Curry nights help cyclone victims

SPECIAL meal nights at restaurants in Ipswich and Felixstowe have raised thousands of pounds to help people struck by a devastating cyclone in Bangladesh.

SPECIAL meal nights at restaurants in Ipswich and Felixstowe have raised thousands of pounds to help people struck by a devastating cyclone in Bangladesh.

In addition, the ABC Appeal has been boosted by meals away from the restaurants - with churches in Ipswich donating £700 raised from their Lent dinners this year.

Alam Shamim, from the appeal, said: “This was a wonderful gesture and we are very grateful.

“It is wonderful when faiths all work together like this to support each other and most importantly to help the people caught up in this dreadful cyclone.”

The money was presented at the Ipswich Mosque in Bond Street.

Mr Shamim's restaurant of Bombay Nite in Walton High Street, Felixstowe, recently held a special meal night - raising around £1,800.

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He said it had been a very enjoyable evening, well attended, and thanked everyone who came along.

The Gandhi Restaurant, St Peter's Street, Ipswich, raised about £1,500 from their evening, the latest in the series.

A spokesman for the restaurant said: “It was a very successful evening and we had a very good turn-out and it was a lot of fun.”

Raffles during the evening had also contributed £340 towards the total.

The ABC Appeal was launched by the area's Bangladeshi community and is supported by a wide range of organisations, including companies, councils, banks, Ipswich Town, civic leaders and the police, and the media.

One of the main aims is to fund the complete reconstruction of one of the villages destroyed by the cyclone last November.

Fundraisers say every penny makes a huge different - £5 can buy a family food for a day, £10 pays for medical needs for a whole family, £20 provides clothing for a family, £50 for a household water purifier, £100 pays for a temporary shelter for a family and just £300 for a permanent family shelter.

Further events were held at the Maharani, Norwich Road, Ipswich, and Mumbai in Coachman Court, Ipswich.

The cyclone killed 15,000 people, damaged more than two million acres of crops and killed 1.25 million livestock.

The Bangladesh government estimates nearly one billion dollars will be needed to rebuild the infrastructure and restore livelihoods.

Are you helping with the fundraising - call the Newsdesk on 01473 324788 with details of events.