Final charity bash for flood victims

COME and join the Bangla Bash - and help a major appeal end with a fantastic night of fundraising.

COME and join the Bangla Bash - and help a major appeal end with a fantastic night of fundraising.

That's the message today from organisers of the ABC Appeal which is helping people struck by the devastating cyclone in Bangladesh to rebuild their shattered lives.

Over the past year the appeal has raised £19,000 from a variety of activities and the Bangladeshi community in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Woodbridge is now organising one last big event to push the total past the £20,000 barrier.

The Bangla Bash will take place at Trinity Park, the Suffolk Showground, on October 16 and feature a fine meal, fundraising auction and musical entertainment, including an Abba tribute band, disco and Bangladeshi dancers, for more than 400 people.

Tickets are now on sale - £60 per person or £500 for a table seating ten people.

Organisers are also seeking sponsors for the event - companies, groups or people willing to give a cash donation or a prize for one of the fundraising activities being held during the evening.

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There is also the chance to sponsor a specific aspect of the event - the food, venue or entertainment.

Mahbub Alam Shamim, appeal co-ordinator, said the appeal had gone exceptionally well and had received tremendous and generous support from the community.

“Despite this, the sheer extent of the cyclone has meant that many people in Bangladesh are still without basic necessities like fresh drinking water and shelter, which we take for granted,” he said.

The appeal was launched after a cyclone swept across Bangladesh, killing 15,000 people, damaging more than two million acres of crops and killing 1.25 million livestock.

The Bangladesh government estimated nearly one billion dollars would be needed to rebuild the country and restore livelihoods.

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.

To book a seat or sponsors the event, contact: ABC on 07968 121656 or 07838215147, or e-mail fmiah7@hotmail.com

What do you think of the appeal's success? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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