Dining for a worthy cause

tasty September 06, 2018 12:45

By The Nation

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The Peninsula Bangkok invites diners to combine culinary excellence with compassion and empathy to support underprivileged breast cancer patients for the fourth edition of Eat Drink Pink on October 1.

Leading restaurants across Bangkok are taking part in this year’s festival, among them L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Chim by Siam Whisdom, Bo.lan, Suehring, Bunker, Lenzi, LeDu, Baan, Opus, Il Fumo, Issaya Siamese Club, Sensi, Sri Trat, Haoma, Freebird, Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery, Charcoal, Brasserie Cordonnier, La Casa Nostra, Acqua Restaurant, Blue Elephant, La Bottega di Luca, Birds Rotisserie, and Canvas. 

Eat Drink Pink will enable guests to enjoy signature dishes, drinks and snacks prepared by Bangkok’s top chefs, culinary experts and bartenders beside the riverfront. Guests can help support the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation, as all proceeds will be donated to support the establishment of Pink Park Village. 

The second Eat Drink Pink event in October 2015 featured a charitable raffle with memorable prizes, including stays at The Peninsula hotels worldwide, and raised more than Bt1.2 million, while the third edition in November 2017 raised more than Bt1 million.

Under the royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer provides breast cancer diagnosis and treatment for underprivileged breast cancer patients from across Thailand. Her Majesty has described the centre as “a sanctuary for women in Thailand”. The Peninsula Bangkok is a long-time supporter of the Queen Sirikit Centre and its world-leading Pink Park Village in Bangkok, which is the world’s first non-profit holistic care and diagnostic centre and offers a hospice and convalescence home and a day-care and activity centre for breast cancer patients.

Scheduled to partially open in October, Pink Park Village provides comprehensive cancer care by an experienced team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists and nutritionists. It has invested in advanced imaging technologies, a cutting-edge laboratory and molecular tests that were previously beyond the resources of any single institution in Thailand. The first phase is the hospice and convalescence home, which will be a sanctuary for the underprivileged patients and the terminal ones without families to look after them. 

“Our vision for Pink Park Village is to be a place of hope and care, and a genuine ‘sanctuary for all women in need.’ We plan to establish it as an advanced diagnostic leader that will be a benchmark for the region,” said Dr Kris Chatamra, founder and chairman of the foundation.

In addition to supporting Pink Park Village, donations from Eat Drink Pink in previous years have contributed to transforming the second floor of Chulalongkorn Hospital into a world-leading centre for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment for underprivileged patients. The centre uses 3D cone-beam computed tomography equipment, which is the first in the world, and the only breast cancer magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) dedicated for use by disadvantaged patients in Thailand. MRI scanning creates images from various angles of soft tissue parts of the body that are difficult to view using other imaging tests and has improved the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for patients in need while removing the worry of high expenses. 

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women in Thailand, with one in 10 Thai women likely to face the challenge during her lifetime – but more than half of patients do not have access to adequate care. Every year, more than 3,000 Thai women die of breast cancer, and more than 34,000 Thai people suffer from breast cancer, while only 1 per cent is male. Many patients have had to face recovery or death from cancer in abject squalor. Often, these patients have been forced to stay in hospital beds because they simply have nowhere to go, thereby blocking new patients from being diagnosed and treated more quickly. Thus, Pink Park Village has been brought to life to be the home for these patients. 

Tickets for Eat Drink Pink 2018 are priced at Bt3,000 per person. 

To reserve your seat, call (02) 020 2888 or email diningpbk@peninsula.com.