Raising money to help Gaza victims

    Tuesday, 3rd Feb 2009
    Reading Evening Post

    Women and children raised more than £2,000 for those affected by the Gaza conflict during a fundraiser over the weekend.

    More than 100 people enjoyed face-painting, henna artwork, sports, a Qu’ran competition, cake decorating and an auction at the event on Sunday.

    It took place at Waterloo Meadows Children’s Centre in Elgar Road and also included a talk on Palestine.

    All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ummah Welfare Trust which works to help the people of Gaza.

    Organiser Khateeba Chechi said: “It was a really great event, we loved it. It was a brilliant atmosphere.

    “I was surprised by the amount of money raised. But it’s great as it’s all going to a worthy cause. It was a great chance for women and children to get together to raise money for those in need, while having a brilliant time.”

    The trust formed an appeal on December 28 in response to the Gaza attacks, with plans to raise more than £1 million for those in need.

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