Indian community collects Kerala relief fund in England

Joginder Bains

Indian Workers’ Association GB (IWA-GB) and Indian Community Centre (ICC) organised a fund-raising event that was held on September 29, 2018 at the Indian Community Centre, Rawdon Street, Derby from 5pm-10 pm. The money raised reached £13,000 (Rs 12.61 lakhs) and it will be deposited into the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Kerala has suffered unprecedented floods, causing 400 deaths, made thousands of people homeless, destroyed the means of their income and the infrastructure including roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and much more. It will take months, may be years before Kerala is rebuilt for which long term help will be needed.

The programme was managed by Rajinder Singh Bains and was chaired by Ajit Singh Dosanjh, secretary and president respectively of IWA, Derby branch. Opening remarks were made by Harsev Singh Bains, national vice president of IWA. He explained the level of damage in Kerala and the importance of united help. He assured everyone that every penny of their contribution will be used to rebuild Kerala.

Indian Workers Association and Indian Community Centre thanked the Derby residents for making the event successful. The help, support and assistance were offered by people from all sections of Derby, breaking racial, religious and political boundaries. The event was attended by more than three hundred Derby residents from all sections making it truly multi-cultural. People contributed from £5 to £500.

Food was donated by Desi Sweet Centre, Shahanshah, Krishna Sweet Centre, Slice of India and all Derby Gurudwaras which went into the collection as tickets were sold for the event and the money raised was donated to the Kerala fund. The Gurudwaras offered food and hundreds of pounds donation. More importantly many of our sisters prepared chapatis at home. Malkiat Singh Sahota from “Sahota Photographic Service, Derby” offered photo shoots and he donated every pound raised to the relief fund. The IWA-ICC wholeheartedly thanked the contributors.

Shakti Art Academy, Punjab Bhangra Group, Kulwinder Singh Johal– T V and radio artist, Satish Verma, Nirmal Singh Johal, Komolita, DJ Poll and finally Ranjana, Praveen and Aditya professional artists from India offered wonderful but free entertainment that everyone enjoyed. The IWA-ICC thanked them as well for their service.

IWA-ICC appreciates everyone who helped in selling tickets, decorating the hall, served food, managed money; made everyone comfortable and helped cleared the hall. 

Indian Workers’ Association and Indian Community Centre will ensure that it is used for rebuilding Kerala and not for any other purpose.

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