Seven Cancer Survivors Hit The Catwalk

Last update: 19/11/2014

By Suziela Che Mat

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- Seven women cancer survivors took to the catwalk along with other female models to showcase the latest Muslim fashion at the Islamic Fashion Festival (IFF) here Tuesday.


They walked the runway at the fashion show, titled 'Giving hope, Touching hearts', as an experimental form of therapy to uplift the spirit and morale of women affected by breast cancer.


The three-hour event, held at a hotel here, was officiated by the Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim.


Creative pieces of designers from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia such as Salikin Sidek, MSJ Munsya, Jarumas, Fatimah Mohsin, Jenny Tjahyawati and Calvin Thoo, also took centre stage.


The event named 'Giving Hope, Touching Hearts', was organised by Pink Unity, a focus group for women cancer survivors, under the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM), in collaboration with the Islamic Fashion Festival.



ELEGANCE AND MODESTY



IFF Malaysia, the brainchild of Datuk Seri Raja Rezza Shah, is a platform to showcase clothes for Muslim women that blend elegance and modesty, both in Malaysia and at the international fashion arena.


Pink Unity president Salmah Stewart, who is a cancer survivor, said that being involved in events like this gives the cancer survivors hope and opportunity to be part of the community.


The NGO is run solely by women cancer survivors as a support group for all types of cancer and has as its concept 'By Survivors, for Survivors'.


"We hope to drive home the message that despite facing challenges, cancer survivors can still look and feel good," said Salmah.


Salmah said the fashion show is not just about glamour and style, but more importantly, it is to lend a ray to unite women cancer survivors in their fight against cancer.



FORM OF THERAPY



"Believe me, cancer survivors experience more than usual gloomy days in life. So, turning to fashion is one form of therapy. They tend to put on extra special clothes to give a boost and add colours to their life," she said in her opening speech at IFF Malaysia 2014.


Salmah said the organisation hopes to achieve its objective through a series of P.I.N.K initiatives that include peer support, inner strength, networking and knowledge empowerment.


"Developing survivors' inner strength is an integral part of the healing process such as yoga, grooming and beauty sessions. These have been known to have positive psychological effects on the survivor," she said.


She said that the funds raised from the event will be channelled to the body's inner strength initiatives. At the event, Pink Unity received a mock check of RM50,000 from PhytoScience Sdn Bhd.


--BERNAMA