This winter has been brutal on refugees. Mina and Ali are collecting winter coats, blankets, hats, gloves and scarves to be delivered to the Gaza Refugee Camp in Jerash, Jordan.
A few nights ago, in NYC it was so cold that my heart rate had gone up significantly and I honestly thought I was going to collapse (I was saying the Shahada … Muslims know what I’m talking about)… I was afraid because it was late and that nobody would come to help me. It felt like my heart was failing me, I couldn’t breathe. Then I went back to my comfortable hotel with a heater and looked it up, I was scared I thought I had heart problems. I learned that this happens in severely cold temperatures. Then I thought about refugees, and the poor that have to manage a life with this. On that night, the Mayor of NY had ordered all the homeless be taken to shelters even if it was by force. We have refugees that aren’t even invited in or accepted in societies, leave alone forced into safety and shelter. So we’re doing a coat/jacket and blanket drive…. We already have 500 jackets donated by a good, good person and we have a shipping company sponsoring the shipping costs … So, if you have the opportunity and the ability, please please please jump in and help somebody’s heart beat normal.
Want to get involved? Call 050 927 3621 for details.
In December, 2015 we returned to Jordan to perform and lead circus arts workshops for the children residing in the Gaza Refugee Camp in Jerash. Truly an incredible weekend of laughter and play! We can’t wait to return in the new year.
On October 2, 2014 we had the great privilege of organizing a fun filled show, dance party and Eid celebration for the wonderful kids, and staff, of SENSES Center for children with special needs.
We would like to thank our lovely volunteers and guest musicians – Fabian Martin, Nikhil Raj Uzgare and James Casaki. Lastly, a shout out to our friends at Barakat for their added love, sponsorship and continued support.
As part of FUNNY GIRLS GO PINK! we were very happy to launch our “Healthy Boobies Campaign” where guests who attended the comedy show took pledges to give themselves regular self exams as well as encourage their friends and Moms to do so. Every small step brings us closer to early detection and awareness. We would like to send a HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers, the attendees and the performers- Mai Assaf, Ellen Harewood, Simone Heng and Mina Liccione! We successfully raised awareness, spirits and funds. Now let’s continue to keep those boobies healthy!
The next event we are involved with is FUNNY GIRLS GO PINK in alignment with Breast Care Awareness Month! A special thanks to Loc8 for sponsoring our banner and Unicare for breast exam vouchers! We hope you can attend and help us spread the word.
Funny Girls go Pink!
Funny Girls, the Region’s first and only all-female stand-up comedy show, is back for a third season. They are kicking it off with a bang connecting strong female comedy with an important cause, Breast Care Awareness! The event will take place on Monday, October 29 at 8:00pm as part of Dubomedy’s Monday Night Funnies Series at Blends, The Address Dubai Marina. Attendees will receive vouchers for free breast exams courtesy of Unicare as well as fun photo booths, info packs provided by Breast Care Arabia and of course, a ton of laughs! Funny Girls was created by Dubomedy Arts as a platform for female comics to break stereotypes and empower their comedic voices in a supportive environment all while inspiring other women to do the same. Please note, it is not a girls only event, men are welcome and encouraged to attend! The comedy show will be hosted by Simone Heng of Virgin Radio and feature up and coming female comedians, Ellen Gayle Harewood and Mai Assaf, both Dubomedy Arts School graduates. Headlining the night is none other than “Dubai’s first lady of Comedy” Mina Liccione. Liccione is an award winning performing artist whose been seen on Broadway, MTV, BBC, MBC, Cirque and is currently nominated for an Emirates Woman of the Year Award. Tickets cost AED 75 and admission is free for all cancer survivors. Tickets are available online at www.ticketingco.com or by calling 050 44 00 99 4.