ANGELO M MARCELLE
IN keeping with the dress code, women turned out in red for an evening of entertainment which was specially focused on health and affairs of the heart.
As a partial gift to their customers, Guardian Life employees Kelly Ann Jones, Joanne Frederick, Pauline Mc Kenna and Jennen Salim hosted Affairs of The Heart at the Guardian Group building in Chaguanas.
Singer David Allan serenaded the women at the event and some were asked to walk down the “catwalk” to model their outfits. Joining them was UNC Sen Khadijah Ameen who also shared her thoughts on women and health.
Presenters advised the women to give serious thought to the health of their heart. The point was further emphasised by the emotional account of Aliyaa Thomas who suffered a heart attack earlier this year. As she related the incident, she constantly rubbed her chest and held back the tears.
Director of the TT Heart Foundation (TTHF) Dr Shaliza Maraj gave a presentation on cardiovascular disease (CVD) which includes coronary artery diseases (CAD) such as angina and myocardial infarction (commonly known as a heart attack). The foundation is a supporter of Go Red For Women which is a social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart’s health.
The feature address was delivered by Closet Red managing director Sonja Pollonais. The clothing store entrepreneur spoke about her trials as a full-figured woman and how she was able to overcome her low self-esteem. Her ability to do such, inspired her to become a successful businesswomen and cater for other women who would be considered curvy, she said.