While I look for inspiration for my next blog post I am reproducing a message from Dr. Aamir Hannan from Cheshire who along with a group of other caring citizens are trying to ensure that the plight of Swat IDPs is not forgotten and that there is still a lot more we can do.
In just over 2 weeks time, we have arranged a Swat Charity Iftar at Davenport Green Hall, Hale Barns. We hope to raise much needed funds for the people who have been displaced as a result of the conflict in Swat where the people have been “almost forgotten”. There are 3 main ways we will enable money raised to reach the people on the ground there – Muslim Hands who already have a large presence there, the International Foundation for Mothers and Children Health [IFMCH] and Allama Mashriqi who are a new movement in Pakistan looking to help provide employment for the poor and better justice for all. There will be brief presentations from them explaining who they are and what they hope to achieve with the money raised. All profits from the event will go to support the people of Swat.
A number of items have been donated for the cause to be auctioned on the night including a signed Manchester United T-shirt and (hopefully!) a cricket bat signed by members of the Pakistan cricket team. There will be some beautiful Islamic art too. We will also be producing a booklet for you to take home with the details of kind sponsors as well without whom this event could not have taken place. I also understand the BBC are planning to come and record the event. We are also hoping to have a Muslim TV channel record the event so that it can be beamed over to Pakistan too. We have also invited the local priest and rabbi and others so that they may also join us in helping the people in Swat. There will also be a 3 course Indian meal with full waiter service for your total comfort.
Tickets cost £25 for adults, £10 for children and under 7s free.
If you know anybody that may wish to be a sponsor for the event or you would like to promote your business in the booklet then please ask them to contact me – an advert costs £250 or for £500 you get a table with 10 places as well as a table to promote your activities on the night as well as an advert.
The evening starts promptly at 7pm (please arrive before then!). Insha’Allah we hope the speeches and auction will be completed by 8pm at the latest.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TICKETS NOW AS THEY ARE SELLING FAST AND WE DO NOT WISH TO DISAPPOINT ANYBODY. WE ALSO NEED TO ARRANGE TABLE PLANS FOR THE EVENING.
Please forward this e-mail to any friends, colleagues or any other people that you think may be interested in coming. I would be very grateful if you could also personally contact 5 other people asking them if they would like to come too whether you can come or not. Activities such as this can be successful if we all do our part and support each other.