Global Gift Gala Dubai

The Global Gift Gala returned to Dubai for its fifth consecutive year on Thursday. The star-studded event was held in the Palazzo Versace in aid of Dubai Cares, Harmony House and victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The Global Gift Gala is a unique international initiative from the Global Gift Foundation, a charity founded by Maria Bravo that is dedicated to philanthropic events worldwide; to help raise funds and make a difference towards children and women across the globe.

Guests were treated to performances of ‘Despacito’ from international star Luis Fonsi, a rousing rendition from Asian soprano Seia Lee, and a special performance from the Emirates Community Symphonic Orchestra. Those lucky enough to attend the sold-out event also enjoyed cuisine from two-star Michelin chef, Mansour Memarian.

The Global Gift Gala, presented and sponsored by CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel, Huda Beauty, and Cocobay Vietnam, hosted international stars such as Adrien Brody, Vanessa Williams, Luis Fonsi, and Alesha Dixon at the annual black-tie charity evening, with Tom Urquhart emceeing the event. The event as attended by stars and entrepreneurs including Founder, Maria Bravo and EastofEden’s very own Nick Ede, who is the worldwide ambassador of Global Gift Foundation.

Hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars was raised from the charity auction, with an artwork by famed British artist Sacha Jafri taking the highest bid and a painting from Adrien Brody, which sold for $42,000.

2017 is the ‘Year of Giving’ in the UAE, and in keeping with the motif 100% of funds raised during the Gala will go towards supporting programs in five different continents making it a truly global gala in partnership with Dubai Cares. Together with Global Gift Foundation, both entities will see projects in India (Harmony House), Europe, America and Asia benefitted, and a donation being made on behalf of Global Gift Foundation to Puerto Rico which was recently left devastated by Hurricane Maria, with 100% of proceeds going to charity.

Special awards were handed out to Vanessa Williams, Lucy Bruce, and Charlotte Knight for their philanthropic pursuits. British singer, model & TV presenter and Honorary Chair Alesha Dixon presented Vanessa Williams with The Global Gift Excellence Award for her continuous contribution to philanthropic causes, while Charlotte Knight was honoured with the Global Gift Philantropreneur Award, and Lucy Bruce was recognised for her work with Harmony House as the Global Gift Philanthropist Award.

A fabulous end to a year that has seen the Global Gift Gala and EastofEden travel everywhere from Edinburgh, to Dubai, London to Marbella.

Christmas: A Gift For Your Gut

As November became December, we had our first real cold snap of winter and those shorter days suddenly seemed much more apparent. Coupled with Christmas lights twinkling up and down the country, the sense of festive frivolity has certainly started to take hold. It’s a magical time of the year and what makes it extra special in my eyes is the amazing food we share.

Let’s be honest, the festive season is synonymous with over-indulgence and the impact of this is something to worry about the day after. For most, this results in slight and temporary discomfort, but for those with bowel conditions such as Bowel Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and IBS, Christmas can be a plaguing time, with sufferers often feeling left isolated and alone.

To shine a light on what it’s like for the 340,000+ individuals coping with these chronic conditions, leading authority Bowel & Cancer Research have teamed up with expert nutritionist Lily Soutter to offer tips and tricks that will help the wider community to create a festive environment that everyone can enjoy whilst also keeping our gut health in optimum condition…

In addition, Bowel & Cancer Research are calling upon well-known and aspiring foodies to create alternative dishes for those with bowel conditions, using ingredients that are friendly to the digestive system and yet offer wholesome, delicious and fun foods, perfect for the party season.

As many as 40% of people within the UK have at least one digestive symptom at any one time. Fortunately, this campaign explores 10 simple things to consider that will be a gift for your gut this Christmas.

You can check out the top 10 tips here.