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    Mark your calendar  for an evening of art, food and fashion, all  for a good cause

    When artist Shadi Ganz was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time three years ago, she was impelled to reach out to other women. “I was one of the lucky ones,” shares Ganz. “There are millions of women in rural India who do not have access to screening to make such detection possible.” So began the Mammomobile Charitable Trust, which aims to take life-saving mammography equipment to the villages of South India on health-educational buses. On Saturday, September 20, the charity holds its first large fundraising event, a grand gala at the Bengaluru Marriott Hotel in Whitefield.

    Reaching out
    “Almost 1,50,000 breast cancer patients are diagnosed every year, and mortality rates are more than 50 percent due to lack of early screening,” explains Ganz. “In rural India, women are given very little voice,” adds Beate Renninger, a German expat who was inspired by the charity and joined Ganz a year ago. “When they finally reach the hospital, it is usually too late.”
    Star-studded

    Hosted by fashion guru Prasad Bidapa, the evening will include a fashion show, a short play by the Renegade Arts & Theatre Society, and the sale of work by artists including MF Hussain, FN Souza, Ram Kumar and Seema Kholi. Special guests include model Milind Soman, fashion designer Bibi Russell, Mrs Charity UK World 2014 Sandhya Oza, and president of the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, Dr Shanta. “Art and fashion are ideal themes to touch the heart and minds of other women,” concludes Renninger.

    So book your tickets, be part of a great cause while you also tuck into a sumptuous buffet which will include sushi, continental fare and an elaborate Indian spread. Alcohol is also included in the ticket price.

    Tickets (Rs. 3,000 upwards) on  bookmyshow.com.  Details: mammomobile.org

    —Maegan Dobson Sippy

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