A single burger served up yesterday before those attending the ‘Pink Bite’ auction organised by the Pink Caravan yesterday at Galleries Lafayette in Dubai Mall has fetched Dh25,960 ($7,000), breaking the record for the highest price paid for a burger.
The burger was prepared by Pink Caravan ambassador Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah, in support of Pink Caravan’s mission of spreading the message about the importance of early detection to fight breast cancer.
The Higher Organising Committee of the Pink Caravan announced that the charity auction raised Dh72,180.
Pink Caravan ambassadors were divided into three teams to prepare burgers and sell them at the highest price during the 45-minute auction.
Prior to the record, the most expensive burger in the world was one sold for $5,000 in Las Vegas.
Taking part in the Pink Bite event were Pink Caravan ambassadors Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Thani and his team along with his sons, Shaikh Abdullah and Shaikh Sultan, as well as TV presenters Saoud Al Kaabi and Ameera Al Fadl.
The event was held in the presence of Ameera Bin Karam, President of the Board of Trustees and Founding Member of the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) charity, Reem Bin Karam, Head of the Pink Caravan Event Committee, and Pink Caravan ambassador Marwan Jasem Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), in addition to a number of media figures, artists and social figures and dignitaries.
Shaikh Mohammad’s team raised Dh47,520, including the sale of the world’s most expensive burger, while the team of TV presenter Saoud Al Kaabi and artist Fayez Al Saeed managed to collect Dh13,000. TV presenter Ameera Al Fadl along with her team came up with burgers that were sold for Dh11,660. All the proceeds from the auction went to the Pink Caravan.
Ameera Bin Karam, President of the Board of Trustees and Founding Member of FoCP and Head of the Higher Organising Committee, expressed her delight at the level of support the Pink Caravan had received. “I am proud of Pink Caravan ambassadors who have always proved their supportive stand by the Pink Caravan to enable it to achieve its goals. We have succeeded once again in delivering our message in supporting the Pink Caravan’s mission and highlighting breast cancer in a fun and entertaining manner during the Pink Bite event whose revenues will go to the Pink Caravan Ride to raise awareness about early detection of breast cancer.”
She added, “The significant support from UAE leaders and various segments of society is the reason behind the success of the Pink Caravan and what it is today, which will take the charity to a new and qualitative phase to better serve the nation and the Emirati community.”
Russell Impiazzi, Culinary Director of Lafayette Gourmet at Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, added: “It was great to be able to host the Pink Bite event. The pink ambassadors really came together, totally out of their comfort zone and into the kitchen! They were all excellent and embraced the spirit of this charitable event night. Not forgetting a big thank you to all our generous customers who managed to raise an incredible sum of money for such a worthy cause.”
The Pink Caravan will continue its nation-wide tour. It wound through the Ras Al Khaimah Women’s Higher Colleges of Technology, passing through Saqr Hospital, Manar Mall, and will conclude its ride in front of the Cove Rotana Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, travelling 28 km on day four of the ride, bringing the total distance travelled by the riders to 96.5 km.
Mobile clinics at Saif Bin Ghobash Hospital, Saqr Hospital and Shaam Hospital offered medical examinations and breast cancer screenings to 690 people, including 489 women and 201 men, with Emiratis accounting for 176 of them, compared to 514 expatriates. A total of 212 cases were referred for further mammogram screenings.
This brings the total number of screened people to 2,481, including 577 men and 1,904 women.
At Shaam Hospital, Pink Caravan’s medical team of doctors, nurses and health counsellors received a warm welcome with Hospital Manager Ahmad Ali Al Mahboubi presenting a certificate of appreciation to the Pink Caravan on behalf of the administration of the hospital in a show of appreciation and recognition of their efforts.
He said, “This is the fourth year we have participated in the Pink Caravan Ride, which aims to serve the region and educate the public. I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of hospitals that have cooperated in the distribution of doctors and nurses to facilitate medical check-ups and examinations. The hospital’s clinics this year saw impressive response by men to get breast cancer early detection screenings, signifying the effectiveness of the Pink Caravan in raising awareness and education about breast cancer.”
The Pink Caravan will start its journey on Saturday from Ajman Kempinski Hotel in Ajman at 9 am, passing through Sharjah ladies Club and the Central Market and Al Majaz Waterfront, and will arrive at Al Qasba at 5:30 pm, travelling 32.9 km. Mobile clinics will open their doors on Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm at Mizher Healthcare Centre, Ousha Bint Al Hussain Cultural Centre in Dubai and Sharjah Charity Society.