September 24th, 2016

Civic leaders join the fun at Redditch multi-cultural family day out

Civic leaders join the fun at Redditch multi-cultural family day out Civic leaders join the fun at Redditch multi-cultural family day out
United we stand: Councillor Hartnett, Mayor Joe Baker and RMCA chairman Salman Akbar join in the pom pom fun.

A MULTI-cultural family fun day organised by the Redditch Muslim Community Association (RMCA) to celebrate the varied cultures of Redditch and raise money for local causes proved a tremendouse success.

Held on Sunday at the Redi Centre, people from different faiths and cultures came together to enjoy multi-cultural performances, stalls and food from around the world. The event was opened by Karen Lumley MP, attended by a number of local councillors, including Coun Bill Hartnett, the leader of Redditch borough council, and John Campion, the new Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia. The raffle was drawn by the Mayor of Redditch, Coun Joe Baker.

Salman Akbar, Chairman of the RMCA, said: “the event was held to bring together different communities and promote community integration. It was a nice sunny day, we had a great turnout and I would like to thank everyone for making this event a success. We raised over £800, a fantastic amount, which we plan to put back into local causes based in Redditch”.

Children (and adults) danced to various Disney tunes with Minnie, Mickey and Winnie the Pooh and explored the police car while youngsters from Eternal Taal group travelled all the way from Birmingham to perform Dhol music.

Children from the Polish community performed a fabulous dance show and the event included a tombola, raffle, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, face painting and the sale of a wide variety of drinks and cakes, all done by enthusiastic volunteers who were there to make a difference to their community.

Coun Baker said: “It was a pleasure to spend the day at the Reddi Centre’s multi-cultural event, The organisers worked hard to make it a success with lots of money raised for charity. I am proud to be the Mayor of such a diverse and inclusive town.”