Hot 100 2011 - Katrina Thornely and Barkha Shewakramani
Katrina’s mission is very simple: “To increase the awareness of arthritis, so people will not be afraid to ask for help,” says the courageous Patient Support Director for the Emirates Arthritis Foundation.
Katrina has suffered from Arthritis since the age of two and joined the foundation three years ago to help spread awareness and highlight how this crippling disease also affects young people. Today Katrina is successfully doing more than she could have ever imagined, despite her physicial disadvantages. “Last year I completed the Standard Chartered Marathon.
I didn’t know if I could complete it with my arthritis. It was definitely mind over matter.”
It’s very satisfying to know you’ve made a difference to someone’s life, even if it’s in a small way,” says Barkha who is currently the Relations Director for Emirates Arthritis Foundation and also owner of the fashion label Dramaqueen. Last year Barkha used her fashion savvy to help start a new concept called Fashion for a Cause. “We have our ambassadors walking the ramp alongside models in Dubai Fashion Week to show their support for the charity and raise awareness.”
The mother-of-one came across EAF when she was diagnosed with Lupus during her pregnancy. “In my quest for more information, I found EAF and fell in love with the foundation. It’s run by a small team of wonderful people who work hard to spread as much awareness as they can about the disease.”