Calypsonian Destra brings chutney soca artiste Rikki Jai to his knees during their performance at Bombay Dreams 3. —Photos: ISHMAEL SALANDY

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Making angels' dreams come through

The third edition of the annual fashion gala, Bombay Dreams 3 took place on Tuesday at the Hilton Trinidad in Port of Spain where several local designers came together to raise funds on behalf of the Angels on Earth Foundation and the Mary Care Centre.

Among the designers coming together for the event, held under the patronage of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, were: Meiling, Heather Jones, Peter Elias and House of Jaipur. There were also performances by Denyse Plummer, the Shiv Shakti Dancers and Rikki Jai who joined Destra for a duet. The Ballroom of the Hilton was transformed into an Eastern oasis by Brian Mac Farlane who even took to the ramp as a model on the night delighting the guests.

Established by Angela Campbell-Gomes, the Angels on Earth Foundation provides a home in Trinidad and Tobago for children and adolescents under the age of 18 who have been abused, neglected, and have no suitable environment in which to live. The Foundation is responsible for ensuring that the children are enrolled in school and are provided with a loving, nurturing environment in which they may lead secure, comfortable lives.

The Mary Care Centre is a sanctuary for unmarried, pregnant, young women founded by the late Archbishop of Port of Spain, Anthony Pantin in his concern for and commitment to the preservation of life. In September 1980, the property at Gallus Street, Woodbrook was acquired with assistance from the Trinidad and Tobago Government. The centre is a non-profit organisation funded by donations received from the private and public sector.

The objectives of Mary Care Centre are two-fold: to provide a safe and secure environment for the pregnant mother to give birth to her child and also to enable the young mother to be employable at the end of her stay

at the Centre. The Centre opens wide its door to young, pregnant, unmarried women from throughout the region regardless of their background or religious beliefs and tries to impart to them that the value of life is sacred. The young women are taught, most importantly to pray for others as well as themselves. We in the following photographs take a look at some of the creations from the House of Jaipur presented at the event.

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