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February 14 2011

Ronald Searle cartoons go on show to help breast cancer charities

Private drawings he created while his wife suffered from the disease will be on display at Cartoon Museum in London

Cheerful Mrs Mole pottered happily around her idyllic home, stitching patchwork, making cakes, stirring pots, arranging flowers, at an absolutely gruesome time in the lives of the cartoonist Ronald Searle and his wife, Monica.

The complete collection of Mrs Mole drawings, created by Searle and intended as private, bittersweet jokes never meant for publication, will go on display at the Cartoon Museum in London this week.

In 1969, Monica was diagnosed with breast cancer and given only a few months to live. She was offered a course of what in those days was seen as an experimental form of chemotherapy. Searle, regarded by his peers as the greatest living cartoonist, recalls his reaction: "I had only my talent for drawing ... so I drew."

He gave her the Mrs Mole drawings as she lay in her hospital bed in Paris, one for each of her treatments, showing Monica's alter ego cheerful and busy in a setting heavily based on their own home in a village in Provence.

The drawings were full of details from their domestic life: her grandmother also pottered about carrying a basket of keys, and in the renovation of their own house they had recently discovered a bundle of huge, ancient keys. Monica recalled: "I would lie in bed, living the life he created in the pictures."

She was pronounced clear of the cancer in 1975, and today they still live in Mrs Mole's beautiful house.

Searle, whose first published drawings recall the three and a half years he survived in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, and who went on to create the hellish schoolgirls from St Trinians and the immortal Nigel Molesworth, has been awarded a CBE in Britain and the Legion d'Honneur in his adopted home in France. He is a trustee of the Cartoon Museum, which mounted a retrospective last year to mark his 90th birthday.

The museum is working with breast cancer charities on the exhibition, which runs until 20 March.

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April 26 2010

Brunei Foodies Go Pink 2010

Brunei bloggers have initiated a new charity project for 2010. Last year local bloggers and foodies got together to support and promote a charity recipe book which resulted in B$10,000 funds raised for the participation of Brunei Special Athletes for the Special Olympics Games in Greece in 2011. This year, bloggers and foodies have agreed to support another local cause to raise funds and create awareness about breast cancer.  The project this year is better organised and coordinated hand in hand with the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group ( BBCSG). The theme  chosen was aptly named as Brunei Foodies Go Pink in support of the Pink Pride Breast Cancer Awareness. For this year's recipe book project, desserts were selected as the main food offering.

Food tasting commenced

Food tasting commenced

Pink Merchandise were sold to raise funds for the Support Group

Pink Merchandise were sold to raise funds for the Support Group

A Pink Sunday Foodie event was recently organised to kick off the project. Recipe contributors and foodies were invited to bring their contributions to Casa Esperanza for food testing. A voting was conducted to select the most popular recipes. Some 53 dishes were shared and as a result, 51 recipes were collected which will be published and sold to the public. All proceeds will go to the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group, in helping them raise awareness about a disease that affects many in the country, to buy prosthesis and support for cancer patients.

The project has raised the standards of blogging in the country as blogs provide an avenue for bloggers to get together to support local causes that affect the community. It was also a success as the respective talents of the bloggers complement one another ranging from those who blog on IT, photographs, ideas and public outreach. These talents were all utilised in ensuring that the project would ran smoothly.  The other success of the project was having the event in an informal and social setting which provided a free flow of exchanges on an issue that many still see as a taboo.

Mr. Thanis Lim, the winner in the event with his Chocolate Lava Cake

Mr. Thanis Lim, the winner in the event with his Chocolate Lava Cake

The Brunei Times reported:

“BRUNEIANS should take the initiative to offer their voluntary support in promoting local non-profit organisations' (NGOs) good causes, rather than wait for the NGOs to hold fundraising activities.”

“We hope to see more of this, not only bloggers but also whoever wants to come up to us and collaborate in activities and raise more funds,” said Masjuwita Hj Abd Hamid, president of the breast cancer support group.She said that the support group will use the proceeds from the fundraiser to promote more awareness activities and provide breast cancer patients the necessities which some could not afford.”


Ciliqueen shared her experience after attending and supporting the cause through her blog:

“It is really rewarding for me when I can see people giving up a little bit of their time to attend the Go Pink! event. You will feel a real sense of pride for helping to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. I met new people and of course plenty of mouthful opportunities to have some fun tasting with those sinful and delicious desserts!”

Speak off the Cuff shared her adventure at the Pink Foodie Event

“Can't wait for the book to come out tho'. Hopefully, each entry/recipe comes with the contact details of the baker/creator, as I am keen to order some of these goodies..nom..nom..nom..nom”

bahulu pick me up

Two local bloggers Chef Nash and Turquoise and Roses also wrote about the event.

“For those who do not know, Pick-Me-Up is the English word for Tiramisu. I chose this dessert because I think it’s appropriate owing to my recent obsession with coffee. That and I found these awesome big giant sweet strawberries in Hua Ho. Happy!”, said Turquoise and Roses.

Another blogger and baker, Sas Monroe attended the event:

“I just came back from the Go Pink Foodie Event for Breast Cancer. Not knowing what recipe to contribute at first, i settled for my simple Banana Cake recipe. One of my many favourite things in this whole wide world.I was first introduced to the cake when i was studying in Melbourne… Will be selling the banana cake on The Cakery soon..and will be donating $2 for every banana cake sold to the Breast Cancer Support Group Recipe should also be available in the Pink Foodie Recipe Book which will be out pretty soon. cant wait. i have to thank Pablo for pushing me to contribute a recipe. lol. “

Avocado mousse

Pasir Puteh, a photoblogger, shares his wonderful shots of the desserts in his post. His photographs will be used to illustrate the wonderful recipes for the book. He also observed that there were more participants this year compared to the previous blogfest activity.

“Was at Casa Esperanza on Sunday to give a wee bit of support to the Pink Foodies crew. I think the turn out was something like 3 times as many as the previous one in December . If it gets any bigger (which it definitely would), we may need a villa/the ballroom @ the Empire ;P. “

Foodies Contributors . Photo by Chee.

Thank you to a local bank who has kindly sponsored the cost of printing the book and many from the local community who came forward to donate cash and prizes for the Pink Foodie Event. This  shows how bloggers can unite in their aspiration to contribute towards a meaningful cause in the community. The book is currently in the final editing stages before being sent to the printer for publishing.

All photos are from Senor Pablo apart from the last group photo.
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