“Runway Moms for a Cause” (RMFC) is a fashion fundraising event that is a signature event for Runway for a Cause Foundation, a Maryland nonprofit organization with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3. Labeled a visual fashion statement for Global Goodwill, RMFC is a runway show for philanthropists to take a stance on an often overlooked issue, and lend a helping hand towards a solution. As part of the Mother’s Day celebrations in the month of May, 2017, the 5th annual RMFC fundraiser fashion show/mom celebration will take place at The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center located at 3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783 on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 11pm. The event will be hosted by Paul Wharton of Fox Television.
The fifth annual, black tie, event will focus on “Power Moms” raising funds for local non-profit organization called Safari Doctors. Safari Doctors is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of Kenya. Safari Doctors work to improve and strengthen quality, access, and delivery of health services and information for marginalized communities with a focus currently in Lamu, Kenya. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partners, the Safari Doctors crew set sails once a month during high tide and embarks on to the rough roads to visit remote communities. On board is the crew, a nurse, a clinical officer and a visiting specialist who provide basic curatives services. Depending on the availability of volunteering specialists, Safari Doctors plans to host trips that meet gaps of, dental, optometry, gynecology and other services as they grow and expand.
For the 2017 show, we anticipate about 200 guests that are representative of DC’s elite, dignitaries, corporations and global media. Philanthropic “Power Moms” in the DMV area have been invited to participate in this initiative, and will grace the runway, adorned in one of- a- kind pieces by L~Shandi Designs. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by live performances and a professional style runway show. In addition to the runway show, there will also be silent auction and raffle drawings throughout the evening.
Safari Doctors was founded by Umra Omar in 2014 to support the provision of medical services and advance the health rights for Lamu's indigenous people. The project entails mobilizing a crew of medical professionals to travel around the Lamu archipelago delivering health solutions to the isolated Aweer and Bajuni communities. Given the remoteness and the insecurities, Safari Doctors navigates these challenges by using a traditional dhow. This low technology traditional means is not only cost effective but also sustainable.
Their projects particularly benefit children and expectant mothers by easing the challenging journey and mobilizing health professionals to their vicinity on a reliable and sustainable basis.
They embark on monthly mobile clinics that begin by sail through Mtangawanda, Kiangwe, Ndau, Kiwayu and Mkokoni as per the needs identified in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Their typical trips cover almost 200 kilometers and a population of over 10,000 people when they travel by sea, serving the villages along the shore. The then continue by road to cover the villages on main land that include Mararani, Mangai, Basuba and Milimani. Taking full advantage of the current Ministry of Health structures with community health workers on the ground and nurses in various villages, the visits are organized with localized insight and precision.
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