Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – October, a month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, has seen an inspiring act of compassion and generosity by Madam Mary Ann KaiKai, brand owner of Madam Wokie’s Design who, in loving memory of family members Gina and Sisi Gweh lost to breast cancer, has in recent past, extended a helping hand to those currently undergoing cancer treatment at Connaught Hospital.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time for responsible institutions as well as individuals to unite in the fight against breast cancer, raise awareness, and support those affected by this pervasive disease.
Madam Wokie, a prominent name in fashion and philanthropy, donated some sets of Gara gowns to each patient currently undergoing cancer treatment at Connaught Hospital. Gara gowns, with their vibrant and intricate patterns, are not just garments; they represent a significant part of Sierra Leonean culture and heritage.
This meaningful donation aims to bring comfort and a touch of home to the patients as they battle through their cancer treatments. Each gown is not just a piece of clothing but a symbol of strength, resilience, and the enduring spirit of the women fighting this disease.
Madam Wokie’s initiative did not stop with the beautiful Gara gowns. The donation also included toiletry kits generously contributed by friends and families who are supporting her cause. These kits are intended to provide the patients with essential personal care items, making their journey a little more comfortable during a challenging time.
This act of kindness resonates deeply with the breast cancer patients at Connaught Hospital, reminding those fighting it that they are not alone in their fight and that the community stands with them, offering support and comfort in various forms.
Madam KaiKai expressed deep gratitude for the outpouring of support and shared their vision for this compassionate initiative. She stated, ” as a brand, our mission has always been to blend fashion and philanthropy to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, stating that the donation, inspired by the memory of Gina and Sisi Gweh, underscores their commitment to using their resources to provide solace and support to those bravely battling breast cancer.
The CEO further added, “It is our hope that this gesture not only provides tangible comfort through Gara gowns and toiletry kits but also conveys a message of unwavering solidarity. In our small way, we want to be able to build hope for these resilient women, showing that they are not alone on their journey. We encourage everyone to find their unique ways of contributing to the cause and, together, we can illuminate the path for breast cancer patients, bringing light to their challenging journey.”
One of the nurses at Connaught Hospital expressed profound gratitude for Madam Wokie’s generous donations, saying, “These Gara gowns and toiletry kits have brought a ray of light into the lives of our breast cancer patients. The gowns are not just beautiful garments; they carry the strength of our culture and serve as symbols of resilience for our patients. The toiletry kits provide essential comforts during their challenging treatment journey. Madam Wokie’s kindness shows that our patients are not alone in their fight against breast cancer. This act of love and empathy has a powerful healing effect, and we are deeply appreciative.”
Another nurse continued, “Madam Wokie’s initiative reflects the very essence of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, reminding us all that we can make a significant impact by extending a helping hand and showing support in our unique and heartfelt ways. The hope and solidarity conveyed through these gifts go beyond the tangible items,” adding that they touch the hearts of their patients and inspire them to continue their courageous battle against this disease.”
A grateful beneficiary of Madam Wokie’s generosity shared, “Receiving these beautiful Gara gowns and toiletry kits is like being wrapped in warmth and love during a time of great challenge. These gowns are not just clothing; they are symbols of the strength and culture of our people. The toiletry kits provide a sense of dignity and comfort that eases our journey. Madam Wokie’s kindness is a reminder that we are not alone in our battle, and any positive support means the world to us. It is these acts of kindness that give us the strength to keep fighting against breast cancer, and we are deeply touched by this heartfelt gesture.” PSN/27/10/2023