The Passionately Pink Party

Charitable clubbing comes to Dubai as <em>Time Out</em> finds out the stories behind the Passionately Pink club nights that are about to hit our shores.

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Feel like doing something productive with your night out for once? Then try The Passionately Pink Party, which aims to raise awareness of cancer. Organiser Jennifer Syddall tells us more.

Why have you set up The Passionately Pink Party?
My nana, Lily, died of cancer recently. She really was my best friend and the wisest and funniest person I knew of her time. I miss her so much. I decided to channel this emotional energy into something beneficial, so I decided to raise money for the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Programme at BurJuman. Also, I want to help people find out where they can get help and support.

No offence, but isn’t this a bit grim for a night out?
As the subject of cancer is quite sensitive, the issue will be carefully addressed throughout the evening. The party is going to be ‘fun, fun, fun’ with pink themes, flowers, visuals and great ‘gifts in kind’ for people attending. I’ll be making the evening as interesting and informative as possible, while keeping a great clubbing atmosphere with lots of pink bubbly and funky uplifting house.

So who are the DJs?
We’ll have Pillow Talk and Gregstar, from Chi@The Lodge, creating a playful vibe in the early evening, with Brian Scudder and Gareth Lloyd taking over afterwards. Then we will welcome the wonderful Richard Round. Richard’s father suffered from pancreatic cancer last year and his passion for the cause has been overwhelming and warming, just like the funky set of tunes that he will be playing. After him, The Hot 100’s award-winning DJ Charl Chaka will play passionate beats and basslines, and Audio Tonic’s Mr Mr and Vas Floyd will take us to the finish.

So it’ll be a big party; will there be anything else happening?
Yeah – the Pink Party Prize Draw. Sponsors from different areas and companies have shown how kind and supportive Dubai can be. Raffles Hotel Dubai has given away an amazing weekend stay in its Landmark Suite including breakfast and a dinner for two in the Noble House. And if people don’t fancy that we are giving away 10 Samsung phones.

Sounds like you’ve got a lot of people helping out. Has anyone else lent a hand?
Initially I was on my own, a one-woman band, but the more people I talked to, the more people offered to help. Alex Bracken, the owner of New Dawn entertainment, gave us the venue and all that comes with it, and Tammy Tinawi of Prestige Clubbing has lent her support whenever I have needed it. And we were offered prizes and gifts from a number of companies: extensive and expensive spa treatments from Spa in Wafi; beauty packs from Elemis; makeovers from Bareface Model agency, treatments from The Grooming Company, and sea trips from Al Boom Marine.

What’s the decor like?
Although it’ll be awash with pink, I don’t want it to put off the boys. The sponsors – Dove, Vaseline and Fair and Lovely – will be creating visuals and decor to take your breath away, and Flowers By Contempo are supporting the evening by providing lilies, in memory of my nana Lily.

So what’s the dress code?
Pink, although you don’t have to go crazy if you don’t want to. I know that dressing up is not everyone’s cup of tea, so please just come and be comfortable. However, some people will be in crazy outfits!

If our readers can’t make it on the night, can they still help out?
Just go to www.safeandsound.ae!

Passionately Pink Party takes place at Alpha on July 5.

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