The Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife (the Commission) honoured nine Bahraini fashion designers who participated in the ‘Eventscom First Recyclable Fashion Show and Competition’, which falls under the umbrella of the 6th Annual Eventscom Environmental ‘Treasure Hunt’ Campaign.
The Campaign took place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Head of the Commission, and in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), with the support of the Environmental Citizenship Program of Bahrain Women Association- for Human Development (BWA).
The Bahraini participants—who represented the majority of the 14 fashion designers with submissions in the fashion show—were awarded certificates by Dr. Adel Al Zayani, the Director of the Public Commission, in recognition of their efforts. The ceremony took place at the Commission’s headquarters and was attended by representatives from the Commission; Eventscom Founder and CEO, Mrs. Zahraa Taher; and the award recipients: Hussain Al Hermi, Yara Adel Frotan, Fatima Al Samaheeji, Amal Abdul, Aziz Yousef, Eman Ahmed Musabbeh, Fatima Mandeel, Fatima Hassan, and Safa Sardar representing Tamkeen.
Dr. Al Zayani, who honoured the participants commented, “I am incredibly proud of our creative and socially responsible Bahraini talent for engaging, and being active in highlighting the Kingdom’s environmental issues. Their behaviour is exemplary, and I would like to encourage more Bahrainis to take the lead in such activities which promote environmental awareness, and encourage others to adopt more eco-friendly behaviours.
“I also appreciate Eventscom’s role in creating a unique platform, from which Bahrainis have been able to highlight the environment in general, and recycling in particular,” Dr. Al Zayani added.
Eventscom Founder and CEO, Mrs. Zahra Taher, remarked, "The hosting and reception of the award recipients by Dr. Adel Al Zayani, is a testament to the Commission's belief in the importance of partnering with society to protect and preserve the environment, under the wise leadership of His Highness Shaikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Head of the Commission, and the patron of the campaign.
“The designers deserve to be honoured and recognized for their ability to reinvent and revive common everyday rubbish items which would otherwise burden the environment—such as cups, plastic and paper—and then re-fashion them into the most vibrant and imaginative creations. We were truly stunned to see what they came up with, and we will continue to organize this event and provide greater support for participants in all the various events falling under the Campaign umbrella,” Mrs. Taher concluded.
The ‘First Recyclable Fashion Show and Competition’, which was held at the Lagoon in Amwaj Islands, under the patronage of H.E. Shaikha Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa, President of Child & Motherhood Welfare Society, attracted an audience of over 500 people representing prominent artists and public figures, public officials, NGOs, charity and community organisations, international organisations, and the general public.
The non-profit Environmental Treasure Hunt Campaign was launched by Eventscom in 2003, initially raising community awareness about road safety and security, and driving ethics. The campaign evolved to highlight different environmental issues and environmental sustainability. Since its inception, the Campaign has been instrumental in raising awareness of environmental sustainability in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Among the activities featured under the Campaign umbrella are interactive workshops, training seminars, a summer camp for kids, and movie screenings. The 2009 Campaign also saw the advent of two new activities: the photography competition and the recyclable fashion show—both of which will become a permanent part of the annual campaign due to the overwhelmingly positive response they received from the public.
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