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Ellington Properties set to host community event to raise awareness of breast cancer

Leading developer invites speakers to empower and educate the communities of Belgravia and Belgravia II

Ellington Properties, Dubai’s leading design-led property developer, is set to host an event at its Belgravia and Belgravia II developments in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) on October 25, 2019 to help raise awareness surrounding breast cancer.

Running from 4:30pm onwards, speakers will include Dr. Sharon Mendoza, a faculty member at Skyline University College and recipient of the Nobel Hero Award in the UAE in 2018 for her services to the community through her cancer and environmental advocacy. The second speaker is Ghadeer Kunna, a policy and strategy adviser who survived stage three breast cancer and offers her message to other women to help give up the stigma.

Paula Wehbeh, Head of International Business Development at Ellington Properties, said: “As a home-grown, Dubai-based developer with a focus on the customer, we also invest in enhancing their well-being. This important event is not only aligned with global campaigns in the fight against breast cancer, it also underlines our commitment to our communities, helping residents in raising awareness and understanding what steps they can take in terms of health checks.”

Dr. Sharon Mendoza said: “It’s important that awareness starts at a community level and that we help to break down the stigma around breast cancer to encourage women to take the appropriate precautions and support other women to do the same. I’m delighted to be participating at Ellington Properties event this year, it’s encouraging to see a socially responsible developer taking care of the well-being of its residents in this way.”

Ghadeer Kunna, speaking at the event, added: “We need to collectively take responsibility for raising awareness as well as levels of understanding around breast cancer and the precautions women can take in terms of screening. Companies such as Ellington Properties are doing a great job of giving something back to the communities in which they operate, something which really helps drive levels of awareness around this important cause.”

This latest Ellington Properties community event is part of the global awareness campaign ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ running during October and led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Breast Cancer Awareness Month features a broad range of initiatives including community activations, videos, tweets and infographics focusing on the global burden of breast cancer. In 2018, there were an estimated 2.1 million new cases of breast cancer and 627,000 deaths from breast cancer worldwide.