Fundraising bid for cyclone victims

AN Ipswich restaurant owner is hoping to raise thousands with a charity night in aid of victims of the cyclone which has ravaged parts of Bangladesh.Chart-topping singer Shola Ama will provide musical entertainment at Jamil's Koh-i-Noor where guests will pay £15 for a three-course meal, all of which will be donated to Oxfam's disaster relief project in the country.

AN Ipswich restaurant owner is hoping to raise thousands with a charity night in aid of victims of the cyclone which has ravaged parts of Bangladesh.

Chart-topping singer Shola Ama will provide musical entertainment at Jamil's Koh-i-Noor where guests will pay £15 for a three-course meal, all of which will be donated to Oxfam's disaster relief project in the country.

There will also be a curry auction where diners can place bids, and the highest bidders will get curry to the value of their bid cooked for them at the restaurant whenever they want.

Mr Malik, who owns the Crown Street restaurant, and whose family are from Bangladesh, is also donating a third of the money spent by his customers on food during an entire week to the charity.

He is hoping to raise around £5,000 for those affected by flooding and food shortages in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr.

Mr Malik said: “It really hit me hard when I saw pictures on television of a child standing alone and crying - he had lost everything, his home and his family.

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“I was thinking that no government or overseas help can ever get back what that child has lost, but then I had the idea that people in Ipswich, or anywhere in the world, can help to give him back his life.

“There is a lot of fundraising going on across the world at the moment, and we wanted to do something big in Ipswich to help.”

A third of the money spent on food in the week leading up to Saturday from Saturday will be given to Oxfam.

He said: “I have family over there still but thankfully they are not living in the areas which have been affected.”

Tickets for the event are on sale for £15, which includes a three-course meal and a drink.

All of the money paid for tickets and during the auction will be donated to charity.

For more information telephone Jamil's Koh-i-Noor on 01473 217999 or just turn up on the night where tickets can be purchased on the door.

Has a member of your family been affected by the disaster in Bangladesh? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

A HAIRDRESSER has pledged to donate ten per cent of the money spent by her customers over the next week to survivors of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

The money will be donated by Alison Ashford on behalf on anyone who pays for a haircut at Pasha, High Street, Ipswich, until Saturday.

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