

Step 3 :: Delivery time! Every womens bathroom in MOE and Marina Mall as well as the male attendants we spotted.

SAPNA (Dream)

We were very happy to literally stumble upon the “Sapna” project last night. It is lead by the Smart Life Foundation which is a registered NGO in the UAE. The idea of this project is that participants buy nails for AED 10 each then hammer them into the wall to help complete the lovely piece of art depicting it’s mission. All proceeds are used to help the children of laborers go to school. The wall is currently stationed on JBR near the Ritz Carlton Hotel roundabout. They will only be there tonight and tomorrow.

For more details about the project, please read the following….

We were happy to take part in this wonderful initiative!

We were happy to take part in this wonderful initiative!

For the Love of Syria

Alive Events in cooperation with UAE Red Crescent and in collaboration of ‘Breathing Numbers’ present ‘Charity Auction Dinner for the Love of Syria’ at Al Massa Ballroom, The H Hotel, Trade Center Roundabout, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 7:00pm onwards.

The recipient of this noble undertaking are the Syrian Refugees in the Syrian camps within Lebanon and Jordan borders. There are millions Syrian refugees into neighboring countries with thousands more pouring across Syrian borders. Around 50 percent of these refugees are children. Innocent Syrian families need your help!

Expect entertainment by Dubomedy’s Ali Al Sayed, Mina Liccione and Jamal Iqbal as well as DJ and live music. In addition, there will be a raffle draw and the main highlight of the event is the silent auction of paintings and art pieces from local and international renowned artists.

For ticket reservations, please call 055-9221772 or send an email to roberto@alivethecompany.com.

Thank you very much in advance and your involvement will be a vast help to the success of this project