In honour of World Sickle Cell Day 2023, My Friend Jen’s extraordinary gala event is set to captivate audiences across the United Kingdom.
The Progression of Sickle Cell Gala, to be held on Saturday 10th June, seeks to celebrate the indomitable spirit of individuals living with sickle cell disease, raise awareness about the condition, and foster a sense of unity in the fight against this hereditary blood disorder.
World Sickle Cell Day, observed annually on 19th June, serves as a global platform to bring attention to sickle cell disease, its impact on individuals and families, and the urgent need for increased support, research, and advocacy.
To celebrate this year’s theme “Power in Unity, Power in Numbers. Working together to save lives.”, the gala event promises to be a magnificent gathering of community leaders, healthcare professionals, philanthropists, and individuals affected by sickle cell disease, all rallying together to celebrate each other at this first of its kind event to be held in Birmingham.
The evening’s program is set to be a seamless blend of inspiration, education, and entertainment. Hosted by comedian, broadcaster, creator and activist David Whitely, with a presentation and honours ceremony delivered by director and creator of My Friend Jen, Jenica Leah.
The evening will shed light on the challenges faced by those living with sickle cell disease and the advancements being made in its management and treatment.
“We’ve received immense support from the whole community with tickets selling out in less than 4 weeks. We are expecting guests to attend from all across the UK and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors such as Sanius Health, we have been able to include added extras to make this an extraordinary event.” – Jenica Leah
One of the highlights of the black tie and ball gown evening, also sponsored by Haute Couture clothing brand ‘Dumebi’, will be a Chinese auction. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique items and experiences generously donated by international sponsors and supporters.
Including local art and a couple night’s stay at the luxury, boutique, beachside hotel ‘Geejam’ in Port Antonio, Jamaica.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards funding educational programs in the UK and the building of a holistic health retreat specifically for people living with sickle cell.
This gala serves as a powerful platform to bring together individuals from all walks of life, bridging the gap between patients, caregivers, medical professionals, researchers, and philanthropic organizations. By fostering collaboration and raising awareness, the event aims to create a society that is better equipped to support and empower those living with sickle cell disease.
We invite all members of the press to attend this remarkable gala and help us amplify the message of hope, resilience, and progress. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by sickle cell disease, ensuring they receive the care, understanding, and support they deserve.
Date: Saturday 10th June 2023
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Venue: The Hagley (at the Ibis Styles Hotel)
Address: 313 Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 9LQ
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