In the pink at 5

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The International School Luxembourg was ablaze in pink on Friday when 170 women participated in a fun charity event to mark the fifth anniversary of ThinkPinkLux.

The women’s health awareness and fundraising group to support women with cancer emerged out of a one-off get-together among friends at the International School Luxembourg (ISL) back in 2009.

Five years on and it has clearly gained momentum, attracting a sell out crowd of pink-clad participants.

The evening started with a pink welcome drink and continued with Cantabile, a women’s choral group, some lively entertainment from surprise guest Belynda Featherstone, who got the crowd belly dancing, and DJ Dominique Koch.

Dr Marc Diederich from the Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du Cancer (LBMCC) was in attendance to receive a cheque for 21,000 Euro for the Marian Aldred award for the third year running. ThinkPinkLux initiated this award in memory of Marian Aldred, an original committee member who lost her life to cancer in 2011.

In addition to ticket sales, the evening raised funds through a silent auction, a bazaar, a quiz, a stationary bike challenge and direct donations.

“We had some tremendous sponsors including Painworld fitness, The Space Pilates, Diversity scarves, local artist Ben Carter, Hotel Le Richemond Geneva, Hotel Eden au Lac Echternach, restaurants Feuille de Banane, Royal Bengal and Namaste, Cargolux, Chapter 1 and Little Britain, Yaoke Spa, By Jeremy Hair, Knoppes, Bertrand Atelier, Bernard Massard, Secondhand4sale, Kathy's cup cakes and many more local and international donors,” organiser Carrie Cannon said, adding: “We could not have staged the event without the very generous support of the International School Luxembourg who provide the venue and logistical support. Throughout the evening an army of teachers and students past and present were instrumental in setting up and running the bar and food service and cleaning up afterwards.”

While the total amount raised had not been tallied up at the time of publishing, organisers are confident they made a profit which will be used to continue ThinkPinkLux projects including the Marian Aldred award and start a volunteer training programme to support women going through treatment for cancer.

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