September 26th, 2016

Dinner event in Redditch to raise funds for refugees

Dinner event in Redditch to raise funds for refugees Dinner event in Redditch to raise funds for refugees
Updated: 3:08 pm, Jun 24, 2016

A FUND-raising dinner on behalf of the Syrian refugees heading for Redditch is to be held at Redditch Town Hall on Saturday, July 9.

The event aims to raise £1,500 to support those families arriving in the town at the end of June.

A few more families are expected to be re-settled in both Redditch and Kidderminster in July, with Bromsgrove and other Worcestershire districts expected to take their share later in the year.

Naeem Arif, vice-chairman of Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcomes Refugees (BRWR), leading the fundraising team said: “We are touched by the generosity of Bromsgrove and Redditch community.

“We are now appealing to the people of Bromsgrove and Redditch to go the extra mile to make the refugees feel welcome in our towns. They are people who are in desperate need of support.”

Mr Arif further added that financial assistance through these funds would enable and dignify Syrian families to be able to make their own decisions.

BRWR has more than 450 volunteers, many of who have a wide range of skills to help the refugees, for example with learning to speak English or as acting as interpreters.

Tickets for next month’s dinner cost £15 and are available from Sue Yeng at . Meanwhile, a clothes collection for Syrian refugees last week at Redditch Mosque and St Luke’s Church resulted in enough donations to fill and entire Transit van.

“The generosity of the Redditch people has yet again been overwhelming and a big thank you to everyone,” said Mrs Yeng.

Her colleague Tasmin Khawaja, who was at the mosque, added: “There has been a wonderful response from the Redditch community. People contributed with open hearts and broad, warm smiles!

“It was a pleasure to collect bags and exchange thoughts with people and many expressed an interest at looking at the mosque from inside. This was kindly facilitated by the Imam and a BRWR team member.

“It was a true atmosphere of community cohesion!”