Voice of The Capes annual Pink Hijab Day kicked off at Masjid al-Quds in Gatesville this Tuesday, 30 October 2018. This years theme: Cancer does not discriminate, brought women of all walks of life together to support the fight against cancer.
The key event on the VOC calendar came after great preparation from the VOC team, who were met with smiling and appreciative faces throughout the day.
The masjid was adorned in pink décor and featured a cake and accessories sale, photo booth and -for the first time- free breast screening. Guests stood anxiously in line awaiting screening, which was facilitated by Melomed.
In collaboration with Imam Abdurrahman Alexander and the Housewives Women’s Forum, the masjid saw young and old coming together to listen intently to inspirational stories by various speakers.
Beautiful Nasheed recitals by Aswaatul Islam had the audience in awe.
Speakers included Haafitha Maghmoeda Taliep, Adiela Dollie of Tuesday Housewives Forum, Dr Fatima Hendricks and Dr Nafisa Khan, among others.
Winner of the Pinka-licious competition, Mymoena Fortune and her mother, won with pink naan and butter chicken, as well as milktart with boeber.
One of the event Co-odinators, Wiedaad Petersen, said the amount of time, effort and love put into everything that was brought was truly overwhelming. She added that some listeners didn’t even say anything but donated items to be sold.
“We have our listeners backing us up all the way,’’ said Petersen.
Petersen, along with the rest of the VOC team, were inspired by the honesty of the women and how willing they were to share their stories. She said the guests made the event worthwhile.
“On the day, there is so much things to sell and it is a beautiful experience to getting to know our listeners, meeting them seeing who we are actually speaking to -they made our day,’’ said Petersen.
Although a few hi-cups occurred, such as there being too few beds to accommodate the mass of people, everything was eventually sorted out and the event flowed smoothly. Petersen went on to describe how rewarding it is knowing that the work the station does benefits its listeners.
“When you feel your world is chaotic and you’ve got so many things to do, the smile that people give you (on the day), the positive words, and knowing the work we do here has some good effect on someone’s life- is such a rewarding feeling,’’ said Petersen.
The event hosted just under 1000 guests with many having thanked VOC for raising awareness about the diagnosis which does nlot only affect the patient but his her family and relatives as well.