The Eat Drink Pink 2016 charity event raises funds for the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer
Gourmands get ready for a culinary experience like no other. Once again, a select group of the city’s top restaurants and bars gather for the Eat Drink Pink charity event, with funds raised going towards the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer (QSCBC) and the Pink Park Village. For the third year in a row this fundraiser will be held at The Peninsula Bangkok, as part of the ‘Peninsula in Pink’ campaign. Guests will have the opportunity to sample signature drinks and dishes from some of Bangkok’s elite chefs and bartenders, while raising funds to contribute in the fight against breast cancer.
Participating institutions at this year’s event include Gaggan, Eat Me, David Thomson’s Nahm, Sensi, Le Du, Bo.lan, Smokin’ Pug, The Never Ending Summer, and Blue Elephant. In addition, there will also be an interactive pink-themed art installation by Chinese artist and fashion photographer Chen Man. Eat Pink Drink 2016 will take place on Monday, October 31st, and tickets are priced at B3,000 per person—all of which will be donated to the QSCBC (last year’s fundraiser reached more than B500,000). To secure your place at this exceptional epicurean event contact The Peninsula Bangkok at 02 020 2888, or email [email protected]. For more information, visit www.peninsula.com/pink
About the Pink Park Village
Under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer at Chulalongkorn Hospital is the region’s leading medical centre with respect to breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and research. It uses state-of-the-art equipment, and was also the first centre in the world to offer 3D mammography.
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Thailand, which is why Dr. Kris Chatamra founded the non-profit organisation QSCBC Foundation in 2007. However, statistics have shown that more than half of the patients in Thailand don’t have access to adequate care, revealing urgent need for a convalescence home and hospice centre for those deprived of financial means and family support. This led to the launch—in 2014—of the Pink Park Village, Thailand’s first non-profit holistic cancer care centre for the underprivileged.
“OUR VISION FOR PINK PARK VILLAGE IS TO BE A PLACE OF HOPE AND CARE, AND A GENUINE SANCTUARY FOR ALL WOMEN IN NEED.”
— Dr. Kris Chatamra
The idea was inspired during a project in which a team doctors and nurses from the QSCBC visited the poorest slums of Bangkok and selected patients for full screenings and examinations in the treatment centre. “What got me going most,” Dr. Chatamra recalls, “was when I saw a middle-aged patient in the slum lying on the floor, under her a piece of cardboard, and beside her a tin with half-dried fried rice and a plastic container with water. We could not walk away, and that’s when we got home and said we have to do something!”
The Pink Park Village will be located just outside Minburi, on the outskirts of Bangkok, and the landscaping for the 125-rai piece of land—which was donated to the foundation by a patient—has already been completed. The goal is to make the entire complex as self-sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible, and that includes the use of solar energy and eco-friendly garbage disposal. A scale model of the project in the QSCBC building shows that the land will be divided into three areas. The middle section will consist of several low-rise buildings, without any stairs, which will each house eight cancer patients. The areas to the left and right of this main section will be kept as close to natural surroundings as possible, and include a man-made lake and an organic garden for future use.
The word Dr. Chatamra stresses the most when describing his vision is ‘dignity’. “We will look after these women as if they were our relatives and give them the dignity they deserve,” he says. In addition to housing, the village will also provide a day-care and activity centre for the patients, offering moral support and meaningful activities, as well as a learning and training centre for the medical staff, patients, and their families. All this is being done with the ultimate aim of establishing Pink Park Village as an advanced diagnostic leader that will serve as a benchmark for the region.