‘Bombay Dreams 4’ coming
Tassa drums are echoing through the entrance to the Hilton Ballroom, dancers in East Indian and African costumes are making their way through the crowds.
In the ballroom, the guests are dressed in all their finery, sipping on wine or cocktails, tasting savoury Indian delicacies.
The room is magically decorated with multiple lights, draping and shining dinnerware.
The whole atmosphere is one of pure elegance and beauty.
The blowing of a conch shell, call to attendance and the curtain rises on Bombay Dreams 4—The finale.
This year on October 22, the team behind Bombay Dreams, Riddums Productions, House of Jaipur and MacFarlane Design Studios are pulling out all the stops to produce the most amazing show yet.
This successful charity event, in it’s fourth year, has assisted a number of charities over the years: The Children’s Life Fund, The Vitas House Hospice, The Shelter, Mary Care and The Angels on Earth Foundation.
This year the charity is especially dear to Brian MacFarlane as he was touched by the story of a little boy, Sataish, who passed away because the treatment for his illness wasn’t available in Trinidad and Tobago.
Bombay Dreams 4 will be handing over the proceeds for this years show to The Just Because Foundation to assist in the purchase of a machine called an APHERESIS machine—which is like a heamodialysis device—this machine is not available in Trinidad and Tobago’s public health facilities. Ideally it would be installed at Children’s Ward at Mount Hope or General Hospital under management of the North West Regional Health Authority and the use will be free and available to all. It will be used to treat the following conditions:
• LDL receptor defect leading to familial hypercholesterolaemia (Sataish’s condition).
• Can be used to isolate platelets from a single donor instead of multiple donors as is presently the case.
• It can be used to provide red cell apheresis as necessary for individuals with sickle cell disease in crisis or pre-operatively.
As a sole result of especially items 2 and 3 listed above the demand can be quite heavy on such a machine.
The Just Because Foundation is an incorporated, non-profit, paediatric cancer-support organisation in Trinidad and Tobago established by Noel and Chevaughn Joseph who, after a tenacious two-year battle, lost their 5 1/2-year-old son Jabez ‘JB’ Joseph to alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.
The Just Because Foundation provides emotional, practical and social support for families of children with cancer. They offer short term housing for families who travel from remote areas in Trinidad and Tobago and from other Caribbean countries with their child for chemotherapy or radiation treatment in Trinidad.
They transport the children and parents to and from treatment centres. They also provide support for the siblings of the sick child because they often fall into the shadows because the focus often shifts away from them to the child with cancer. One of the ways they do this is by taking the sick child’s siblings out for the day so they can enjoy some time away from the pressures of home and hospital
What makes them so unique is that they are the only facility of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. This unique service is provided at absolutely no cost to the affected families. The cornerstone of their organisation is to offer hope, support and compassion as they provide care for children with cancer.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Dhisha Moorjani’s House of Jaipur. The concept of Bombay Dreams is Dhisha’s brainchild so she promises an even more exciting collection to celebrate this wonderful landmark with her fellow designers: Peter Elias, Heather Jones and Claudia Pegus.
The entertainment promises to be as exciting as usual: Neval Chattelal, Aaron Duncan, Xtreme Breakers, Michelle Xavier and Satnarine Ragoo.
Bombay Dreams 4 will take you on yet another enthralling journey of fashion, culinary delights, entertainment and magical ambience.
Tickets can be bought at House of Jaipur, O’Connor St, Veni Mange Restaurant, 67A Ariapita Ave, Peter Elias, Ellerslie Plaza and West Mall, Rhea’s San Fernando.