“Nobody is a poor thing here!” Eight women cancer survivors lived this Monday, at the Palácio dos Condes d 'Óbidos, in Lisbon, the first day of the rest of their lives, receiving “love and happiness” and the certainty that they “ have a lifetime ahead of them ”.
It was with this objective that the oncologist doctor Ana Massena organized, for the first time in Portugal, the Solidarity Event + Woman, an action to help and support women who have overcome the disease and “are ready to start living again”.
“My idea was to honor people who had cancer. We did not want a paternalistic attitude, as is customary at this time. We didn't want to raise funds for anything or anyone. We just wanted to donate a good day. We are offering happiness, ”explained Ana Massena, a professional at the National Health Service.
The action was divided into two moments, all lived in the Paalace of the Portuguese Red Cross, managed exclusively by Casa do Marquês. In the early afternoon, the eight women had make-up and nutrition classes, having followed an individual photographic production in lingerie and another all together.
“These are beautiful women who have come out of their illness and have to learn to live again, ”says oncologist Ana Massena, who believes that overcoming cancer“ is more traumatic than people think ”. “The woman ceases to be sick but is afraid of becoming again. There is a great ambiguity of feelings, ”continues the clinic.
At the end of the day, the Palace welcomed guests and companies that joined this solidarity event. "We had the support of many organizations and providers, who offered their services to this cause, and without which it would not have been possible, such as Casa do Marquês", adds the doctor.
“Casa do Marquês is a family business that has grown and become a market leader based on the quality of its services, the professionalism of its business practices but also the respect for social values is embedded in our DNA. And so it was naturally and with great satisfaction that we associated ourselves with this noble cause, ”says Miguel Seijo y Seijo, CEO of the Casa do Marquês group, for whom“ big companies are not just about numbers and business success, but also in pursuing a solid social responsibility ”.
Casa do Marquês and the Portuguese Red Cross signed a ten-year agreement earlier this month providing for the exclusive management of the event spaces of the "Palácio dos Condes d 'Óbidos", located in one of the most central and emblematic areas of Lisbon.
The Palace, a 17th century building, acquired in 1919 by the Portuguese Red Cross, has several halls for weddings, baptisms, cocktails, exhibitions, gala dinners, product launches, seminars and other social, cultural events. or business.
This new venue, which joins the exclusive portfolio of Casa do Marquês, has five rooms with a capacity of between 40 and 200 people and a terrace with stunning views of the Tagus River that can accommodate up to 200 people for dinner and 350 for Cocktails